Visit the Neurologist

Saw the Neurologist last week. The main thing that we were talking about was just my new Oxcarbazepine. I feel fine with it. Even though there are other seizure meds that I’ve taken twice a day, and they were quite an ordeal with the drowsiness, this one seems to work just fine. I asked my Neurologist if we were seeing each other again in three months, and she tells me: “No, I’ll see you in six months…”

“Eh, okay.”

Meds switched back…

As explained, the Oxtellar XR is too expensive. I’m back with the Oxcarbazepine twice-a-day. What I have to say about Oxcarbazepine is to be careful with it. I definitely have found out that this seriously needs to be taken 12 hours apart. Don’t take this one off schedule with the control and side-effects it has.

With all the previous medications I’ve taken over the past decades, the 24-hour pills have been better when dealing with these side-effects of making me tired. I’ve taken those 24-hour ones at night.

So far…. not bad. No “serious” side-effects for me.


Last Sunday, I received the new third COVID shot. I’ve had no problems at all after receiving that. Heck, I got my shot a day before President Biden got his. 😀

Visit to the Neuro again…

Recently, I had an appointment with my Neurologist. I told her about the “main” problem with the current Oxtellar XR medication. Side-effects with new meds have always changed my life, but this isn’t the problem with this one…

Money.

I made a decision last year, for this year, to change the Medicare insurance to a different company.

Well, now the downfall… This new insurance company that I’m using is really screwing me with medication prices. The Oxtellar XR is “several hundred” per month.

So, I told the Neurologist to just change this to the twice-a-day version…..

I already paid the “large amount” for this month, so we’ll just have to wait a few weeks before beginning the new med. Most likely with some new side-effects. Ugh….

Neurologist

Went to my appointment today. We talked for awhile and I decided that the Oxtellar XR is working. She told me…

If it’s working, and you’re feeling much better, then we don’t need to change anything…”

I agree!! I haven’t felt as good as I do now for almost… 10 years!?!

I go back in July.

Side Effects

This new Oxtellar XR has different side-effects that I am dealing with better, rather than the previous Depakote ER. All of the different medications that I’ve been on have always had their own side-effects, and of them in my life have changed me so much in so many ways.

Oxtellar XR has some differences as opposed to the previous. One of which is that it doesn’t seem to be quite a drowsy. With the Depakote ER, I would take the pills and become quite tired afterward. This new med is not making me tired at all.

Quite a change.


THIS is an interesting story….
A couple weeks ago, I got my second COVID vaccine shot. Those shots have side-effects that have to be dealt with for a short-time after receiving the shot. Well, you have to be in the understanding that a change in medication “also” takes time to grow into with those side-effects. For me, it has been dealing with both at the same time. It’s not easy, but still it had to be done.