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Experiences of medicines

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26/04/2017
Female, 52
Overall satisfaction 4

Rizatriptan (rizatriptan benzoate)
Migraine

Satisfaction with
4
4
5
4
My monthly migraines last around 2 days/evenings. Rizatriptan (and before that Maxalt) work well and I wake up headache-free. It narrows the blood vessels which is necessary for me during the day time. My side effects: lightheaded, dizzy, nasty taste in my mouth. It does take about an hour before it kicks in. The orodispersible tablets are not nice, taste like blueberries,[read more...] only worse. But they work.
25/04/2017
Male, 56
Overall satisfaction 3

Venlafaxine (venlafaxine hydrochloride)
Depression

Satisfaction with
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4
4
5
I use this in combination with quetiapine and the both help to give me a sense of calm over my warring emotions (guilt, feeling like I've failed, thinking that I have no feelings). Because I've been on holiday I haven't used venlafaxine for a week but I can't sleep without quetiapine. Venlafaxine simply gives me even more peace.
25/04/2017
Male, 57
Overall satisfaction 4

Diclofenac (diclofenac potassium)
Gout

Satisfaction with
4
4
4
5
As soon as I notice gout coming on, I take 2 diclofenacs and another after about 6 hours. They really help to get over the worst of the pain and the symptoms disappear after around about another day. I also take Allopurinol 300 mg but I'm not so happy with this, they actually seem to trigger the gout. My rheumatologist doesn't really seem to know much about it. Sometimes I[read more...] get the feeling that I'm walking on broken glass, the pain is so bad. And then the diclos don't help so much. So it looks like I'm going to have to carry on suffering with this disease.
24/04/2017
Male, 62
Overall satisfaction 1

Crestor (rosuvastatin calcium)
Heart attack

Satisfaction with
3
1
1
5
After experiencing muscle pains from taking simvastatin and atorvastatin, the cardiologist prescribed me crestor. Prescribed on 20 April and by 24 April I'm experiencing severe muscle pain in my left hand. I don't know what to do and I don't really want to hassle the cardiologist (again). BTW, I've had 2x heart attacks and 6x stents which is why I need cholesterol-lowering[read more...] medicine.
24/04/2017
Male, 57
Overall satisfaction 2

Eliquis (apixaban)
Pulmonary embolism (PE)

Satisfaction with
3
2
1
5
After several pulmonary embolisms I first had acenocoumarol then after speaking to the specialist moved over to Eliquis. I'm a back patient and have had several operations on my back. After one and a half day, the tiredness and muscle pain set in, and it was the muscle pain that caused me to go back to Acenocoumarol because it has pretty much no side effects. Then it was b[read more...]ack to the thrombosis clinic because of my back ache which meant I could hardly walk at all and it still hasn't gone away.
24/04/2017
Female, 56
Overall satisfaction 3

Amlodipine (amlodipine besilate)
High blood pressure

Satisfaction with
4
3
3
4
I was prescribed this because my blood pressure was still extremely high (over 230). And it does what it's supposed to do: my blood pressure has gone back down to normal. But I have definitely noticed the side effects, worst of all fatigue. This should have gone away by now, after 4 weeks, but it hasn't. On top of that I have now also always got cold hands (which I never [read more...]had before, never even needed to wear gloves in the winter). On top of that I have got considerably more muscle pain. I am doing exactly the same as I was doing beforehand in terms of exercise and yoga but now I am suffering a lot more with it.
24/04/2017
Male, 72
Overall satisfaction 3

Coversyl Arginine (perindopril arginine)
Heart attack

Satisfaction with
4
3
3
4
As far as I am concerned, this is an excellent medicine although there are now considerable problems with the insurer. It may well be an expensive drug but I am not interested in trying cheap(er), generic rubbish. I'm not a guinea pig. And on top of all that I have to pay for this myself anyway!!
23/04/2017
Male, 55
Overall satisfaction 4

Champix (varenicline tartrate)
Stopping smoking

Satisfaction with
4
2
3
4
There is no doubt that smoking is foul, but that also goes for anything that I eat or drink. In the first week and a half I had no appetite whatsoever. Despite not having any pleasure in it any more, I still smoked once or twice. But this is mostly because of the psychological addiction. You need to approach that somewhat differently. The medicine definitely has an effect [read more...]on my mood. I am a bit more alert than usual.