Did the Effect of Medication Change On Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 19, 2011 at 8:14 PM

I've been on medication for a few things over the years, and it seems in the 4 months since I've gone Paleo the effect some of them have on me has changed.

My doctor said years ago I was probably in the 5% of the worst insomniacs he has seen. I never had a full night's sleep without drugs. As a result I have taken Lunesta or Ambien every night for at least a decade. I tried going off them a number of times with awful results - a week of tossing, turning, not sleeping, and showing up to work feeling like crap.

That has all changed recently. For the first time in 10 or 15 years, I sleep like a baby sans drugs. But here's the weird thing: the few times I have taken sleep meds it acts like a STIMULANT on me. It will keep me awake for hours past bedtime, and I wake up the next morning feeling like I've come off a 3-day bender.

So, has the impact medication has on you changed? Are there any meds (other than, say, diabetes and blood pressure meds) that you have stopped taking?

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on April 19, 2011
at 08:19 PM

I've certainly experienced well, to be frank, opiates acting as a stimulant for me. That was over a decade ago when I was younger, angry and doing stupid things. Obviously not a result of a paleo diet, but my diet has never been particularly bad. Can't speak to prescription drugs.

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on April 19, 2011
at 09:00 PM

NSAIDs actually do something to me now. When I was in high school, I had easily the worst diet of anyone I've ever seen. Easily. I had splitting migraines due to what I now believe was absurdly overconsumed amounts of Mountain Dew -- we're talking 6+ cans a day here, all after school, so in a 6 hour or so window. Couple that with a not-so-surprising lack of sleep and you get truly biblical headaches. I would take 6 (!) or so Ibuprofen or Tylenol every day to quell the pain to no avail.

I've taken 3 pills in the past year while eating Paleo, all Ibuprofen. Each of them zapped my headaches away within an hour. I can't think of any reason why this would be the case, but it is what it is, and I'm not complaining.

A lot of your physiology changes when you make such a sea change in your diet. As such, your response to drugs will change as well. Simple, vague explanation, I know, but it's the best I've got.

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