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 ***** 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!