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Losing my Job (and Lactose for the Last Time)

June 1, 2013 1 comment

Wow, I’m writing again!

Just an update. I was told at work that I’m being given my six-weeks’ notice on September 1st. My boss said that I’m smart, but the time it took me to get my work done was “retarded”. He said I wasn’t the person he hired. Of course when he hired me I was high and I would get up at 3am every night and work, and I’ve been mostly normal or low ever since. He also said I needed to get my meds changed because I was a spaced out all the time.

To be honest, I probably deserve to be let go. Also, I really don’t like working at this place, so it’s a blessing in disguise. Unfortunately it’s scary because I have to find another job and I can’t afford to be even a week without work. I’m one of those people who is one paycheque away from ruin. That’s another story for another time.

In other news, I am back on the normal generic versions of all my meds. I’m off of all the exotic stuff I was taking trying to be lactose free. It turns out it wasn’t the meds that were giving me the problems; it was all the dairy related stuff in my diet despite my best efforts to get rid of it. I found some extra strength lactase enzyme pills (Webber’s) that I take with things that give me trouble, and I’m doing pretty well. Hopefully this is the end of this topic. I know I keep saying that.

Well, I don’t have anything witty or insightful to say right now. I did find a web site that has a pretty witty and insightful look at depression:

http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.ca/2013/05/depression-part-two.html

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Medications and Lactose (Part 2)

November 26, 2011 Leave a comment

I am lactose-intolerant and perphenazine, which I really like, contains lactose. When I saw my psychiatrist last week we went through many alternative medications and I checked each one on my phone with Google. They all contained lactose. We discovered that the liquid form of perphenazine does not contain lactose, so he prescribed me that. Later, my pharmacist and I discovered that there are two companies that make perphenazine in Canada, and neither one makes the liquid form.

I don’t know about a wider range of meds, but it certainly seems if you are psychotic and lactose-intolerant in Canada you are out of luck. Yet, I can’t believe there is nothing else they can put in those tablets besides lactose.

Oh well. Just one more side-effect to learn to live with.

Perphenazine Contains Lactose

October 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Last October I lost my drug plan so my doctor switched me over to cheaper alternative medications. One of the switches was from risperidone to perphenazine. It was a very good switch. With risperidone I had been hearing voices regularly and with perphenazine they immediately stopped.

I have always been somewhat lactose-intolerant, but it wasn’t bad. As long as I didn’t drink a litre of milk all at once, or eat dairy every day for a solid week, I could basically eat and drink what I wanted. Unfortunately, at approximately the same time I switched to perphenazine I became 100% lactose-intolerant. I mean a half a millimetre of butter on a roll makes me sick for three days. I talked about it with my pharmacist and both my family doctor and psychiatrist, specifically asking if there was a connection to the perphenazine. None of them thought there was. Fine, so it was a coincidence and my life sucks.

In the past year I have learned what has dairy in it. Did you know McDonald’s french fries have dairy? Unfortunately my problem has gotten worse. Now I can’t even have lactose-free products. I can’t have soy. I can still have almond milk.

Long story short, finally I Googled perphenazine and lactose. Guess what? Perphenazine contains lactose. Why didn’t I use Google on the first day?

Now I have to choose: do I stay on a med I like a lot and deal with the unpleasant physical side effects? Or do I spin the pharmaceutical wheel again?