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Change of Pace – Tuesday

I think we need a little change of pace here today….

I don’t know about you but I am overwhelmed by the sheer number of Big Pharma commercials that seem to be everywhere today.

In addition to the new words that are now a part of our vocabulary, ‘Low T’, ‘V wash’ and so many more, we are provided with 15-30 seconds of side effects too.

If you happen to take medication either every day or occasionally, you may have noticed that the print outs from the pharmacy are tri-fold.  I mean the amount of ‘possible side effects’ for any medication is really unbelievable.

So when trying to address symptoms of a specific issue, we are often inadvertently opening ourselves up to a plethora of new issues.

Seriously, as they advertise this pill which specifically addresses a medical condition with happy, healthy people living active sex filled lives, that voice starts the insane litany of what could happen.

You may experience unexplained bleeding

Every other organ in your body may shut down

You should never drive, operate machinery, or even try to function.

You may be light headed, you may not sleep, you may get sick

You may see unexplained hair growth, you may have serious skin discoloration

Any of these things may NOT be reversible

Do not stop taking ‘_______’ without first telling your doctor

There was a bit of talk a few weeks ago about clinical trials.  They said that women may be taking higher doses of medications than they should because although finally women are being included in trials, the data is not separated, it is all lumped together with men.  The data is skewed, but it still is not ‘cost effective’ to take the extra step of analyzing the data separately.

For years & years, when I didn’t feel well, I went to the doctor.  After the exam, there may have been prescriptions to be filled to fix me.  It was on blind faith that I would without question, run to the pharmacy to fill the script.

These days, I respect my doctors but am more comfortable with a less ‘God like’ view of them.  They are doing the best they can but I am the ultimate decision maker with my health & body.  It should be a collaboration.

I have started really looking at my lifestyle and doing my best to eat cleaner, exercise etc.  I am not saying that I will not or do not take medicine but I no longer just take the paper like I used to without asking questions.

You really should start asking ‘Is there anything I can do that may help address this without medication?’  The answer may be no.  You may be dealing with a diagnosis that has to be treated with medication, I would never say not to listen to your doctors but you should also actually ask them what the side effects are.  Make sure your doctor knows the side effects not only the pharmacy.  It is ok to ask if there is another medicine that might have less side effects or that if you eat less of this or drink less of that, it may help your body deal with what you are facing.

I don’t want to fix one thing & break four others.

 

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4 thoughts on “Change of Pace – Tuesday

  1. I work in clinical trials and I know in some cases they have to get a specific number of men and women for Phase 1 trials (where they get all the initial safety data) beyond that I have a hard time believing that for want of an extra graph or two they wouldn’t separate out men’s and women’s data, especially since it’s all already there for them, but I don’t work in that section. Sadly, those trifold warnings are there for a reason, to keep patients informed and to cover the pharma companies’ asses. Remember all the law suits not too long ago about Viagra and Celebrex amongst others? That’s why they have to tell you Claritin could potentially cause death. So can Ibuprofen.
    But yes, you should always talk to your doctor about options and there’s not ever anything wrong with asking if there’s something at a lower dosage you can take. For most “commonly” medicated conditions there are usually lots of options. There’s also very little difference in brands vs generics. It’s just the “fillers” that are different, but those can have their own effects. Again, talk to your doctor.

    1. I think it is a shift in our collective thinking. Doctors just like parents are just ‘people’. Obviously they have a lot more training and truly want to help, but I think it’s dangerous to not be involved 🙂
      Thanks for the insight, appreciate it.

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