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Low dose Verapamil and Melatonin
« on: Jan 9th, 2006, 7:02pm »
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Back in October I started getting a few Shadows. Fall is my time of year for episodes and I have learned shadows precede a full blown episode from hell by about 3 weeks.
 
Went immediately to my Rx who started me on 160 mg/day Verapamil. I also started 9 mg Melatonin at night.
 
The shadows disappeared and I have had no problems.
 
It is very possible I jumped the gun and was never going to have an episode anyway. Or possibly this therapy actually worked. Since I can never do an A/B comparison I'll never know.
 
So I was curious if anyone else had any success with a similar treatment as a preventive?
 
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Re: Low dose Verapamil and Melatonin
« Reply #1 on: Jan 9th, 2006, 11:36pm »
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Hi Dan, verapamil didn't do a thing for me until it was up to 480 mgs a day. Glad it's working for you.  Smiley
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Re: Low dose Verapamil and Melatonin
« Reply #2 on: Jan 10th, 2006, 8:25pm »
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I'd like to say I've had success.  Unfortunately, I never know when a cycle is going to hit (3-5 years remissions currently).  I can only tell you that between the last two cycles, I was on 240mg/day of Verapamil as part of my hypertension cocktail.  Sure didn't stop my last cycle from hitting.
 
After this last cycle, I weaned off the Verap (took 5 months until I was totally without twinges) and doc put me on a different drug for hypertension.  I'm now saving the Verapamil for when I REALLY need it.
 
If it worked for you as a preventative, say a little "thank you" prayer.  Hope you stay PF!
 
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Re: Low dose Verapamil and Melatonin
« Reply #3 on: Jan 10th, 2006, 9:14pm »
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on Jan 9th, 2006, 7:02pm, Revolvr wrote:

Back in October I started getting a few Shadows.  
 
Went immediately to my Rx who started me on 160 mg/day Verapamil. I also started 9 mg Melatonin at night.
 
The shadows disappeared and I have had no problems.
 
It is very possible I jumped the gun and was never going to have an episode anyway. Or possibly this therapy actually worked. Since I can never do an A/B comparison I'll never know.

 
You hadn't mentioned if you've discontinued the use of each to see if there was anything still lurking there.  
  Even if you don't have a before/after comparison, (as Kris mentioned) be glad it either never came or was restrained during this episode by what you used.  
  In the past I've waited until the certainty of a hit before starting a preventative, which will leave the first couple weeks playing catchup and paying dearly for being a slow learner.   So to start and prevent during shadows without a hit, and with this now being three months later, safe to say, "who knows".   Wink
 
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