On January 25th I wrote about A Visit to the Migraine Doctor, in it I mentioned that my doctor was putting me on a new drug. Diamox. I haven’t been tolerating this medication very well. I haven’t been posting as much as usual, because of some of the side effects.
After being put on this medication I started having extreme GI distress. I had acid reflux, nausea, and diarrhea. These became increasingly worse. The acid reflux and nausea made it impossible to get a good night’s sleep. The diarrhea was worse, there were times I didn’t make it to the bathroom. I had no warning. As I started a new diet about the time I was put on Diamox I thought the GI distress was caused by the diet. I was wrong. I ceased the diet and still the GI distress continued.
My cognitive dysfunction has been much worse than normal. This is the main reason I haven’t been writing. I just haven’t been able to think straight enough to process my thoughts.
There are times you have to decide if a medication’s benefits out weigh the side effects, as this medication did not reduce my headaches (if anything they have been worse) I’d say it’s not worth it. So I’m officially off this medication now. I don’t know how long it will take for me to get back in the grove of things here, but I’m happy things are getting back to my normal.
There are medications that cause minor side effects and I’ve decided to stay on them because they were helping more than the side effects were causing me trouble. For example, Topamax changed my taste of certain foods. This was minor when it helped my headaches. (Unfortunately it isn’t helping my headaches like it used to, so we are working hard to find a new one that does.)
Until we can find a new drug that helps my headaches I’m stuck. When I have a migraine, which is most of the time, I can’t think straight. When I was on Diamox my thinking was even more muddled. Now that I’m off it, I hope some of my cognitive function is returning. I always have a bit of cognition problems due to Migraines and Meniere’s. Speaking of cognitive disfunction, I am having a hard time writing this post. I keep reading it over and over and forget what I just read. I’ve been trying hard to keep up with other’s blogs but my memory is not working as it should, so I’m not absorbing the information a lot of the time. I’m confused. I can’t think straight, even more than normal. I stopped Diamox a couple of weeks ago, I’m feeling much better, but my brain is still catching up, I think.
You must decide for yourself if the side effects of a medication is worth the benefits. Of course, this drug was not worth it, as it didn’t have any benefits. However, even if it had been beneficial I feel the side effects would not have been worth it. Trade less migraines for extreme GI issues and brain fog? I can’t do it.
Are there medications you are having side effects from but you still feel it’s worth taking?
Have you stopped a drug because of side effects even if it helps?