Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Quinine

Other than the general pain in the ass of spending a good portion of a day sitting around reading John le Carre' or listening to Dune (Frank Herbert) I have to admit to feeling just fine. Velcade (bortezomib) messes with cellular level protein "recycling". Being an avid recycler and former bicycler has undoubtedly altered my cellular level wisdom. Therefore intracellular protein buildup caused by Velcade which often leads to a cellular level dehydration manifested as fatigue just ain't happening. (ha ha) Quinine is suggested as a counter measure. Unfortunately tonic water without the gin is pretty nasty stuff (and loaded with high fructose corn syrup or aspartame). The only FDA approved use is for malaria so a script is not an option. Do you know of any other sources?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Quinine is an ingredient in Howling Monkey Energizing Elixir-- similar to Red Bull... not sure that's the direction you'd want to go, but can agree that tonic w/o gin is no fun.

Love to read your posts, my best to you in your fight with MM. Cheering for you from afar and appreciate opportunity to see how others are coping with this.