Alternatives: If you're among the millions of older Americans who haven't been diagnosed with heart disease but are taking these drugs to lower your slightly elevated cholesterol, ask your doctor or other health care provider about making changes to your diet and getting regular exercise instead of using statins. You also might try lowering your blood levels of homocysteine — which is linked to high cholesterol — by taking a combination of sublingual (under-the-tongue) vitamin B12 (1,000 mcg daily), folic acid (800 mcg daily) and vitamin B6 (200 mg daily).
Ask the Pharmacist is written by Armon B. Neel Jr. , PharmD, CGP, in collaboration with journalist Bill Hogan. They are coauthors of Are Your Prescriptions Killing You? (Atria Books).
I really hope for you since it was the 1 epidural that you can return to normal soon. My advice is that risk is not worth the reward (at least in my case) If you can do accupuncture or anything else I think I will try that at some point. I'm also happy to hear your hubby is trying alternetive methods to try to relieve his pain. I wonder with men though...their hormones are so different than women, i wonder if he would be fine? Just a thought b/c all my symptoms seem to be related to hormones being effected. I would love to hear if the Dr can come up with any other solutions for him. I welcome that information. Please also keep my posted on your progress as I will keep you posted on mine. Hopefully you and I will have some good news soon. Take care. :)
Certain drugs such as troleandomycin (TAO), erythromycin ( Ery-Tab , EryPed 200), and clarithromycin ( Biaxin ) and ketoconazole ( Nizoral ) can reduce the ability of the liver to metabolize (breakdown) corticosteroids and this may lead to an increase in the levels and side effects of corticosteroids in the body. On the other hand, phenobarbital, ephedrine , phenytoin ( Dilantin ), and rifampin ( Rifadin , Rimactane ) may reduce the blood levels of corticosteroids by increasing the breakdown of corticosteroids by the liver. This may necessitate an increase of corticosteroid dose when they are used in combination with these drugs.