3 posts tagged “drowsiness”

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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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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