I'm really surprised how firm a grip the venlafaxine has on me. I cut down from 225mg/day to 75mg/day with virtually no ill effects, but can I quit taking that last 75mg? Not yet, as yesterday proved all too well.
Anybody been here before and has any handy hints on how to go that last mile?
I got a letter from the hospital yesterday and both the IVU and the ultrasound show that my kidneys are in fine fettle, thank goodness. This afternoon I have my cystoscopy :( Again, I'm not expecting it to show anything dramatic, because the amount of blood has always been imperceptible, but it's as well to be sure. Curiously enough, Dad's having another six-monthly post-surgery cystoscopy this week. They have to keep doing them for the next five years just to make sure that the tumour isn't coming back, but all seems well so far.
Speaking of cancer, did anyone see this article in New Scientist last week? In brief summary, tumours respire anaerobically and turn off the cells' mitochondria. Unfortunately, mitochondria also handle apoptosis (programmed cell death), so turning them off is one reason tumour cells stay alive. A long-known, cheap, quite safe molecule (dichloroacetate) seems to turn the mitochondria back on and - poof - the tumour cells apoptose. Only problem is, DCA having been around for ages, there's no money in it for Big Pharma, so getting money for studies isn't going to be easy... *sigh* Maybe Bill Gates could use some of his money for something so promising?