While in NJ I had my annual medical appointments with my family doctor. As I have high cholesterol she prescribed Niaspan. A few years back I took Lipitor for a short time but had muscle aches.
I went to fill the prescription in NJ but found it cost $130.00 a month! Since I had signed up for Medicare Part D prescription starting Jan 1 I decided to wait to have it fill until then. So on Thursday I filled it at a cost of $103.00 which would go toward my $325.00 deductible.
I forgot to take the Niaspan on Thursday night. Instructions recommend taking before bed with a low-fat snack. I took the med on Friday night and felt okay on Saturday.
Saturday morning we drove over to Houston to visit with my step-daughter D'Juana and family for the day, intending to return to Louisiana late Sunday afternoon.
Around 7 I took the Niaspan as directed. About an hour later I was sitting on the sofa and felt a hot tingling on my forehead. It quickly spread over my face and down my arms. I started to feel nausea. Len was playing a board game with D'Juana and granddaughter Alex. I was sitting about 15 feet away in a dark room. I told him I was feeling strange. He said I was bright red and the muscles on my face were dropped. His first thought was stroke or heart attack.
Leonard came over and helped me stand. I felt I needed to use restroom. When I got in there I told him I was afraid to even try to use the toilet and I grabbed hold on him. I came to laying on the floor in the hallway. I don't remember even leaving to bathroom.
I was having breathing problems. It hurt when he touched my arms. My tongue swelled and I had hives down my arms. I thought I was going to die. D'Juana gave me some Benadryl and called 911. The paramedics arrived and set me on a chair. I told them I felt nausea. This time I came to again on the floor and they were elevating my legs.
Off in the ambulance I went. They hooked me up to an IV and more Benadryl. At the hospital they took an EKG, two chest Xrays, a CT scan and lots of blood work. Everything was okay. It was obvious I had an allergic reaction to the Niaspan.
I wondered why I didn't have the reaction on Friday night, the first night I took it. The paramedics said often this happens that the body recognizes a problem the first time and then fights it off on the second dosage.
I was released around 1:30 am. I got back to D'Juanas, went to sleep and woke around 9:15. I was tired all day. Today I am still lightheaded, with a slight headache but well enough to have tossed that prescription in the trash!