Sunday, April 25, 2010

Check out Tagamet (cimetidine) for CFIDS (worked for me)

Dr. Goldstein's apparently been prescribing the stuff for years.

"The unwillingness of drug companies to promote their own products unless a patent guarantees them a fat profit margin is one reason why many promising therapies are overlooked. A person suffering from a herpes simplex or shingles outbreak can obtain Tagamet (cimetidine) over-the-counter for $38 a month as opposed to over $200 a month for the new anti-viral drugs being promoted to doctors. While there are no side-by-side comparisons, published studies indicate that Tagamet (cimetidine) may be more effective than FDA-approved anti-viral drugs."
Since it was on sale last week, I bought a box.  I've been under the weather since, but giving it the benefit of the doubt, it may be like the guai therapy for fibro, you have to feel worse before you feel better -- the rampant diarrhea may just be the nasties trying to get out of the body the fastest way possible.  The real key will be how I feel next week when the two-week supply runs out when I'm done with the side effects.

1 comment:

M. said...

It can be an effective treatment, but only works for a subset (probably a minority) of people. Besides the antiviral effects it also has cholinergic effects and may block NMDA receptors. I didn't notice any benefits but I did seem to get migraines from it (which is unusual, as I usually get no side effects from any medications).