The New Drug Regimen

prescription bottle with pills falling out. 'The person who takes medicine must recover twice, once from the disease and once from the medicine.' William Osler, M.D.I’ve been on various prescription drugs for what seems like forever. I’ve traveled with prescription bottles, syringes, injectable doses…it was fun (<cough>) getting through airport security at times.

But on┬áJune 2, I started a completely new regimen because of the new kidney. What was really strange was coming home and completely emptying the cupboard where I’ve always stored my drugs because I no longer take any of them. And then refilling the cupboard with all of the new drugs.

So here’s how my day goes now:

At 8 a.m., I take:

  • Tacrolimus (the generic form of Prograf) to prevent rejection
  • Mycophenolate Mofetil (the generic form of CellCept) to prevent rejection
  • Pills I take at 8 am (currently: 16)Prednisone (also to prevent rejection, but it does much more than that)
  • Bactrim (an anti-bacterial), but only for six months
  • Valcyte (an anti-viral), but only for six months
  • Prilosec (to prevent ulcers from all the drugs; a bonus is that it lets me eat almost anything I want…when I actually start eating again)
  • A multi-vitamin

Pills I take at 8 pm (currently: 10)At 8 p.m., I take:

  • Tacrolimus
  • Mycophenolate Mofetil
  • Pravacol (a new-to-me cholesterol drug).

Before bed, I take Coumadin (but only for three months) and, for right now, painkillers (so that I can get into bed without pain, and then sleep). I’m on the Coumadin for now to prevent any clots from forming in the new kidney.

Pills I take before bed (currently: 10)They’ve already adjusted the dosages of several drugs a couple of times, using my lab results to determine how much I need. When I first came home from the hospital, I was taking 13 pills in the morning, 6 at night, and 7 before bed. Now I take 16 in the morning, 10 at night, and 10 before bed.

At least most of the pills are small :-)

UPDATE: With the exception of the Coumadin, pain killers, Valcyte, and Bactrim, I’ll be on these drugs for the rest of my life.

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