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What Vitamins Do You Take?
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vavaughn - March 19

I am trying to learn more about vitamins and how they can help my treatment of neuropathy, fibro and OA. In addition to my Rx meds, I am currently taking:

-Calcium 600 mg + 400 IU Vitamin D
-Vitamin D 2000 IU
-Super B Complex
-Multi Daily with Iron

I have recently found out that I have OA and have been wondering about some of the bone health supplements -- Glucosamine and Chondroitin. Does anyone take these and do you notice a difference in your joint pain?

I have also been thinking of adding SAM-e to my daily vitamins. What has anyone's experience been with this for fibro fog?

I'd love to hear what vitamins everyone is taking, for what condition and if you've noticed any improvements since you've started those vitamins.

As always, thank you for sharing your personal experiences. Wishing everyone a painfree and peaceful day!

 

Fantod - March 19

It is very important that you use a multi vitamin that is not Centrum or a one a day variety. Go to the health food store and ask them for a recommendation to a better quality. I use Ener-G 2 per Day made by Vicol.

With regards to SAM-e:

SAMe increases a brain chemical called serotonin. Some medications for depression also increase the brain chemical serotonin. Taking SAMe along with these medications for depression might increase serotonin too much and cause serious side effects including heart problems, shivering, and anxiety. Do not take SAMe if you are taking medications for depression.

Some of these medications for depression include fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), amitriptyline (Elavil), clomipramine (Anafranil), imipramine (Tofranil), and others.

Medications for depression (MAOIs) interacts with SAMe

SAMe increases a chemical in the brain. This chemical is called serotonin. Some medications used for depression also increase serotonin. Taking SAMe along with these medications used for depression might cause too much serotonin in the body, and serious side effects including heart problems, shivering, and anxiety. Some of these medications used for depression include phenelzine (Nardil), tranylcypromine (Parnate), and others.
Take care.

 

Fantod - March 19

If you want to use something for fibro-fog consider phosphatidylserine made from plants. It is also called "Neuro-PS." My nutritionist recommended that I use this supplement. And, my Dad who has mild dementia uses it too. Take care.

 

vavaughn - March 19

Do you know if Neuro-PS interacts with depression medications?

Also has anyone heard of or used FocusFactor? Does it run the same risk of interaction with depression Rx?

 

vavaughn - March 19

Fantod -- Did you specifically ask for a variety of vitamin for fibro or just a high quality multi-multi?

 

Fantod - March 19

Drying medications (Anticholinergic drugs) interacts with PHOSPHATIDYLSERINE

Some drying medications are called anticholinergic drugs. Phosphatidylserine might increase chemicals that can decrease the effects of these drying medications.

Some drying medications include atropine, scopolamine, and some medications used for allergies (antihistamines) and for depression (antidepressants).

Medications for Alzheimer's disease (Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors) interacts with PHOSPHATIDYLSERINE

Phosphatidylserine might increase a chemical in the body called acetylcholine. Medications for Alzheimer's disease called acetylcholinesterase inhibitors also increase the chemical acetylcholine. Taking phosphatidylserine along with medications for Alzheimer's disease might increase effects and side effects of medications for Alzheimer's disease.

Some acetylcholinesterase medications include donepezil (Aricept), tacrine (Cognex), rivastigmine (Exelon), and galantamine (Reminyl, Razadyne).

Various medications used for glaucoma, Alzheimer's disease, and other conditions (Cholinergic drugs) interacts with PHOSPHATIDYLSERINE

Phosphatidylserine might increase a chemical in the body called acetylcholine. This chemical is similar to some medications used for glaucoma, Alzheimer's disease, and other conditions. Taking phosphatidylserine with these medications might increase the chance of side effects.

Some of these medications used for glaucoma, Alzheimer's disease, and other conditions include pilocarpine (Pilocar and others), and others.

 

Fantod - March 19

About half of the ingredients in Focus Factor can be found in your typical multivitamin, according to the University of California, Berkeley’s Wellness Guide to Dietary Supplements. Additionally, other ingredients can be attained without Focus Factor by simply eating a healthful diet. Some of these include choline, a type of fat needed by the brain and nervous system; DMAE, a chemical found din the brain that is responsible for choline production; and DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid. It also includes vitamins C, E, B6 and B12, and a host of herbs, including Huperzine, which is being studied as a potential drug for Alzheimer’s.

Side Effects
While the company that makes Focus Factor claims that there are no known side effects to taking the product, individuals have complained of mild gastric upset. The fish oil in the product may also lead to burping and loose stool. Some people may also experience other sensitivities to some of the ingredients in the product.

Contraindications
According to the maker of Focus Factor, people who have been diagnosed with a medical condition and are taking prescription drugs, and those who are pregnant or nursing, should talk to their doctors before taking Focus Factor to avoid any potential dangers.

 

Fantod - March 19

Tell them that you have FMS and see what they recommend. It will certainly be better than whatever you may be taking now. Take care.

 

OnaJourney - March 19

I have been taking Sisu Supreme Multivitamin for many years. It is of excellent quality; you take 2 per day so that the dosage is split. Your body can only handle so much of any one vitamin/mineral at a time. It contains a good dosage of the B vitamins and I must say my Dr. says I have B12 of a 25 year old (I'm 61!!). Do remember a multi is designed to fill the gap in a good diet, not replace it. It comes with Iron and Iron Free. It is my understanding that one should only take iron if recommended by a doctor, as iron can be harmful.

May I suggest a product for OA - Genuine Health Fast Joint Care+. It contains NEM (natural eggshell membrane). You should start to feel results in as little as 7 - 10 days, so you will know if the product is right for you.

For more information, you can always check out websites for these products.

 

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