Cocktail Time

Everyone loves a cocktail, right? I know I do. Here’s what goes into my favourite cocktail of the moment. Prednisolone, Levetiracetam, Azathioprine, AdCal D3, Omeprazole and Venlafaxine XL. The major downside to this is the high doses of the various components and that sad fact that I can’t take it with a nip of gin. For if it were indeed a cocktail Gin would be a heavy influence in its manufacture.

Let’s break it down Gin lovers!

Omeprozole is a gastro-resistant medication which limits the build up of acids in the stomach and stops me going pop whilst enjoying my cocktail.

Prednisolone is a synthetic glucocorticoid, a derivative of cortisol, used to treat a variety of inflammatory and autoimmune conditions and some cancers.

Levetiracetam marketed under the trade name Keppra among others, is a medication used to treat epilepsy. It is used for partial onset, myoclonic, or tonic-clonic seizures.

Azathioprine also known by its brand name Imuran, is an immunosuppressive drug used in organ transplantation and autoimmune diseases and belongs to the chemical class of purine analogues. Synthesized originally as a cancer drug and a prodrug for mercaptopurine in 1957, it has been widely used as an immunosuppressant for more than 50 years.

AdCal D3 is a calcium and vitamin tablet taken to replace said calcium and vitamin D in my body following my daily cocktail.

Venlafaxine XL is an antidepressant of the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) class. This means it increases the concentrations of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine in the body and the brain.

So does it help, yes I think so. One of the side effects is chronic fatigue. I can have a good day with lots of activity followed by a couple of days of exhaustion and sleep. I’m also aware that I am prone to mood disturbances and executive disfunction and an appalling short term memory which I am lead to believe is a result of the Encephalitis leaving me with a bit of brain damage.

I decided to write all of this shit down for a number of reasons. To get this information down in the cloud has meant it is out of my head which should free me up to think of other more creative things. It may also help somebody else who is experiencing a similar situation and is looking for answers. If that’s the case then happy days. It was in no way intended as a pity party. You learn a lot about yourself when faced with life and it’s sinister family member. You learn about the people around you. It brings family closer and sorts the wheat from the chaff.

I’m going to try and publish my short 4 parter on some brain related websites. I’ve enjoyed the process and hope to continue writing my brain scraps down. If you have questions then maybe send me a private message. I’ve been amazed how many people in my wide circle of friends are affected in some way by brain related illness. I’ve learnt that it is also very much a taboo subject that is brushed under the carpet. To wrap things up, in the words of the great Bob Hoskins “It’s Good To Talk”. Let’s not leave it so long next time!


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