Because he's also on some medications for pain, I keep a chart of those - listing the drug, the date and I record the time he took it. We have begun to be able to cut the dosage on some of the pain meds, so this chart isn't as important as it once was.
We have jokingly said if a drug has a side-effect, he will be affected. And, I've commented that when new drugs are prescribed, I should read the list of side-effects so I know beforehand what to expect.
For the past couple of months, he has felt worse and worse with almost flu-like symptoms. And, he's gotten to the point where food actually makes him nauseous. Before giving him food, I give him a nausea pill - which may or may not help. His tummy is tender, and hurts when he eats.
His lab results from his blood work last week were good. So what is causing the problem?
Tonight, I pulled out the drug list, and the only new drug was Celebrex - prescribed on 1/26/11. About the same time that his problem began. Celebrex, an anti-inflammatory also used for bone or joint pain, had been prescribed after one of his hospital stays because of his intense back pain. I immediately began to search online for side-effects, which included:
- Burning in chest or stomach
- Decreased appetite
- Flu-like symptoms
- Difficulty sleeping
- Stomach tenderness
- Heart Attack
I had learned another important lesson, unfortunately at his expense. In the future, I WOULD check the side-effects.
Tomorrow is a new day - no more Celebrex! Hoping that it won't take too many days to get out of his system, and praying that this is the culprit causing the problem!