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 Post subject: Kalms
PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:39 pm 
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I have been having a lot of stress problems lately since moving into my new home. I was thinking of having kalms to try and calm the stress down (no pun intended). Has anyone had any problems with kalms before? I take Keppra and Lemotragine.


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 Post subject: Re: Kalms
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:32 am 
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I asked the doctor and the pharmacist about those once and apparently, all they are is antihystomines that make you drowsy. He said they shouldn't hurt me as I've taken Chlorphenamine for itching, but it didn't work and didn't make me drowsy either. So Kalms probably wouldn't harm you (I don't think you're supposed to take them if you're on bp meds though) but can't say they'd work either.
Best thing is to have a word with you pharmacist or GP.


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 Post subject: Re: Kalms
PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:00 pm 
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I took them for a while but they are a short term fix which worked for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Kalms
PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:29 pm 
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Hi. I am taking lemotrigine too and am only a few days into taking them but am suffering really badly with anxiety :(. I spoke to a pharmacist that said I could take Kalms so I am going to try it. I really need some sleep!


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 Post subject: Re: Kalms
PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:00 pm 
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When my son was doing A levels he asked his doctor about Kalms and was told NOT to take them with lomotrigine or epilim. They can reduce the effacy of the AED!


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 Post subject: Re: Kalms
PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:10 am 
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casbar wrote:
When my son was doing A levels he asked his doctor about Kalms and was told NOT to take them with lomotrigine or epilim. They can reduce the effacy of the AED!


They are valerian and hops http://www.evidence.nhs.uk/search?q=valerian%20hops&ps=30&s=Date mainly, which are both mild sedatives (not antihistamines).


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 Post subject: Re: Kalms
PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 3:59 pm 
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Well, I take antihistomines and AEDs (I itch sometimes if my liver starts playing up so that's what they're for but don't need them every day) and the one's never seemed to have made any difference to the other. The Gp prescribed them and he knew what AEDs I was on.

Mind you, they don't help that much with the itching, luckily I rarely get it now cos since a change in one AED my liver function is normal most of the time. The antihistomines don't make me sleepy though, they're Chlorphemanine (Perritron).


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 Post subject: Re: Kalms
PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:04 pm 
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I was told not to take them for same reason, take care luv Juliexx


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 Post subject: Re: Kalms
PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:49 am 
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Kalms knock me out cold for about 24 hours even on half the dosage. Never slept so much in my life. My pharmacist said I must just be very sensitive to Valerian which some people are. I didn't know about my epilepsy back then but had more jerks due to being so sleepy.

I also just found out that some antihistamines,ie Cetirizine can interact with Keppra. An alternative would be Loratadine - both are over the counter antihistamines.

Hope that helps and good luck.
Hayzzz.


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 Post subject: Re: Kalms
PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:36 pm 
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My GP asked me if the antihistamines made me tired, I was taking 3 a day 4mg Chlorphemanine so perhaps that's not a very high dose, I don't really know but they didn't make me sleepy. Not needed any for a while though, I don't think I've taken any for about a year.


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