Google Your Drugs

I am not a Scientologist.  I believe in the benefit of drugs…legal ones, that is.  In fact, my life has been totally enhanced and transformed because of a tiny little pill, which someday I may blog on about.  People all over the world live longer, have less pain, and enjoy life much more with the aid of modern medicine.   But don’t just grab that little slip of paper from your doctor and fill that prescription without doing a little research on your own.

Big Daddy has been prescribed medicines several times that could cause more problems than the original malady.  Luckily, he reads all the info he can find on the medicine before he actually gets the prescription filled.  He goes to the same doctor who is well aware of the health conditions my husband is concerned about; however, he has been prescribed drugs that in all probability would increase his blood pressure, which is something he has been trying to lower and would exacerbate other existing conditions.  Another time hubby asked about something that would help the pain in his knees when he cycles.  And his job is one that requires him to drive all day.  Thankfully, he checked out the drug before he got it because it clearly stated on the website: “DO NOT DRIVE OR OPERATE MACHINERY WHILE TAKING THIS DRUG.”  Twice a doctor tried to push a sleeping aid on me and I’ve NEVER had any trouble falling to sleep.  He handed me the prescription for the drug I need and another one for the sleeping pill.  I asked what each script was for, and decided on my own not to get the sleeping pill.

I don’t know if the problem is with the doctors not having the right information about the drugs or if they don’t take the time to really look into what they’re prescribing.  I’d hate to think they’re just pushing pills for the pharmaceutical companies.  The point is, don’t just assume your doctor knows everything.  Take responsibility for your own health and work WITH your doctor, do your research, and ask questions.  Also, it is best to stick with ONE single pharmacy for all your prescriptions so that they can keep track and let you know if one drug may adversely interact with another that you’re taking.

2 Responses to “Google Your Drugs”

  1. 1 Pastor John August 19, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Back in December, they put me on meds for blood pressure. A side effect of one was fatigue. A side effect of the other was insomnia. When I first started them, I really think there were a couple night where I was battling both of those side effect at the same time. Imagine that! Another side effect of the first is hair growth. Hmpf! That did NOT come into play. Wish it had.(:D

  2. 2 mamaneeds2rant August 19, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    A sleepy insomniac. Sounds torturous!

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