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by slacker
Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Prevention and Treatment
Topic: Melatonin
Replies: 45
Views: 7400

Re: Melatonin

If the gabapentin doesn't help taking at bedtime, by all means take at dinner or a few hours prior to bedtime. It's a med that's given three times a day for most conditions, with common side effect of drowsiness or somnolence. Luckily, only needed late in the day for insomnia!
by slacker
Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Prevention and Treatment
Topic: Melatonin
Replies: 45
Views: 7400

Re: Melatonin

I happen to have tons of gabapentin lying around (post-surgery meds I never used). Maybe I should try that again. Prob is that I felt sort of yucky for 2-4 hours post-waking the few times I tried it. But it did work pretty well! If possible, start with gabapentin 100 mg at bedtime and increase by 1...
by slacker
Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Prevention and Treatment
Topic: For those of us with elevated Lp(a)
Replies: 30
Views: 6176

Re: For those of us with elevated Lp(a)

Flushing can be managed in many people by taking the niacin at bedtime, preceded by a 81 mg baby aspirin 30 min prior to the niacin. A small snack near bedtime like an apple or pear can help (so much for KetoFlex). Starting at a lower dose and slowly increasing the dose can also help.
by slacker
Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Science and Research
Topic: Mind your ApoA1 levels!
Replies: 21
Views: 3684

Re: Mind your ApoA1 levels!

marty wrote:
...Trials of niacin added to statin have failed to demonstrate cardiac benefits...


I wonder if niacin showed cardiac benefit in those with elevated Lp(a) or presence of ApoE4? Was the study powered to evaluate this?
by slacker
Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Science and Research
Topic: Sage for Protecting and Enhancing Cognition
Replies: 7
Views: 1374

Re: Sage for Protecting and Enhancing Cognition

Circular - If you go to the pubmed abstract, near the top of the screen is a plus sign with an "Author Information" link. This link often has an email address of the author. Many scientists are able and willing to send a pdf of the full article if sent a reasonable explanation for the requ...
by slacker
Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Prevention and Treatment
Topic: Melatonin
Replies: 45
Views: 7400

Re: Melatonin

Wait, just checked my long list of things to try for sleep. Aside from suv., one other thing I haven't tried is trazodone. Would that be risky? Most drugs used on- or off-label for sleep have the potential to be detrimental to cognition. Trazodone is "possibly" anticholinergic per this li...
by slacker
Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Prevention and Treatment
Topic: Message from Food Revolution Network and Dr. Greger
Replies: 27
Views: 4533

Re: Message from Food Revolution Network and Dr. Greger

Maureen -

I would greatly appreciate your recommendation for cookbooks for those of us who are ethically vegetarian/vegan, avoid animal fats, and struggle with reducing/eliminating grains from our diet.
by slacker
Fri Dec 30, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Prevention and Treatment
Topic: My Reply to Nequals1Guy
Replies: 25
Views: 4508

Re: My Reply to Nequals1Guy

...This is why I am so driven to self experiment and self diagnose because I feel like an MD's diagnosis is only going to come from the presentation of the symptoms. What causes the symptoms is the question that will always remain and I do not want to stop the search for answers. N=1, In my profess...
by slacker
Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:38 pm
Forum: Science and Research
Topic: Frequent saunas appear protective from AD
Replies: 13
Views: 2135

Re: Frequent saunas appear protective from AD

Do you have any idea if they mean dry sauna or a steam room? I wonder if hot tub use or a hot bath would be an acceptable substitute? According to the Medscape summary, "Traditional Finnish saunas were used by all of the study participants. These versions have dry air and a recommended tempera...
by slacker
Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Science and Research
Topic: Statins may cause soft plaque to calcify
Replies: 8
Views: 1783

Re: Statins may cause soft plaque to calcify

very interesting and helpful discussion. I've been off statins for over 5 years but was on them all sequentially and consistently at least that long prior to stopping. Maybe I should save my $$ and skip the coronary calcium imaging; this study may have pushed me off this particular fence I've been b...

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