Since my last blog about the new tablets that I am taking now that I have been accepted onto the medical study into using a combination tablet of Niacin/Laropiprant in order to see if they help to combat heart disease and strokes , I have been managing to swallow them at night with no problem, but the first one that I took on Tuesday night caused some unpleasant side effects and stopped me from getting a good nights sleep.
The study nurse had told me that the tablets should be taken with food so I explained that I don’t eat anything after teatime. She advised me to try taking them without but that I might feel nauseous and queasy if I did, and that just a biscuit eaten either just before or at the same time would help to combat this. I have never been a ‘supper’ person yet I can’t do without eating a breakfast. If I miss having any breakfast I feel shaky and weak until I eat something, but I never eat anything after teatime. In fact I don’t always feel hungry then. So of course being me, I decided I would ignore all advice and take them with just some water in the same manner as I take my other nigh time tablets and then retire to bed.
So it was entirely my own fault that i suffered! I went to bed about 22.30pm and tried to get to sleep. Then my tummy became upset. I did feel sick. I also felt my face burning up, and feeling ‘prickly’. The burning sensation spread down to my upper torso. I tossed. I turned. I out of bed and drank some water. I went to the toilet. I still felt nauseous. I went back to bed and after what seemed an eternity I eventually fell asleep.
When I awoke next morning, my legs felt as if they were on fire, but the nausea had passed thank goodness! Hmm. I can’t go through another night like that again I thought. I’ll have to have something to eat when taking the tablet! So after K had returned from day care, we set off down to town to buy some biscuits. Of course they have to be gluten free, wheat free biscuits because of my gippy tummy. So I ended up with a packet of Tesco’s Ginger biscuits from their Free From range which as usual cost an arm and a leg because they have everything missing! No Gluten, no wheat and no milk equates with ‘cost a packet!’
So on Wednesday night, I had to take my tablet and nibble on one of the ginger biscuits at the same time. They are quite nice actually but I did have to force myself somewhat to eat it. But it did the trick as I didn’t feel nauseous at all, nor did I suffer from the burning face, in fact my head hit the pillow and zzzzzzzzzzz I was asleep thank goodness! Mind you, that could just be that I was so tired from my previous evenings lack of sleep, but I am hoping not.
Apart from that, I have been feeling fine ,and K and I had an enjoyable morning at exercise class where we were put through our paces by the instructor. It was an upsetting one though as she is leaving to emigrate to Australia and this was her last class so we were all a little bit emotional this morning.
So I shall keep taking the tablets (with a ginger biscuit) and see how it goes!