Transplant Athlete
Monday, November 14, 2005

I have a really odd body. Odd in the way that I always seem to get the least likely adverse reactions to medicine. For instance, I started taking Procardia a couple of weeks ago in addition to the Cozaar in an attempt to control my blood pressure. I knew that after the biopsy, I wouldn't be able to exercise and my doctor felt it would be prudent to be on both.

I got the headaches, 23% of the test population got them. But, the first night I took Procardia, I had the most realistic dream I have ever had. (Rough Outline of Dream: I went to a concert with my wife and kids, My sister Clair and her husband, and my cousin Matt. Afterwards, we spent the night in a Frat House.) When I woke up in my dream in the Frat House, it felt so real. When I actually woke up, I googled the drug to find out if that was a side effect This site had "Abnormal or Terrifying Dreams" listed as a rare side effect. The official Procardia page lists Abnormal dreams as occuring in 2% or less of the people in the test population.

I am thankful that its not some of the other "rare" side effects though, like "Transient blindness" or "sexual difficulties". That would suck. Another example? Prograf's rare side effects include: Alopecia (got it) and Hypertension (got it).


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I've gone through kidney failure twice. The first time in 2000, my mother donated a kidney; and again in 2008, I'm on dialysis waiting for a breakthrough in immuno-suppression medicines before seeking a new kidney.

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