The Medications, Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements I Take

This page was updated on 8-24-16.

This is where I will keep the list of medications, vitamins, minerals and supplements I take or have taken, what they are/were for and how they affect/affected me.  I will try to keep it as current as possible.  It is more for me than anything else, but it might give you an idea of where to start medication, vitamins, mineral and supplement-wise if you've recently been diagnosed.  Please remember, though, that what works for me might not work for you, and (if you're on medications, vitamins, minerals or supplements for other things) some of the things I take might interfere with something you're already on, so do your research!
  
Also, I am NOT a doctor, and I wouldn't recommend taking medication, vitamins, minerals or supplements without talking to one, so PLEASE don't just go out and buy products without talking to your doctor FIRST.  If he/she doesn't know what vitamins, minerals or supplements would benefit you AND gives you the ok to research it out and take them, then ask your pharmacist (or nutritionist if you have one) because chances are they will.   My pharmacist even told me what time of day would be best to take them to get maximum benefits from all my medication, vitamins, minerals and supplements.  Just make sure that you tell them what medications, vitamins, minerals and supplements you are already taking so they give you the best advice possible.  Bottom line: Keep an open line of communication between yourself, your doctor, your pharmacist and your nutritionist (if you have one).  It'll ensure you are able to be the healthiest you can be!

Medications:


  A 50mcg Levothyroxine Pill

  • Levothyroxine (88mcg): This is NOT a Fibro med.  I take it for Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.  I take this 1/2 an hour to an hour before I eat anything in the morning.  (The picture is of the 50mcg dosage that I used to take.  I will add an updated picture later when I have more time.)



My Meloxicam Pill

  • Meloxicam (15mg): I take this once daily IF I need it for pain.  At this time I rarely need to take it; once a week at most (though occasionally I need it more).  This medication can wipe me out sometimes, but it helps a lot with mobility and eases the pain quite nicely, though normally it's not 100% effective of removing joint pain, just muscle pain and/or headaches.

  • Baby Aspirin (81mg): This is NOT a Fibro med.  I take it to prevent blood clots because I am positive for 1 copy of the Factor V Leiden mutation and for heart health.  I try to take it between meals or at least an hour after dinner.
  • Hydrochlorothiazide (25 mg):  This is NOT a Fibro med.  I take it once a day as needed for water retention.


Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements:
     
     Vitamins I have taken.  I need to take a new picture as what I take has changed.
  • Flaxseed Oil Tablet (1200mg): I take one of these daily at lunch time, later if I forget to take it with lunch.  This helps greatly to reduce my stiffness and inflammation and increase mobility.  It also has Omega-3 which is good for my heart.
      
  • Caffeinated Coffee: I know this may sound crazy, but when I am having brain fog/trouble focusing, asthma/congestion and/or a headache, the caffeine in coffee can really help me.  I've tried other forms of caffeine, and they just don't do the trick (the exception being Excedrin Migraine that has caffeine in it when I have a migraine, but that's off the market for now).  Coffee does not work for me as a preventative measure, so I'm going to limit at least caffeinated coffee to "as needed".  I'm still looking for a supplement/vitamin for the brain fog/trouble focusing issue, but at least I know that I can drink a cup of coffee when it's bad and get some help, and (even after I find a supplement/vitamin) I will continue to drink it "as needed" as I stated earlier.  As of August 23, 2016, I am drinking all decaf coffee UNLESS I need caffeine for a headache, congestion, etc.
      
  • B-Complex and B-12: I take one of these daily at lunch time, later if I forget to take it with lunch.  This is to help with my energy level more than anything.
      
  • Magnesium (250mg): I take one of these daily at lunch time, later if I forget to take it with lunch.  This is to help with my general Fibromyalgia symptoms.
      
  • Turmeric (400mg): I take one of these daily at lunch time, later if I forget to take it with lunch.  This is to help with inflammation and (possibly) with any digestive issues and moodiness/depression.
        
  • Probiotic Acidophilus (0.5mg/100+ million active cultures): This is something I added in April of 2014 to help with overall health/digestion.
I buy all of my vitamins (when possible) from Puritan's Pride.  They have a lot of vitamins that are allergy-friendly.  I highly recommend them!  Their prices and sales are great, too!


Recently Removed Medications, Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements 
  • Norvasc: This is NOT a Fibro med.  I took this for arrhythmia.  After discussing this medication with the doctor and the feeling that it may be lowering my blood pressure too much (I was having some dizzy-type spells), we decided to remove it for now and do an event monitor to see if we can capture the arrhythmia issue and determine if it's an irregular heart beat of some type or something else.  It is possible it is something totally harmless and that taking a medication for it could be doing more harm than good, so we shall see.  I'll let you all know.  For now, I have been off of it since 3-23-13 and the dizziness has not happened.  I am hopeful that we found the cause of those episodes and that the event monitor will be able to tell us more about what is going on with my heart, if anything (I don't have the monitor yet - I'm waiting on the referral).  Update 4-16-13: I will NOT be doing the event monitor for now since all of the problems I was having with dizziness and racing heart are GONE since stopping the Norvasc and since the insurance will not cover the event monitor.  If I start to have issues in the future, I am most likely going to have the testing done, but for now we are just grateful that stopping the medication seems to have fixed the issues I was having.    
  • Green Tea Extract (315mg): I took one of these daily at lunch time, later if I forgot to take it with lunch.  I took it because of its great anti-oxidant properties and to help improve my overall health.  On April 24, 2016 I removed it from my regimen because I felt it was no longer needed.  I had no change in my condition/health after removing it.
      
  • Multivitamin: I took 1 adult multivitamin daily at lunch time, later if I forgot to take it with lunch.  I stopped taking it in June of 2016 as I was having trouble finding one without soy in it, and soy really messes with my system.  If I find that I'm feeling too blah without it, I will search for a soy-free one again and take that, but so far I've only noticed that I feel better, so I believe removing it was a good thing for me. 
  • Vitamin D-3 (1000IU): I took one of these daily at lunch time, later if I forgot to take it with lunch.  It was to help with my overall health.  I stopped taking it on August 24, 2016 as we are suspecting that it is giving me a false high LDL level as all my other cholesterol levels are amazing.  So far, I am doing ok off of it, but may add it in again in future if it is needed and we determine that it is NOT causing a false high high LDL level.
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Note: If you are looking for more information on drug interactions with herbal supplements or if you are just looking for more information on vitamins, herbs, botanicals, etc. in general, I encourage you to take a look at this page from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  You can type in the herb, vitamin, botanical, etc. that you want more information on, and it will give you lots of information from where it is found in food, what drugs it can interact with, possible side effects, etc.  It can really help you make an informed decision, and give you what you need to be able to talk with your doctor intelligently about natural supplement ideas for your treatment plan.

2 comments:

  1. Hi, I also have fibromyalgia and need levothyroxine (interesting)! Your supplements are similar to the ones I take. I also struggle with emotional eating, weight, exercise induced asthma, and PCOS. It's nice to know that there are other women out there like me too!
    You are spot on with physical activity and how it affects pain. Sitting makes me miserable 7 pushing myself too hard during exercise is equally awful... It's hard to find balance. Anyway, I appreciate you sharing your struggles!
    ~Lisa

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    1. Sounds like we have very similar struggles! You will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers. Life can be hard enough without those other things on top of it, I know. Extra prayer support never hurts. :)

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Feel free to email me at any time, if you have any questions for me, just want to chat, need to vent or whatever. My email is always open. :) naturalandfreeinfo(at)gmail(dot)com

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