I went to my neurologist, and walked out of his office with a prescription for less of one of my medications! I've been having some side effects that I don't like (slight hallucinations, sudden sleepiness, edema in my legs and feet) and the doctor thinks it's from the Requip. So, he cut me back from 12 mg a day to 10mg; that is, 5 pills instead of 6. Kind of nice to be decreasing medicine rather than increasing for once. That means that instead of 17 pills a day, I'll be taking 16.
So far, I've had no reaction to the change either way, really (except for some symptom fluctuation, but I was told to expect that). One of the things I've learned about Parkinson's medications, though, is that I have to be very patient. It seems to take a long time for the system to stabilize after I change something.
So, now I take these every day:
5 Requip XL
2 Zelapar (selegiline)
and that's not counting the Ambien I take for insomnia, the Baclofen I occasionally take for muscle rigidity, the Sumatripan I take for migraines and the B12 and D vitamins I take for vitamin deficiencies. Oh yes, and then there's the study drug I'm taking for a clinical trial. It's amazing that I don't rattle when I walk! Well, I'm just grateful that it all works as well as it does.
"Better Living Through Chemistry", right?