Ativan and chemotherapy

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Avatar f tn But a year and half later, I started it again and did vomit from it. Do you know if your mom's Oncologist will pre-treat her with medication before each infusion with anything to lessen the chances of being sick from it? If not, ask for Aloxi to be administered first. Aloxi is a great drug to help with the nausea/vomiting. She may still have some sickness, but the Aloxi will help, especially in the first few days post treatment.
Avatar n tn She is currently overly worried of a catastrophe happening, and will not believe otherwise. She is now taking Ativan during the day, back to 4mg of dilaudad at night and 2.5 Zyprexa, olanzapine tablets. I am not sure if it was the drug switch, chemo or what ? They labled her as psychotic, could it be panick attacks, or depression ? Please help.
178783 tn?1197303699 The final combination of anti-nausea drugs that worked very well for her was amen, zofran, ativan, and I believe there was some steroid mixed with the zofran. At home only zofran was used. For Ashley, this was the worst physical side effect. Hair loss is inevidable. It happened to Ashley resulting in her shaving her head during her second round of chemo. Some dry and cracking skin on feet and hands also occured. This was mild though. That's it. No other side effects that can be visually seen.
Avatar m tn the butalbital dose alone is enough to potentially cause severe withdrawal symptoms, and you augment that with the high daily dose of ativan and that really puts you at high risk. this isn't information that i'm just making up. it would be a good idea for you to look this information up on your own. just type 'barbiturate withdrawal' or 'benzo withdrawal' into a search engine and you'll find gobs of info about it.
Avatar f tn She's actually pretty funny, and when she starts to get anxious my sister says...take an ativan. It does the trick every time immediately. She usually takes ativan for 4 - 5 days after chemo.
Avatar n tn what's the difference between chemotherapy drugs and chemotherapeutic antibiotics then...aren't they the same thing,can you explain please... Because all the hiv websites ,even medhelp have stated that chemotherapy drugs affect the outcome of the test... im a lil confused here...
188500 tn?1207368551 Think Lorazepam (ativan or valium) and think that you can get through it no matter what. It's all about mental attitude. And being aware of what is happening, that's the hardest part... Catching yourself. Because impulsivity isn't helped at all. LOL! But don't freak out - - just analyze, figure out the problem - find ways around the problem. (For example --- Hallmark commercials make you cry ---- so turn off the volume - go to the bathroom during commercials... Or...
Avatar f tn 0 or thereabouts and great free t4 free t3 levels and all else looks good so maybe they raise your thyroid med dose thinking you're still a little hypo (not hyper) or have you lower dose in case you are actually hyper and for a short while you feel better or feel worse right away so now you don't know if you're up or down ?
Avatar n tn When you drastically cut the calorie intake you also alter the nutrients and your body goes in survival mode and the essential organs will get the nutrients and the others (hair, skin, nails) will get the left over.
108191 tn?1199603505 I totally agree with you ativan keeps me calm and lets me sleep and is not expensive, and i can take it when i want to,the tx keeps me tired and on edge and the ativan just helps me mellow out.
1067423 tn?1267744270 Ok, I am starting and researched my chemo rX, and Cytoxan is just that " a toxin" and is it a pill? and I don't quite understand.. yall can help me out here.. i just took so much information in today and my head is spinning... The above titled question are the 5 words i heard today... yall said u are here for me.. so please give me some insight on what to expect... Oncol. said that I cannot be around any place that would subject me to germs.. like work... impossible...
Avatar n tn First I would like to know who perscribed Ativan to you for depression. And why they have kept you on if for "years." Ativan is NOT an antidepressant and has no affinity for that disorder. It's a short acting benzodiazipine. (Antianxiety) The main uses for Ativan are anxiety, irritability in psychiatric or organic disorders, preoperatively, insomnia, and as an adjunct in endoscopic procedures.
1697690 tn?1329127238 I have been using a lot lately, maybe 400mg of oxycontin and then add in the heroin and it just is killing me. I am so miserable lately. I didnt really notice it til a few weeks ago, but i know i am not hte person i once was. I am so depressed all day, i dont want to do anything, i isolate from all the people who care about me, my thoughts are so impulsive, i am literally self destructing and bringing everything down around me.
Avatar n tn It is possible that the doc could run the prescription through again using a chemotherapy code. That may be all the insurance co needs, and this is a form of chemotherapy. Good luck.
Avatar f tn I have already done the birth control pills, which did nothing, and the Lupron Depot (a form of chemotherapy that is HORRIBLE for your body) three times for 9 months each and it only helped a little when I was doing the treatment. If I end up having to take the stupid pain pills, will it put me back into withdrawal when I stop taking them again, or has my body gone long enough where a couple days should be fine and I can still feel like my awesome self that I feel like now?
378102 tn?1215575266 I am currently undergoing chemotherapy with Taxotere/Carboplatin and have developed all of the usual side effects (I am a nurse). Anyway, I am having trouble with twitching eyes, both eyes, for long periods, almost every day. Is this a side effect? I am 42 years old so getting to be almost time for reading glasses, but tried and they do not seem to make a difference. Any answers or advice?
Avatar n tn Next time, I will just premedicate myself into oblivion for the first 24 hours after chemo, using valium and ativan. I've been living on campbells chicken and stars soup. Had my head shaved yesterday, donated my hair to locks of love. I look pretty strange. My 5 year old asks if it is already Halloween or something. Need to start wearing more eye makeup and earrings... Any questions? Love you guys. Tammie PS. The mastectomi (plural for me) was not so bad.
178783 tn?1197303699 The doctors are implying that while under chemotherapy, you get progressively sicker and weaker, because you do not fully recover from the last series of treatment before they hit you again. How true is this and how bad can it get. They are also saying she will have mouth, lip, and throat sores which may make eating and drinking difficult. Any suggestions for that? Also, as a dad I'm worried about the damage to organs that chemo can do, but my daughter is mortified about loosing her hair.
Avatar n tn But she was in a nursing home, withthe nurses administering Percoset, then Morphine and Ativan in her last couple days. I don't know if Hospice is anti-med- it wouldn't make sense if they were, since in the last stretch it should be about being relieving symptoms, not suffering through them. I just realized this post is from August. If youcheck back and read this- how's it going? I hope the issues with Hospice and meds got resolved. Best of luck to you with everything.
706156 tn?1229180042 It might be good to start with something at little milder, like .05 Ativan, and then get something to help your depression and help you sleep, like remeron. That's what I did. I take ativan with each riba dose, and it spares me intense reactions. I had decided if it got worse to go to the bigger guns, like xanax atc, but haven't needed to. the main thing is to keep the meds as low and mild as you can get by with since they too can hurt the liver...
Avatar m tn I'm a 21 Year old Male and I have just finished up receiving chemotherapy and radiation therapy for Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. During the course of this treatment, I was on many various painkillers, including Percocet, Vicodin, Oxycontin, (IV)Dilaudid, Duragesic Fentanyl Patches, and (IV)Morphine once, mostly, though, I was on Vicodin 7.5/750.
Avatar f tn for cancer, and there was no evidence of metastasis. I am grade 2, and stage 1. I was ER and PR positive (3+) The surgeon says she got all the cancer with the lumpectomy. My question is, can I get by with radiation only, or will the recommend chemo? Because I'm ER and PR positive, will I have to do the Hormone blocker pills? I meet with my oncologist for the first time on Aug. 8th. I'm sure I'll get lots of information and answers then, but I'm just so confused, and kinda scared.
Avatar f tn It was my impression that complex cysts could only be one of three kinds, endometrioma, dermoid and cystadenoma. If it wasn't those three (which are very common types of cysts - I understand that) then I just assumed that it was likely to be malignant. Am I way off base here? Is it possible to just be a "complex" cyst (with perhaps some type of debris - I do have moderate endometriosis) that may cause a cyst to have a solid component to it and it's not malignant at all?
Avatar f tn I can feel perfectly fine and am able to eat and drink. However, that period of time is always short lived and may only be 30 to 40 minutes. I may or may not get a period of "well time" in the evening but lately this has not been the case. I will try to keep my treatment course and history short. I have been successfully treated with various I.V. and oral chemotherapy drugs. The most successful course of treatment were the antimalarials, specifically Plaquenil and Aralen.
Avatar f tn It got to the point where my colleagues could see that walking hurt and so they would bring my clients to my office, so that I could pretend I was fine and do my job. My step children could also tell when the pain was starting and would run to get their dad, or get me some water and my purse which would have pain killers ready to go. Then the next phase of struggles began when we tried to get pregnant.
Avatar m tn but I can't imaging what its like to have pain so bad that I can't function.....I had cancer and got hooked because of my surgery and Chemotherapy and Radiation and such but once finished I chose on my own to get off them and try and be a normal person again......I am a lifetime drug abuser...I have done EVERY drug known to mankind and I think if you truely need them and can't function through your pain then who cares if your an addict.....
Avatar n tn I have been to about 30 doctors- including ENT's allergists, neurologists, chiropracters, opthamologists. psychologists, dentists and everything else u can think of. All CT scans, MRI of brain and blood work keep coming back clean and ok. Nothing I try seems to work. There was a period of time about 3 and a half years ago that the symptoms lifted for about 4 months and then it returned full force.
Avatar f tn (My cancer was like 10 cm, had spread to the lymph nodes, was extremely aggressive, and infiltrating, and fast growing, and you name it) Two years later I am really fine. (Of course the worry comes and goes but it gets better.) The whole thing is a process and you focus on one thing at a time and then when the time comes you deal with the next? Like Sue Young said and she also had a bad case of it.
457651 tn?1208366702 As the chemotherapy takes effect, the tumor may shrink fast and release lots of uric acid and electrolytes into the bloodstream. These need to be diluted by fluid intake, otherwise your blood may become acidic and you may experience gout-like symptoms (muscle and joint pains and swelling) because of the increased serum uric acid. Your appetite may also decrease during the treatment course.
Avatar n tn I am still thowing up in spite of phenergan, zofran and ativan. In my mind I am outside gardening but the reality is I can't do much. My biggest accomplishment yesterday was dragging myself to get my blood work done, and sticking a chicken in the oven. Today, I am having trouble just writing this. My chemo nurses kind of led me to believe I would be right as rain within a couple of days of my last treatment.