Needing info about some new RX's DR. gave me?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Bunnylover, Sep 15, 2002.

  1. Bunnylover

    Bunnylover New Member

    Hi All,
    I have been having severe pain since June with back and
    left leg. Dr. gave me new scripts this past Monday, and since I've started them I have been retaining fluid and can't figure out which one is the causing it. I've looked up each one but hoping someone has used them and could tell
    me if they have same problem.
    Drugs or Lortab, Lexapro, and Zyprexa. All of them or helping my problem and I would hate to stop but I hate this water retention.
    My left leg is numb at the very top right below the hip. Dr. is trying his best to figure out the problem but my insurance keeps throwing us for a loop since I use them so much. He wants to do MRI but insurance won't pay, yet they want me to make 9 visits to a physical therapist before I can have MRI. I don't agree with them but can understand since I had an MRI and surgery this year.
    Another thing the Lortab is definately helping with pain but scared to take too much. Its also given me energy and I heard it was supposed to make you tired and drowsy. Its doing the very opposite with me. Could anyone tell me why?
    Sorry, this is so long but need answers. Thanks, Hope someone can help.
    Terri
  2. Bunnylover

    Bunnylover New Member

    Hi All,
    I have been having severe pain since June with back and
    left leg. Dr. gave me new scripts this past Monday, and since I've started them I have been retaining fluid and can't figure out which one is the causing it. I've looked up each one but hoping someone has used them and could tell
    me if they have same problem.
    Drugs or Lortab, Lexapro, and Zyprexa. All of them or helping my problem and I would hate to stop but I hate this water retention.
    My left leg is numb at the very top right below the hip. Dr. is trying his best to figure out the problem but my insurance keeps throwing us for a loop since I use them so much. He wants to do MRI but insurance won't pay, yet they want me to make 9 visits to a physical therapist before I can have MRI. I don't agree with them but can understand since I had an MRI and surgery this year.
    Another thing the Lortab is definately helping with pain but scared to take too much. Its also given me energy and I heard it was supposed to make you tired and drowsy. Its doing the very opposite with me. Could anyone tell me why?
    Sorry, this is so long but need answers. Thanks, Hope someone can help.
    Terri
  3. kadywill

    kadywill New Member

    a "buzz" and I have a lot of energy AND it reduces the pain! Ultram does the same for me.
    I have edema ANYWAY, so a lot of meds. contribute to this for me. BUT, to answer your question, the most likely culprit is the Zyprexa! I took it as well and I just looked it up in my Mosby's Nursing Drug Reference and it is a major adverse reaction.
    Hope this helps!
    Kady
  4. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Hope this information might help you, also if you want additional info on all those meds, just go to; medscape.com Excellent site for information on all levels, layman, professional etc.

    Shalom, Shirl

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  5. kadywill

    kadywill New Member

    Zyprexa caused me to gain 50 lbs. in a short period of time......thought you'd wanna know!
    Kady
  6. teach6

    teach6 New Member

    It is commonly used as an antipsychotic, so I'm a little uncertain why you are on it. It is also known for causing excessive weight gain. You might want to check this with your doc. It also can cause drowsiness, so is often prescribed for use at bedtime.

    Barbara