27 posts tagged “search series”

What Patients Say About Janumet 50 1000

Posted June 11th, 2011 by

Janumet 50 1000 is the brand name (and dosage level) of sitagliptin-metformin, a combination prescription drug used in the management of type 2 diabetes.  (50 refers to 50 mg of sitagliptin while 1000 refers to 1000 mg of metformin.)  In addition to diet and exercise, Janumet 50 1000 is prescribed when the use of metformin or sitagliptin alone does not adequately control the condition.

At PatientsLikeMe, where more than 130,000 patients are sharing their experiences with conditions, symptoms, treatments and more, 21 patients report using Janumet 50 1000 or a lower daily dosage (50 mg sitagliptin / 500 mg metformin).  What can we learn from these patients’ experiences?  Quite a bit, actually, thanks to PatientsLikeMe’s unique data-sharing platform.

Looking at the three treatment evaluations submitted for Janumet, all three patients rate the effectiveness as “Moderate,” while side effects were marked as “Mild,” “Moderate” and “Severe,” respectively.  The chief complaint from the patient who reported “Severe” side effects was diarrhea.  However, she writes, “Blood sugars are going down.”

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Coping with Nerve Sensitivity

Posted June 4th, 2011 by

Do you suffer from nerve sensitivity – or a feeling akin to pins and needles?  Known clinically as paresthesia, this uncomfortable sensation if often described as a tingling, pricking and/or creeping feeling.  For some people with nerve sensitivity, it can be painful for clothing to touch your skin.  Although there is no objective causes, nerve sensitivity is usually associated with injury or irritation of a sensory nerve or nerve root.

At PatientsLikeMe, where more than 130,000 patients are sharing their experiences with all types of treatments including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs and supplements, 36 patients current report experiencing nerve sensitivity.  Their primary health conditions range from multiple sclerosis (MS) to fibromyalgia to complex regional pain syndrome type 1.  What can we learn from their experience?  Quite a bit, actually, thanks to PatientsLikeMe’s unique data-sharing platform.

For example, this symptom has a major impact on daily life, as more than two thirds rate their nerve sensitivity as severe (12 patients) or moderate (18 patients).  What are they doing to cope?  Some of the commonly reported treatments for nerve sensitivity include Potassium, Gabapentin, Neurontin and Zonisamide.  (Click on each treatment name to see how our patients rate the effectiveness, side effects, cost and more.)

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What’s Your Experience with Cinarizina?

Posted May 28th, 2011 by

Cinarizina is an international brand of the prescription drug Cinnarizine, an antiemetic (anti-nausea) agent used for symptoms of inner ear disorders.  These symptoms may include vertigo, dizziness, tinnitus, nystagmus, nausea and vomiting. Cinarizina is also used to prevent motion sickness when taken in advance.

If you’ve tried Cinarizina, we encourage you share your experiences at PatientsLikeMe, where more than 130,000 patients are using our unique data-sharing platform to review all types of treatments, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs and supplements.  Our treatment evaluations cover important data points such as dosage, effectiveness, side effects, cost and adherence so that you can easily share and compare experiences with others.

Currently, one patient reports using Cinnarizine (the generic version of Cinarizina) to treat Meniere’s disease, which is characterized by a sudden onset of dizziness, low-frequency hearing loss, tinnitus and the sensation of fullness in the affected ear.  This patient, a 55-year-old male taking 25mg daily, reports no side effects but rates the effectiveness as non-existent.

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What Do You Know About InterStim Therapy Side Effects?

Posted May 21st, 2011 by

Looking for a place to research or share your experiences with InterStim Therapy side effects?  You’ve come to the right place.  At PatientsLikeMe, more than 125,000 patients are sharing their experiences with all types of treatments, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, supplements and procedures.

Manufactured by Medtronic, the InterStim Therapy System is surgically implanted device designed to help patients reduce the number of urinary and bowel accidents.  It is FDA-approved for patients with urinary or fecal incontinence who have failed to respond to, or could not tolerate, more conservative treatments.  How exactly does it work?  An implanted neurostimulator delivers an electrical pulse to the sacral nerve, which controls the bladder and anal sphincter.  This pulse is sent via a handheld programmer.

During the clinical trial that found InterStim Therapy could reduce bowel accidents by half (and in some patients, restore full continence of bowel movements), reported InterStim Therapy side effects included infection, pain at the site, “pins and needles” and the neurostimulator breaking through the skin.  But what about in the real world?  That’s where PatientsLikeMe comes into play.

According to the six treatment evaluations of InterStim Therapy submitted by PatientsLikeMe members (10 of whom currently report using the device), reported side effects included “bladder problems,” “annoying sensation” and “bowel incontinence.” Three patients rated the side effects as “Mild,” while three others reported no side effects.

Curious to hear more?  Here’s what three patients, all of whom report multiple sclerosis (MS) as their primary condition, had to say in the freeform section of their evaluation:

  • “It has helped me! Aside from the surgery pain and the seizure I endured, I would have it implanted again.”
  • “Taking the InterStim was an act of desperation. I was about twenty when my bladder started to fail. The leaking and frequency still continue to be a problem.”
  • “The impact this device has had on my daily life is incredible. I truly feel this is the best thing I could ever have done for myself and my MS symptoms.”

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Are You Taking Cataplex F for Hypothyroidism?

Posted May 14th, 2011 by

Introduced in 1934 by Standard Process, Cataplex F is a whole food dietary supplement designed to support the thyroid as well as the body’s natural response to inflammation.  Containing iodine for thyroid support, Cataplex F promotes healthy skin and hair, the metabolism of fats and the formation of eicosanoids (signaling molecules that play a role in inflammation, immune responses and the central nervous system).  This supplement also contains flaxseed, a natural source of Omega-3 fatty acid precursors.

At PatientsLikeMe, where more than 125,000 patients are sharing their experiences with all types of treatments including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs and supplements, two patients report taking Cataplex F for hypothyroidism.  Both report taking this supplement for 1-2 years or more. What can we learn from these patients’ experiences?  According to the one treatment evaluation submitted for Cataplex F, there were no reported side effects, but the effectiveness was unclear, as the patient selected the option, “Can’t tell.”  Cost was reported as $25 or less per month for a daily dosage.

This patient even goes on to share her doctor’s take:  “dubious.”  But what about you?  How would you evaluate your experience with Cataplex F?  Has it helped you or seemingly had no effect?  Help others decide whether to start – or continue – taking this supplement by sharing your experiences at PatientsLikeMe, where more than 2,300 patients with hypothyroidism (92% female; 8% male) would love to hear your thoughts.

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Discuss the Effectiveness of InflammaCORE for Bowel Irritability

Posted May 7th, 2011 by

Is InflammaCORE helpful in reducing a chronic inflammatory burden?  Can it alleviate bowel irritability?  Find out just that by sharing your experiences with other patients at PatientsLikeMe and learning what they have to say about this nutritional supplement.

A protein powder drink mix, InflammaCORE is marketed as a potent way to support your gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and immune health.  It contains 19 grams of naturally complete brown rice protein, 4 grams of fiber and Omega 3’s derived from Flaxseed.  In addition, InflammaCORE offers high-potency phytonutrients, including Turmeric, Guercetin and Green Tea, which have been shown to reduce inflammatory markers.  Other ingredients include L-Glutamine and Glycine to promote tissue repair as well as Vitamin D and Arabinogalactan for proper immune function.

At PatientsLikeMe, where more than 125,000 patients are sharing their experiences with all types of treatments including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs and supplements, one patient currently reports taking InflammaCORE for bowel irritability.  What can we learn from her experience?  In her in-depth treatment evaluation, she rates the effectiveness as “Major,” and the side effects as “None.”  Her daily dosage is “8 tbsp daily,” while her monthly cost is “$50-99.”

Here’s what else she reports in the freeform section of her evaluation:

“This course of treatment relieved a long history of IBS symptoms and chronic constipation. As of a year later, the symptoms have not recurred. I credit InflammaCORE with resolving this condition and I couldn’t be happier with the product.”

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Share Your Experiences with Euphytose

Posted April 26th, 2011 by

Available without a prescription in France, Euphytose is an herbal treatment for anxiety and depression that contains six plant extracts:  Hawthorn, Passionflower, Valerian, Ballota foetida, Cola nitida and Guarana (Paullinia cupana).  The latter is available in France as an over-the-counter anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) agent.

Producing both sedative and stimulant effects, Euphytose combines traditional herbal remedies for anxiety with components that are thought to act on central benzodiazepine receptors.  It had been studied in one short, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involving 181 adults, with a statistically significant effect found for both reduction in symptoms and clinical response to Euphytose over placebo at the end of the trial.  In terms of safety, it was well-tolerated in the study with no difference in the number of adverse effects compared with placebo – and no serious adverse effects.

At PatientsLikeMe, where more than 125,000 patients are sharing their experiences with all types of treatments, two patients report trying Euphytose.   The reported purposes were “Anxious mood,” “Panic disorder” and “Insomnia.”  Effectiveness was rated as either “Moderate” or “Slight,” while side effects included “Drowsiness” and “Problems concentrating.”  Here’s what one patient with panic disorder wrote on his Euphytose treatment evaluationMakes you a little drowsy, but helps in limiting the effects of expected stressful situations.”

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Do You Use Refresh Ultra to Treat Dry Eyes?

Posted April 19th, 2011 by

Refresh Ultra is an over-the-counter (OTC) brand of lubricant eye drops designed to help protect your eyes and keep them lubricated throughout the day.  How well does it work?  Are there any side effects?  And how much does it cost?  These are all things you can report when you share your experiences with others at PatientsLikeMe.

If you’ve used Refresh Ultra (either in the past or as a current treatment), we encourage you to complete a treatment evaluation to help other patients.  PatientsLikeMe’s unique data-sharing platform allows you to share detailed data about all types of treatments –including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs and supplements – that have helped you or simply had no effect.

Trial and error can be an expensive gambit when it comes to healthcare products like lubricant eye drops.  Save others from going down the wrong path by reviewing the products that you’ve found work best for dry eyes or other irritating eye issues.

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Have You Experienced Lumiday Side Effects?

Posted April 14th, 2011 by

Wondering where you can learn about Lumiday Mood Enhancer or report Lumiday side effects?  You’ve come to the right place.  At PatientsLikeMe, more than 125,000 patients are sharing their experiences with all types of treatments, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, supplements and more.

A dietary supplement, Lumiday Mood Enhancer contains Vitamins B1, 3, 5, 6, 9 and 12, as well as Vitamin D3, L-theanine, 5-HTP, St. John’s Wort, Rhodiola Rosea Extract and Ashwagandha Root.  Together, these key ingredients are thought to help promote a positive mood, balance serotonin levels, control appetite and potentially reduce stress and anxiety.  But is it possible to achieve all that without side effects?

That’s exactly what you can find out when you connect with others at PatientsLikeMe.  Currently, one PatientsLikeMe member with multiple sclerosis (MS) reports taking Lumiday Mood Enhancer to treat her “anxious mood.”  She reports no Lumiday side effects and an effectiveness of “slight” or “none.”  Here’s what she writes on her Lumiday treatment evaluation:  “Under “normal” daily living I do think it helps. Right now I am under a lot of stress so I don’t see much help.”

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How Would You Evaluate Your Experience with Myrin P-Forte?

Posted April 7th, 2011 by

Myrin P-Forte is an anti-tuberculosis agent that contains ethambutol, rifampicin, isoniasad and pyrazinamide. An anti-mycobacterial treatment, ethambutol eliminates certain bacteria that cause tuberculosis and is used in combination with other drugs to treat tuberculosis and prevent transmission to others.

At PatientsLikeMe, where more than 120,000 patients are sharing their experiences with conditions, symptoms, treatments and more, one patient with HIV reports using Myrin P-Forte to treat “tuberculosis in the lymph nodes.”  This patient rates the effectiveness as “moderate,” reports experiencing two side effects (red eyes and feeling intoxicated) and offers the following tip on his treatment evaluation:  “Do not consume an excessive amount of alcohol the night before taking this treatment… nausea/vomiting, headache, etc., will be experienced.”

If you’ve been prescribed Myrin P-Forte, we encourage you to share your experiences to help other patients.  PatientsLikeMe’s unique data-sharing platform allows you to share detailed data about all types of treatments, supplements and lifestyle modifications that have helped you or simply had no effect.

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See What Other Patients Are Saying About Metoprolol Succ ER

Posted April 2nd, 2011 by

Metoprolol Succ ER (the common abbreviation for Metoprolol Succinate ER and a generic form of Toprol XL) is an extended release formulation of the drug metoprolol, which is used for the treatment of angina or hypertension and to reduce mortality/hospitalization in patients with heart failure who are already receiving cardiac and diuretic medications.

At PatientsLikeMe, where more than 120,000 patients are sharing their experiences with conditions, symptoms, treatments and more, 185 patients report using Metoprolol Succ ER.  What can we learn from these patients’ experiences?  Quite a bit, actually, thanks to PatientsLikeMe’s unique data-sharing platform.  For example, the most commonly reported duration amongst current users is two years or more, while the most commonly reported dosage at PatientsLikeMe is 50mg daily.

Wondering about Metoprolol Succ ER side effects?  Some of the commonly reported side effects include loss of energy, fatigue, excessive daytime drowsiness and weight gain.  Check out the 29 treatment evaluations of Metoprolol Succ ER submitted by our patients to gain even more insight.  For example, the following are several tips submitted by Metroprolol Succ ER users on their evaluations:

  • “Remember to get up slowly.  [This drug] has been making me very light headed and dizzy.  Also be sure to hydrate frequently.”
  • “Try to take it everyday at the same time – I am really bad at this, so I’ve started taking at night.”
  • “When I miss a dose or two, I get an instant, awful, pounding headache on the top of my head, as my blood pressure goes through the roof, and my ears turn beet red and I can literally feel the heat coming off of them.”
  • “Be prepared to feel cold physically when taking this medication. Dress warmly even when in air conditioning.”

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Who’s Trying a Lectin-Free Diet?

Posted March 27th, 2011 by

Are you on a lectin-free diet?  Trade notes on this dietary intervention at PatientsLikeMe, where more than 120,000 patients are sharing their experiences with treatments, supplements, lifestyle modifications and more.

But first, let’s talk about lectins, which are sugar-binding proteins that mimic insulin. Lectins bind to carbohydrates and various proteins, causing inflammation. As a result, they have been linked with autoimmune disorders such as IBS, Crohn’s disease and fibromyalgia.  To help fight this inflammatory process, a lectin-free diet restricts certain things like grains, nightshades (i.e. peppers, tomatoes, potatoes), legumes (i.e. beans) and some starches.  While most foods contain some amount of lectins, these food groups are considered the “worst offenders.”

What kinds of data points can you share about a lectin-free diet at PatientsLikeMe?  Thanks to our unique data-sharing platform, you can share detailed information on this diet’s effectiveness, side effects, cost and more.  You can also offer freeform tips and advice to others considering the diet and report what health condition(s) you are attempting to treat.   Whether you’ve found a lectin-free diet helpful in controlling inflammation or you’ve discontinued it for various reasons, your story will provide valuable insight to those who are searching for answers.

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A Place to Share About Serenagen and Serenagen Side Effects

Posted March 20th, 2011 by

Have you tried serenagen for stress relief?  Share your experiences with serenagen side effects, effectiveness, cost and more at PatientsLikeMe, a unique data-sharing platform that covers all types of treatments, including supplements and lifestyle modifications.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, living a demanding, hectic lifestyle deeply influences mood, mental function, cardiovascular function, the liver and tolerance to change.  But practitioners believe there are herbal preparations that can help reverse these problems naturally – without side effects.  One of the top remedies for stress management according to Chinese herbology is serenagen.

Used throughout China since the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368 AD), this botanical formula was designed to instill a sense of inner calm and help maintain equilibrium between body systems.  Serenagen may include some or all of the following Chinese herbal extracts:  Rehmannia Root, Schisandra Fruit, Jujube Fruit, Dong Quai Root, Chinese Asparagus Root, Ophiopogon Root, Scropularia Root, Asian Gingseng Root, Chinese Salvia Root, Poria Fungus, Polygala Root and Platycodon Root.

At PatientsLikeMe, where more than 120,000 patients are sharing their experiences with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and other forms of treatment, two patients report using serenagen to relieve stress.  Neither reports any side effects.  Here’s how one of them reviews serenagen on her treatment evaluation:

“This is the only thing I have taken for anxiety and stress issues that takes the edge off.  It is an internal calm without being drugged up or out of it.”

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Share Your Experiences with Stresam

Posted March 19th, 2011 by

Stresam is an international brand of etifoxine, a non-benzodiazepine anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) and anticonvulsant drug.  It is used to treat anxiety disorders – such as general anxiety disorder (GAD) or social anxiety disorder or panic disorder – and to promote peripheral nerve healing in patients with peripheral neuropathy.

At PatientsLikeMe, where more than 120,000 patients are sharing their experiences with conditions, symptoms, treatments and more, two patients report using Stresam currently while two patients report discontinuing it.  The reported reasons for taking it include anxious mood, shortness of breath and heart palpitations, while the one reported reason for discontinuation is that “the course of treatment ended.”  Out of all four patients, only one reports Stresam side effects, rated as “mild.”

Given the prevalence of anxiety disorders, we know there are many others who may have tried Stresam to relieve their anxiousness.  If you’ve used Stresam, another formulation of etifoxine or other anti-anxiety medications, we encourage you to share your experiences (including side effects) to help other patients.  PatientsLikeMe’s unique data-sharing platform allows you to share detailed data about all types of treatments, interventions and lifestyle modifications that have helped you or simply had no effect.

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