Been awhile, I hope you all are doing well! So since I last posted a few months ago I've been playing the drugs game. Having some mixed results.
Gapapentin (generic neurontin): I was given this for some horrible trigeminal neuralgia. The first 2 weeks of this drug were hell. Not only did it not work at first, it made me so loopy and dizzy and sleepy I pretty much was in bed for those 2 weeks. Then, suddenly, I had zero side effects and the face pain completely went away. My verdict on this drug is that it is a miracle pill once I got over the initial adjustment problems. I'm sooo happy this one is working.
Avonex: Despite my doubts, I went forward with the avonex. The injection part was terrifying to me, but went really easily. In fact, I'm on the pen now after doing a month of the pre-filled syringe while they titered my dose but I think I prefer the straight injections. So that part actually went a lot better than I expected. However, the flu symptoms are just unbearable. Much, much worse than even my worst fears. The first night is horrible chills and uncontrollable shaking. It gets a little better after that, but I have fever and chills for over 48 hours after taking it. The body aches also last over 48 hours. It is absolutely horrible stuff. If I don't start adjusting to this, I don't think I can keep taking it. I've tried advil and aleve to counter the flu symptoms, but not having much luck. I'll keep experimenting with some other OTCs and keep hoping the side effects lessen, but I am not feeling good about this med at all.