I’ve been on the new Zelepar medicine for several days now, and my digestive system is behaving just fine. I don’t seem to be getting quite as much help with my gait as I did with the Requip or Sinemet, however, but I’m still on the samples. When I go back to the Neurologist next Friday, it may be that he will order a prescription for a higher dose or more doses, which might make the difference. Anyway, even if the dose stays where it is now, it seems like a reasonable trade off between stomach problems and balance and walking problems. I’d love to walk better, but I can live with it the way it is now, if I have to. It’s nice not to spend part of every day miserable, with a hot pad on my tummy!
I said at first the Zelepar didn’t taste bitter, however, I’d better amend that evaluation. Yes, it is bitter, but not enough to bother me, anyway. (The trick is to be sure you place it under, not on, the tongue.) It dissolves under my tongue so quickly that it’s just a few seconds, and I can swallow it. You’re not allowed to drink or eat anything for at least 5 minutes before or after taking it, but my saliva quickly washes the taste away.
We’re still staying with my Daddy, which means I spend most of my days and every night in a hot house. We tried to find a compromise temperature for the thermostat, but at 101, he gets too cold, while we’re still sweltering. I have noticed that I’m having more trouble with the heat this week, since I’ve been on the Zelepar, than I was before I started taking it. I’m getting what feels exactly like hot flashes several times a day, and I’ve been past that stage for some time now. I have read that Parkinson’s can mess with the body’s regulation of internal temperature, so I guess that’s what’s happening to me right now. Or is it because of the Zelepar? I really don’t know.
I was on Requip before starting the Zelepar. Requip is a dopamine agonist, but Zelepar is an MAO-inhibitor, so they don’t attack the PD symptoms the same way. There’s big news in the Birmingham News today that a doctor at UAB is close to getting FDA approval for a patch version of a dopamine agonist. That will be good news for me, as the Requip did a better job of improving my balance and walking than it looks like the MAO-inhibitors are going to. I’m all for any PD med that I don’t have to swallow!! So this is something else for me to be hopeful about.
It’s great to see that there is good news on the horizon for the large number of people who really suffer with this disease. My own symptoms and discomfort level are so mild compared to people who have had Parkinson’s for years. I pray that all this new research may bring them relief in the near future, instead of years from now.