Friday, October 9, 2009

When life gives you lemons... stick 'em in your eyes.

The adventure continues.

I stopped the Metformin (glucophage), and Jaysen's behavior improved for 3 days. He's now back to the evilness. I called the psych and reported that the Metformin just isn't working for him, and she prescribed Topamax.

So I started researching.

And I didn't like what I was finding.

Realizing that the internet can be a scary place when you're looking up medical conditions and medications- I only have a headache, do you really think it's a brain aneurysm??? I decided to confer with my friendly neighborhood pharmacist.

She basically confirmed everything I had read.

Topamax is often called "Stupidmax" or "Dopamax", due to its tendency to impair cognitive function. It not only makes you reeeeally sleepy, but many people report lessened cognitive awareness, and even jamais vu, which let me tell you peeps, is some scary shiz.

WTF? Seriously? I'm supposed to give my kid a med that would not only zombify him, but make him not remember family members or everyday tasks? I don't think so.


The pharmacist did say there is a not-very-well known liquid form of Metformin, and I should totally ask his psych about it, because that's what he really should be on. So I did. And she agreed. I pick it up today, so I don't yet know if we will be experiencing the butt-splosions again or not.

Wish us luck.

In other news, I received an awesome award from Shea's Mom, whose blog is not only full of teh awesome, but her son is just adorable and I want to squeeze him- which he'd probably hate. And I wouldn't care because he's that cute. Seriously.

So here it is... The Lemonade Stand award!

Apparently, Shea's Mom thinks I make the best out of craptastic situations- Which is cool because it's proof that my "game face" rawks.

Thank you Shea's Mom!

Now...I am supposed to send this award to 10 people, but in true fashion of The Quirk Factor here, I am going to have to decline on this one.
The truth is, I just can't handle it right now.
There is far too much crapola going on right now, that I can barely think straight.
I guess that makes me unworthy of the award, but too late, it's already miiiine!

So I'm going to pass the award along as a free for all- I do think all of you are deserving, so here it is if you would like it!

I have lemons.
This time I'm not making lemonade, I'm just gonna stick 'em in my eyes.


Ashley's Mom said...

Topamax is scary, and even scarier if you read about it on the Internet. Ashley is on it for seizures, and once we got the dose adjusted correctly, she has had no side effects except a tiny weight loss. (Topamax is often used as a weight loss drug).

But, before getting the dose just right, the side effects were not pleasant. Ashley didn't have the sleepiness or zombiness, but she did get a little agitated. All I had to do was cut the dose though.

She is still on it, and has been for a couple of years. It is one of the seizure meds I would like to target to reduce or eliminate, but there are others that I want to try to get rid of first.

My advice - even though you didn't ask :) - try the topamax, but at a very low dose. If you raise the dose, do it very very slowly and watch for side effects. As soon as you spot them, drop back to the previous dose.

Lots and lots of people take topamax - for weight loss, for migraines, and for seizures. Temper that with what you read about it...

Corrie Howe said...

I love the last line. I'm sorry about the meds. I hope you can find one that works for Jaysen.

Bonnie said...

my lucky day to read your blog, I am so taking that Lemonade stan award!!! Thanks, I'm not worthy.

Well further reading is going to have to occur for me to know why your are supposed to give your boy the mentioned meds. I was prescribed Welbutrin for Casey's "anxiety"'s still sitting in the cabinet, that was last May...

On with my research!

Tanya @ TeenAutism said...

You SO deserve this award. Hope the liquid option helps. Sending positive thoughts . . .

Shea's Mom said...

Don't worry about it Quirk. Passing on the left is allowed.

Just as long as long as you know how much I love ya. And, good luck with the meds. You are right on top of the research and that's crucial.

Bonnie - It's lemon is yours, girlfriend! Roll with it!

Casdok said...

Congrats on your award. And how fortunate to have a friendly pharmacist.