Post from Ana

I know exactly how you feel re. the “uglies”. I felt the same way when I was on high levels of Predni and didn’t wear make up either, etc. However, we are so much harder on ourselves than the people around you, especially those who love us. It was interesting to me to hear my 6 year old daughter say to me “Mommy you are as beautiful as ever”. She said this in response to me saying something to the effect that I didn’t look pretty right now but I will again or something silly to that effect. She was shocked that I thought that and genuinely felt that I was her beautiful Mommy. Go ahead and try putting make up on, if you don’t think it makes a difference, then don’t bother for now. I do remember when everything seemed like such a monumental task to me! I remember the first time I wore make up after like 3 months of no make up. I looked at myself in the mirror and thought “I don’t look soooo bad after all. I bet you will feel a bit better too.
I think I have told you this before, but Prednisone 20mg tabs makes you very depressed and I didn’t think or recognized that I was depressed until I was not depressed. My doctor told me that. He said that at these high levels your state of mind is not normal and it makes you very depressed and even hypersensitive to every little thing. A lot of what you are feeling is really drug induced and you will feel better once you lower the dose. I still have to deal with my condition but it is such a relief not have the meds side effects on top of the illness.
You are in my thoughts


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Anne’s post

No wonder you were feeling so extra crummy with blood sugars that
high.I’m glad the insulin is making a difference. Hopefully your body
will adjust really soon and you will feel much better. As for the
make-up – go put it on now. It will make you feel better. Then when
the kids go to bed – take a long bubble bath ( if you can sit still
that long) , light some candles and try to relax. You deserve it.

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Groups of Cholesterol Drugs

To avoid high levels of cholesterol one should lead a healthy lifestyle following a diet and doing exercises, but in some cases such activities are not enough and cholesterol medication treatment is required.  Cholesterol medications can help to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as “bad” cholesterol, and triglycerides that can cause heart disease; increase the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), known as “good” cholesterol that helps to prevent heart disease.

If you need to manage your cholesterol level, your health provider might recommend you a single medication or a combination of medications.

In this article you can find important information about the benefits, warnings and potentioal side effects of common classes of cholesterol drugs.

Statin drugs

To this group of cholesterol medications belong such drugs as Altoprev (lovastatin), Lescol (fluvastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin), Crestor (rosuvastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin),  and Zocor (simvastatin).

These medications reduce LDL and triglycerides and increase HDL. Among the side reactions are constipation, diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, muscle soreness and weakness. These drugs should not be administered with grapefruit juice as it may lead to unfavourable interactions.

To the class of Bile acid binding resins belong the following medications: Colestid (colestipol), Welchol (colesevelam), and Questran (cholestyramine sucrose). These drugs work by decrease LDL.The possible side reactions are constipation, meteorism, nausea. The medications of this group can also increase triglycerides.

Cholesterol absorption inhibitors such as Zetia (ezetimibe)   reduce LDL and triglycerides to some degree;  increase HDL. These drugs might induce stomach pain, muscle soreness and fatigue.

Combination cholesterol absorption inhibitor and statin

Such medication as  Vytorin (ezetimibe-simvastatin) reduces LDL and triglycerides and  increases HDL. The possible side reactions are stomach pain, meteorism, constipation, abdominal pain, ain and weakness in muscles. This drug can negatively interact with grapefruit juice.

Fibrate agents are Lofibra (fenofibrate), Lopid (gemfibrozil),  and  TriCor (fenofibrate). The actions of this drug are reducing of triglycerides and increasing of HDL. Stomach pain        , nausea, and gallstones are the commonly occurred adverse effects.


Niaspan drug is prescription niacin. This medication lowers LDL and triglycerides and increases HDL. It can cause such side reactions as flushing of face and neck, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, gout, increased blood sugar, and peptic ulcers.

Combination statin and niacin

Advicor (niacin-lovastatin) medication lowers LDL and triglycerides and increases HDL. It might cause face flushing, giddiness, heart palpitations, difficult breathing, sweating, and some others. Taking with grapefruit juice may cause unfavourable interaction.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Lovaza medication reduces triglycerides. This drug can cause reflux, strange taste in mouth, the risk of infection.

The majority of cholesterol drugs decreases cholesterol causing few adverse effects, but effectiveness of these medications depends on the person. If you were recommended to use cholesterol medication, you might be also to undergo liver function tests in order to see the effectiveness of the drug.  Even if you take any of the cholesterol medications, don’t neglect following a healthy lifestyle.

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Generic Atacand

Generic Atacand is a medication that is used in high blood pressure treatment. Generic Atacand blocks the hormone angiotensin and relaxes blood vessels. Managing high blood pressure helps to prevent such conditions as strokes, heart attacks, and kidney disorders. This drug is used to treat congestive heart failure as well.

Generic Atacand is taken by mouth once or twice a day depending on the doctor’s recommendations. It can be used regardless the food. It’s recommended to take this medication at the same time every day. The dosage depends on your condition and response of your body to the medication. When treating high blood pressure, the treatment may take4 – 6 weeks before the full benefits of the medication can be seen.

Generic Atacand can raise the levels of potassium which can lead in some cases to serious adverse effects such as muscle weakness and a slow heartbeat, that’s why don’t take potassium supplements without consulting with your doctor.

During the treatment with Generic Atacand the following adverse reactions can be observed: dizziness, lightheadedness, hazy vision, sore throat, or a runny or stuffy nose. This usually happens as your body adjusts to the medication. If these reactions stay for a long period, consult with your medical provider. You must tell your doctor without a delay if the following adverse effects are observed: fainting, sexual disorders. Among the serious but rarely occurred adverse effects are: change in the amount of urine, symptoms of infection, stomach pain, nausea, getting of eyes or skin yellow, dark urine, extreme fatigue, and chest pain.

It’s not likely that this medication will cause allergic reaction. However if such signs of allergic reaction as swelling, rash, itching, dizziness, difficult breathing occur, inform your healthcare provider as soon as possible. In case any other adverse effects that are not mentioned above are observed, notify your doctor without a delay.

Pregnant women should talk to the medical provider about the possible risks of using this medication. It’s known that Generic Atacand can cause serious harm to foetus. If you become pregnant during the treatment, consult with your healthcare provider without a delay.

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