These are the medications that I take daily. Quite an “achievement” for someone who never even liked to take Tylenol.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS LIST OF MEDICATIONS IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT BE TAKEN AS A RECOMMENDATION FOR ANY FOR OF TREATMENT. THE ONLY PERSON THAT CAN RECOMMEND AND PRESCRIBE MEDICATION FOR YOUR INDIVIDUAL CASE IS YOUR DOCTOR. PLEASE CONSULT WITH THEM BEFORE CHANGING ANY MEDICATIONS IN YOUR REPETOIR
Eplerenone 12.5 mg x 1 – Treats high blood pressure. Also treats congestive heart failure (CHF)
Coreg 25mg x2 – Coreg is in a group of drugs called beta-blockers. Beta-blockers affect the heart and circulation (blood flow through arteries and veins). Coreg is used to treat heart failure and hypertension (high blood pressure). It is also used to treat or prevent heart attack.
Lasix 200mg as needed – Lasix is a loop diuretic (water pill) that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt, allowing the salt to instead be passed in your urine. Lasix treats fluid retention (edema) in people with congestive heart failure, liver disease, or a kidney disorder such as nephrotic syndrome. This medication is also used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).
Prednisone 10mg x1 – Prednisone is in a class of drugs called corticosteroids. Prednisone prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Prednisone is used to treat many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders.
Losartan 50mg x1 Losartan (Cozaar) belongs to a group of drugs called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. It keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.
Flovent Oral Inhaler, 3 puffs, twice a day – Flovent is an oral steroid inhalation is used to prevent difficulty breathing, chest tightness, wheezing, and coughing caused by asthma. Fluticasone is in a class of medications called corticosteroids. It works by decreasing swelling and irritation in the airways to allow for easier breathing. ** NB, I do NOT have asthma.
THESE ARE DRUGS I PREVIOUSLY TOOK AND STOPPED FOR WHATEVER REASON IS LISTED BELOW
Plavix 75mg x1 – Drug was stopped when it was confirmed that my PFO closure had indeed taken effect and was no longer leaking. Replaced by Aspirin
Tracleer 125mg x2 – This drug was stopped after having a right heart catheterization that showed no presence of pulmonary hypertension anymore.Tracleer is indicated for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (WHO Group I) in patients with WHO Class II – IV symptoms, to improve exercise ability and decrease the rate of clinical worsening
Lanoxin 0.25mg x1 – This drug was stopped as my heart function improved to normal. Lanoxin is derived from the leaves of a digitalis plant. It helps make the heart beat stronger and with a more regular rhythm. Lanoxin is used to treat congestive heart failure. Lanoxin is also used to slow the heart rate in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm disorder of the atria (the upper chambers of the heart that allow blood to flow into the heart).
Spiriva Tiotropium This drug was stopped as I began to experience the side effect of restricted urination – is used to control and prevent symptoms (such as wheezing, shortness of breath) caused by ongoing lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD which includes bronchitis and emphysema). It works by relaxing the muscles around the airways so that they open up and you can breathe more easily. Tiotropium belongs to a class of drugs known as anticholinergics.
Pulmicort Flexhaler 90mcg- This Drug was stopped after two weeks due to side effects of hoarseness and phlegm in throat
Lovaza x4 – I stopped taking this because it apparently raised my cholesterol levels!
Hydroxychloroquine 200mg x2 – **TAKEN OFF THIS MEDICATION 4/28/12 DUE TO DROP IN WHITE BLOOD CELL COUNT** Other wise known as Plaquenil. PLAQUENIL is indicated for the suppressive treatment and treatment of acute attacks of malaria due to Plasmodium vivax, P. malariae, P. ovale, and susceptible strains of P. falciparum. It is also indicated for the treatment of discoid and systemic lupus erythematosus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Diovan 160mg x1 – Aetna would no longer pay for this med so was replaced with Losartan Diovan is a combination of hydrochlorothiazide and valsartan. Hydrochlorothiazide is a thiazide diuretic (water pill) that helps prevent your body from absorbing too much salt, which can cause fluid retention. Valsartan is in a group of drugs called angiotensin II receptor antagonists. Valsartan keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure improves blood flow.The combination of hydrochlorothiazide and valsartan is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).
Spirinolactone 12.5mg x1 – Taken off this medication because I started to develop “man boobs” Spironolactone is a potassium-sparing diuretic (water pill) that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt and keeps your potassium levels from getting too low. Spironolactone is used to diagnose or treat a condition in which you have too much aldosterone in your body. Aldosterone is a hormone produced by your adrenal glands to help regulate the salt and water balance in your body. Spironolactone also treats fluid retention (edema) in people with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, or a kidney disorder called nephrotic syndrome. Spironolactone is also used to treat or prevent hypokalemia (low potassium levels in the blood).
Diltiazem – Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). this was a temporary drug used when my defibrillator was sending erroneous reports of fibrillation episodes, when in fact it was misreading my heart beating stronger