another installment in my ongoing series about living with brain cancer
I have a break between chemo rounds, so I'll tell a bit about my non-chemotherapy medications.
-Keppra (Levetiracetam) helps to prevent seizures (also known as convulsions, or fits) I've never had a full blown seizure where I would fall down lose control of my body and become unconcious, but I am at risk for this and will remain so for the rest of my life. I do occassionally experience milder seizures in which I have blind spots, tunnel vision, reduced hearing, headache, and nausea. They usually last a couple hours or so, and I must lie down to rest until it passes.
-Decadron (Dexamethasone) a steroid anti-inflamatorry, helps reduce swelling in my brain resulting from surgeries and radiation treatments. As the inflamation in my brain subsides my need for this will go down. I'm already down to 1.5mg daily, a fairly low dose. (side effects include weight gain, irritability, skin problems, insomnia, mood swings, etc.)
-Ativan (Lorazepam) a sedative, helps me calm down so I can tolerate the Decadron and sleep, too.
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