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  • keeping down medication when sick

    here's a question,

    I'm afraid I am not going to be able to keep anything "down" today. I am sick to my stomach and wonder if this is going affect the verapamil. I think I have a stomach virus...get the occassional gripping pain. I usually take it at 10:00 a.m. every morning. Will it be ineffective if I get sick again at 10:30? Does it depend how a drug enters your system? maybe a dumb question.
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Re: keeping down medication when sick

    Hi,
    I would suggest maybe eating a few soda crackers with a little tea – the way a pregnant women would do to fight morning sickness. Hopefully your stomach will tolerate it and calm down a bit.

    About the Verapamil, I guess you can only take it and hope for the best. Skipping a dose is not a viable option. Maybe the crackers will help and it won’t be a problem.
    Burt

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      Re: keeping down medication when sick

      thanks for your advice, Burt....so far, so good....took my verapamil and just had a piece of toast...still feel crumby
      \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

      Ralph Waldo Emerson

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      • #4
        Re: keeping down medication when sick

        being sick and having HCM... . hope you feel better soon.
        I heard that drinking some amounts of coke can sometimes help
        with nausua

        sandy

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          Re: keeping down medication when sick

          Cynthia, it's not a dumb question at all. I hope by now, things are better for you. If you are vomiting, the usual absorption of the med will most likely be slowed so you can't be sure how much is taken in anyway, regardless of what the literature says. The literature gives the usual absorption time under usual or ideal conditions. If you feel that you are becoming dehydrated, you just may end up needing to make a visit to the local ER for some IV's. Not a pleasant thought, but it's your backup if you need it. If you feel you have not been able to keep your medicine level at the right amount, if you are dizzy, lightheaded, having severe palpitations, heart racing, etc - you need to consider the ED or calling your doc at the very least. With a condition such as HCM, you need to be a bit more careful with those GI bugs. They can wipe you out quickly. Best wishes, Linda

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            Re: keeping down medication when sick

            thank you for your advice, Linda

            I felt better this morning when I woke up....didn't get as sick as I thought I was going to get....kept my meds down. I'm not 100% and my stomach still feels queezy, but I'm better. I think the verapamil is making me constipated also. When I got to work this morning, my boss was saying that there is a stomach virus thing going around. We work with the school nurses and I guess a good amount of kids have been out sick with this.
            \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

            Ralph Waldo Emerson

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            • #7
              Re: keeping down medication when sick

              It's been a nasty thing in the Baltimore area. We had several hospitals isolating units with outbreaks. It seems to be running it's course now. Now, my son is fighting it tho. Here's hoping we can all avoid the bad stuff, Linda

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