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Re: I should've known it was too good to last.

Posted by JohnL on December 30, 1999, at 17:56:55

In reply to I should've known it was too good to last., posted by Michele on December 29, 1999, at 8:25:45

Hey there Michele. Hope things have smoothed out a little for you today. It is SSSOOOO discouraging to feel good and then have it stolen like a thief in the night. Believe me, I know. It seems so cruel and unfair. This site is dominated by lots of people with the exact same problems. I know it doesn't help enough, but just understand you are nowhere near being alone in your struggles.

It may be that you have reached a point where it is time for a dose increase. It's not unusual to have to raise the dose a couple times to find that plateau where things stabilize. Another possibility is that the good days you had might be a sign of more to come. It's not unusual to have some good days, more bad days, good days again, bad days again....but each time the good days become more while the bad days become fewer. Sometimes these drugs just kick in all at once, but sometimes they come on slowly in a yo-yo fashion that eventually levels out nicely. It's only been a few weeks and these drugs really take three months to reach full effectiveness. That is, after the correct dose has been reached.

Shoot, I wish there was some easy way to deal with this. But those are my thoughts. I suspect if we took a survey of doctors on your situation, a high majority would suggest raising the dose and giving it more time. After that has been done, then they might consider either an augmentation or a switch. But it's still early in treatment and it may be that all you need is a little more dose. Anyway, been there, done that, know exactly how you feel. Hang in there. You've got cyberfriends all over the world who can relate. :) JohnL




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