Saw my oncologist just the other day. My PSA is down to 14.4! It’s not a big drop, but any drop, or even level, means the xtandi is still working. I’ve been on the xtandi (plus lupron) for five months or so. I believe its median time to quit working is around three months, so I’m well ahead of the game.
I also can finally report major progress on getting off my antidepressant, geodon. Recall that it had gone toxic on me, producing extreme restlessness an hour or two after I took it. Conventional tapering down wasn’t working I was so addicted to it. My shrink suggested we use a bridge drug to transition. We started that a couple months ago. Today I took my last dose of geodon.
I had no idea all the side effects I was suffering from under geodon. I started taking it when I was very depressed, and it worked great at relieving the depression so I was happy. Now that I’m done with it I see what really happened. It considerably dampened my energy level and spirit. While on it I was just marking time until my death. Nothing excited me. Now I feel as if the world has reopened for me.
To ensure the depression doesn’t return I upped the dose on another antidepressant and there’s always the bridge drug. I’m going to try to get off the bridge drug as well. I started out at a dose ½ to ¼ of a typical patient and am shortly going to start tapering down on that. I’m trying to minimize the drugs I’m taking.
Last but not least, I had an ischemic stroke. The good news is I fully recovered. I was at lunch and felt my thumb and middle finger of my right go numb. It just felt so weird I knew it was a stroke. Off my wife and I went to the ER. By the time we got there I could only talk intermittently. They loaded me up with stuff. My blood pressure was 226/183! Two injections of some magic medicine and it was more normal. I had to spend the night at the hospital, but was 95% by the next morning. I’m now on double the high blood pressure meds and doing fine.