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constanlydizzy

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Serc tablets
« on: Sep 13 2007, 10:10 AM »
Hi there
Have just tried to take serc tablets again but find that they make me feel very nauseous and my usually good appetite just disappears. I also feel very anxious and unable to sleep. Does anyone else feel the same whilst taking them. They don't appear to be doing anything for my MD either.
Julie

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Re: Serc tablets
« Reply #1 on: Sep 13 2007, 12:16 PM »
hi,i have been on serc for a long time,i  now take 24 mgs three times a day,the only problem i have had is indigestion if i take them on an empty stomach.have you spoken to your dr or your chemist  about it?
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 14 2007, 09:05 AM »
Thanks for your reply.
I've tried serc in the past on a few occasions and always feel the same.I've just stopped taking them again and am now starting to feel better,
.Do you feel that serc actually helps you and if so in what way.
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Julie

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Re: Serc tablets
« Reply #3 on: Sep 14 2007, 04:57 PM »
Hi - I am not convinced about serc but do take it religilously just in case. It doesnt make me feel any worse (though I cant actually tell!) and I know its more long term and preventative rather than instant relief but I cant say I have noticed any particular improvement.

I did stop taking it for a short while when I was "cured" for 3 weeks but started again once it all came back - of course this may well be a coincidence.

Are there any alternatives to serc?

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« Reply #4 on: Sep 14 2007, 06:37 PM »
I've been on it twice and I'm convinced it makes me feel dizzier. 

So at the moment I don't take anything on a regular basis, other than Buccastem when an attack hits (so it gets into my system fast) together with 2 stugeron (which take about an hour to get going).  So far it has seemed to work.

Yesterday I was bad at work and was contemplating getting a taxi to take me home, but took the above put head on desk and waited it out.  I managed to come around a bit and got to nearly the end of the day sufficient enough to drive home.

But when I got home it hit me again so I went to bed and only surfaced for about an hour.  But that's how it seems to go.

Can't do anything about it, just accept how I am and that I think is the key. 


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« Reply #5 on: Nov 18 2007, 12:04 AM »
My ENT specialist has put me on Serc. I don't notice any bad side effects really but I find I don't snack as much as I perhaps normally would. I feel less hungry. I also find that I wake up slightly headachy in the morning but this is okay once I'm upright. It seems to have a mild diuretic effect.  If however I get brave enough to have a glass of wine or get reckless and have two, I experience an awful hangover like feeling. I'm not totally convinced about Serc either but my waistline isn't complaining and I don't the vertigo as badly. It's not a magic pill but I do think it is better than nothing. It doesn't have any influence on the aural fullness when the barometric pressure drops during rain. Meniere's is not a fun thing to have is it? I'm glad I've found this site with others who understand. I don't know anyone personally who has this.

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« Reply #6 on: Dec 06 2007, 11:55 AM »
I've just tried taking Serc again.  About half an hour after taking a 16mg tablet I became very dizzy and ended up on my kitchen floor.  I haven't been feeling too good for a while, hence starting Serc again.  I convinced myself the Serc couldn't have caused this and later on took another 16 mg tablet.  What a night!  I felt anxious, sweaty, indigestion and stomach pains - spacey and dizzy.  Got up this morning feeling like I had a massive hangover. Been off balance and dizzy all day. 

Scared to take anymore Serc just in case they have caused this reaction!


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Re: Serc tablets
« Reply #7 on: Dec 06 2007, 12:47 PM »
Hi Christine ,
Sorry you're finding it hard to take the serc .Could it be just a bad day that will settle if you persevere with them .The only reaction I've had was headaches and gut rot but I'm ok on the lower dose and increasing my lunchtime dose has really helped
Elaine xx

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« Reply #8 on: Dec 06 2007, 04:13 PM »
I amasthmatic and can't take serc so i can't help  :( But i hope you feel better soon Chris, if it makes you feel any better, i have been in bed today i am so spinny  ::)

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« Reply #9 on: Dec 06 2007, 07:46 PM »
I think the dose might be too much for me - I might try 8mg tds instead of 16. I was just so surprised by my reaction.  I don't remember feeling anything when I took them before but that was at the lower dose and about 10 years ago!

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« Reply #10 on: Dec 07 2007, 04:24 AM »
When you all stop taking Serc, what do you take as well or in its place? Serc's the only thing I know of.

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Re: Serc tablets
« Reply #11 on: Dec 07 2007, 05:55 AM »
hi teversal,i take serc 24mgs three times a day,and i also take stemetil when i need it as well
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« Reply #12 on: Dec 07 2007, 05:57 AM »
 hi all,as we are talking about serc tablets,i wondered what happened with the trial they were doing earlier in the year about serc and weight loss?
               jan
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« Reply #13 on: Dec 07 2007, 08:57 AM »
I don't take anything at all.  Just live with the symptoms until they get so disruptive I can't stand it, & then I clutch at straws and try things again.  I am v. sensitive to side effects of tablets - stemetil is the worst so I don't take that either.  Still contemplating whether to take the lower dose of Serc - there's much debate about whether it actually works any better than a placebo anyway.

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Re: Serc tablets
« Reply #14 on: Dec 07 2007, 09:20 AM »
hi,i think that serc works for a lot of people.i  soon know if i have missed a dose. by a few hrs.
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« Reply #15 on: Dec 07 2007, 01:53 PM »
I take 32mg of serc 3 times a day, and have been on this dose for about 2 years. I suffer from more headaches than i used to but not sure if thats the serc or due to meniere's. I notice a difference if i miss a dose or take them late, i feel extremely light headed (more so than normal). Sally i too am asthmatic and haven't noticed an increase in my asthma since taking serc.
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« Reply #16 on: Dec 07 2007, 04:24 PM »
Hi Christina,
When I was first given serc 16mg. I couldn't take it. It affected my stomach and that affected my balance, it was a viscious circle. Years later I was asked to try them again but I was given the 8mg tablets. I still had to take 16mg but as 2x8mg. These did not affect me in the same way. I looked at the ingredients and part of the 'carrier' was different. This was what I think gave the side affects. Had a devil of a job stopping my GP writting scripts for the 16mg tablets though. He thought I was bats I am sure but eventually came round and I took 2x8mg 3 times a day for a long time.

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« Reply #17 on: Dec 07 2007, 06:08 PM »
Unfortunately,they did make my asthma a lot worse, so i had to discontinue them,so are not an option now  :(

Sally x

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Re: Serc tablets
« Reply #18 on: Dec 08 2007, 09:20 AM »
I have been taking serc for nearly 3 years and now take 48mg daily.
i initially suffered with nausea and on couple of occasions vomitting.
my Gp started me on buccastem buccal (attach to gum and dissolves slowly in mouth over few hours) and initially these were really good but like everything else lost effectiveness, Gp then tried me on prochlorperazine(stemetil) 5mg three times a day and so far so good.
i used to suffer with indigestion but my partner suggested taking the tablets with milk rather than water and since then no indigestion, could be coincidence but i am carrying on with the milk
hope this helps

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Re: Serc tablets
« Reply #19 on: Dec 08 2007, 03:24 PM »
hi,
    i  always make sure i  have something to eat when i take my serc.otherwise i get indigestion too.
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« Reply #20 on: Dec 11 2007, 05:00 AM »
Thanks to you all. Because I don't get side effects I was starting to wonder if I was only willing Serc to help. I got brave and stopped taking it believing that some of my MD symptoms were not mind over matter exactly, but not as bad as I think they are. I was wondering if I'm being a bit of a baby. I'm not a traditional hypochondriac in any sense of the word but I did wonder if I'm being too protective with my health now I'm over 50. Anyway off I came. By half way through day 3, I was a mess. I was wobby, had to hang onto things. Couldn't move my eyes or head quickly and I felt like I was wanting to fall forward alot of the time. Conceding defeat I went back on them and feel much better. Perhaps I do need them after all.

Hey what's this weight loss / serc study you're talking of?  I could be doing with some of that  :P

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« Reply #21 on: Dec 11 2007, 08:40 AM »
There is some research going on as to whether Serc could be used as a slimming pill.  There have been some trials where people have lost weight on them but it's ongoing and not being used in the general population as yet.

Chris
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Re: Serc tablets
« Reply #22 on: Dec 23 2007, 07:39 PM »
Hi, I too take 32mg serc 3 times per day and have done so for the past 4 years!  Regarding the headaches, I've always suffered but haven't noticed a worsening during my high dose of serc.  I have noticed however that over the 4 years of taking the serc, I've become really inflexible - something that I never had a problem with before taking this higher dose of histamine!  Are you, or anybody else out there, able to comment on this??  I'd be very grateful to hear from you all :) 
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« Reply #23 on: Dec 23 2007, 09:08 PM »
Hi,
Not sure exactly what you mean by inflexible ??? but many with MD find that they can only concentrate on one thing at a time. No longer can they multi task as the brain connections seem to be missing. Many find they say the wrong word,when meaning to say something else or the words come out in the wrong order.
Don't know if that helps.
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« Reply #24 on: Dec 29 2007, 07:15 AM »
Re Barbara's last post, this seems like the best excuses in the world when I just thought I am succumbing to middle aged dottiness (which I hear is also normal). :D
I must admit though, there are times when I go to say something then stop and my family are forever saying "spit it out Mum".