Apr 20, 2013 - 6:44 am
I wanted to share what happened this week concerning what has been determined as a side effect from steroids.
I was given three drugs to help control nausea from the chemo. Ondansetron, Dexamethason and Prochlorper (breakthrough nausea). Dexamethason and Prochlorper are steroids. I was also given Emend during infusion with another steroid. I came into last Monday in pretty bad shape. I was dehyrated and in a lot of pain. I didn't realize how bad off I was.
Every week, my chemo nurse asks me a bunch of questions in a conversational way. This week she started asking me questions and the next thing I know I have an ocology psychiatrist visiting. She determined rather quickly that I was reacting strongly to the steroids. The best way to describe the symptoms would be "roid rage". Lack of sleep, hallucinations, cursing up a storm (I don't have a potty mouth) and generally acting like an A-(*&!. Other side effects were extreme irritability and violent thoughts (like wanting to bitch slap the cell phone out of the guy's hand that was texting and crossing the street without looking!)
My team was consulted and I was given Haldol. It's definitely helped. I was feeling calmer by the end of the week. I'm thankful my team is on the ball!