After I take the 9:30 pill, I'll cross out the 9:30 and write 12:30. I take these pills at three-hour intervals. My body knows the schedule better than my memory. It will wake me up during the night when another three-hour cycle is up.
Believe it or not, this arrangement is about to become even more complicated. My neurologist wants to see if we can get a smoother, more long-lasting flow of levodopa by mixing in some extended-release carbidopa/levodopa, substituting an extended release for a regular pill every other time. Got that?
5-HTP and its Pill Slicer
This picture shows two carbidopa/levodopa pills and half a 5-HTP pill. After I take them, I reset the counter as it appears in the first photo above, so I'll be ready for another day of pill popping.
The prescription med is nifedipine, a quick-acting drug that lowers blood pressure. I've used it when I've had dangerously high numbers. Soon after taking it, I've seen my systolic (upper) reading drop 30 points or more in 15 minutes.
The salt is certainly my cheapest med. But even cheaper is another remedy that my blood pressure doc thinks may be even better -- quickly drinking two glasses of cold water.