3 September 2017

What's In My Prescription Bag This Week? - 4.9.17

A little mini CF awareness blog series alert!

I get asked a lot about my medication and what each tablet is for etc. I also see a lot of bloggers writing posts about 'what's in my handbag?'

And it finally hit me - why not put my own spin on the traditional handbag blogger post and make it about what I have to pick up from the chemist every week?!

I have to tick off different medications on my prescription every week when I run out or I'm about to run out of the meds I need. Then I pick them up from the chemist at the end of the week, as long as my GP hasn't been a pain in the bum and decided that I don't need that one medication WHICH I DO! It's become part of my never ending routine, even the dispensers and pharmacists who work in the chemist know me on a first name basis! Hopefully by the end of this mini series I'll be able

I haven't done a CF blog post for quite a while now so I'm overdue one now!

So here's what I picked up from the chemist this week:
I only had to pick up four items this week - which is a pretty slow week.

A Z I T H R O M Y C I N / Z I T H R O M A X
This is an antibiotic which I've been on for years and years. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.I take two tablets of this on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Very odd dosage I know, but it obviously works for my lungs so that's good enough for me!

I T R A C O N A Z O L E
Ah Itraconazole. The drug, for me personally, that can be a pain in the backside for so many reasons. Not only does my GP surgery refuse to give it to me sometimes because they think that 2 weeks supply will last me for a month but I have had some of the side effects. I first started this drug when I first contracted the fungal infection ABPA (Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis) then I stopped it for a few years before the doctors thought it would be a good idea for me to start taking them again a few years ago. I take two capsules twice a day. It keeps my ABPA at bay so I can't complain.

C O L O M Y C I N
The one nebuliser I've always been on. I inhale the powder solution which I mix with saline twice a day. It takes a good 10 minutes to do through the E-flow which means 20 minutes of my day is breathing in a white powder solution. It keeps Pseudomonas away though so, I kind of want to say it's worth it? Yeah, let's go with that.
 
P R E D N I S O L O N E

The little banes of my life. Will I ever come off them?! I've been taking them for 12 years, different doses at a time, it feels like I'm never going to be free of them. The doctors have been trying to wean me off these steroids for so long, just when I think I'm about to conquer the lower doses, my lungs decide not to play ball and I end up increasing my dose AGAIN. Not good. I take them to help with keeping ABPA at bay too. But one thing that steroids make you do is EAT. And I mean eat until the cows come home, talking of cows, my roast beef dinner should be ready in a minute.

 
There we have it, my prescription for this week. I'll have another series post for next week, not sure what I need to order this week yet. Will have a rummage through my medication table to see what's running low.
 
If you have any questions about anything just leave a comment and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!
 
Lucy
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