When is the right time to increase meds
Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:09 PM
My question is this: I am starting to get stiff a little more often. Meds don't seem to last in the evenings as much as earlier. I know meds will need to be increased, but I don't know how much decrease in movement I should encounter before calling the Dr?
Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:31 AM
Dx 2004, age 45. DBS surgery, 2009: Bi-lateral STN placement; wires to one battery - on my left side. Battery has sustained for 7 years and counting; but I anticipate needing a new one this year (2016). Zero Sinemet CR daily (this took six and a half years to accomplish). 300mg Amantadine daily. 30mg Cymbalta daily. SPS: Right. I invite communication with anyone who wishes to discuss DBS, PD, or any related topic; my email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org - email me if you'd like my phone number.
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." --Plato
Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:09 PM
Kim gave you some good advice. I would say when you feel and experience a loss of effectiveness with the current regimen, it may be time to discuss an increase or change... Just keep that option balanced with the potential increase in side effects (from more meds) as well as the fact that most meds have a dosage ceiling... at some point, there will be a diminishing return. It's alot to think about, but don't deny yourself something that will improve the quality of your life. Keep pressing on...
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