Today I got a large shipment from my mail order pharmacy. The box contained more papers than drugs. I decided to look at them. Of course the papers listed what each drug was and what it is used for…but the WARNINGS and SIDE EFFECTS blew me away. I know that drugs come with warnings. Commercials for any drug rambles and rambles so long on all the warnings and side effects that after a while you just stop listening. These commercials are getting longer and longer I think. The ads in magazines are worse. They are usually two full pages of blah blah blah after the full ad page. Does anybody read that stuff? Even if I am waiting in the dentist’s office and I’m really bored I don’t read those.
So I got a cup of coffee, sat down at the kitchen table and began to read all the horrible stuff listed as side effects and warnings.
These side effects are from only three of my drugs.
- Allergic reaction, including skin rash, swelling of the face, lip or tongue
- Vision changes
- feeling faint
- trouble with balance, speaking, walking
- restlessness, agitation
- unusual activities while asleep like driving, making phone calls, eating
- Fever. sore throat
- frequent urination
- mood swings
- severe stomach ache
- pain in legs, hips, ribs, arms, shoulders, and legs
- wounds that will not heal
- swelling of feet or lower leg
- hypersensitivity reactions
- acute multi-organ failures
- blood dyscrasia
- suicidal behavior
- aseptic meningitis
- sudden unexplained death
- blurred vision
- breast enlargement
- chest pain
- difficulty breathing
- involuntary muscle movements
So, not only do these medications cost me a FORTUNE, but they can fuck you up. (pardon my language)
How is this good for us?? I don’t know. How all these chemicals make me feel better, help me function, help me sleep, help my blood pressure and cholesterol is beyond me. I’ve often wondered how the medication knows where to go and what to do. (Imagine little traffic cops in your veins and brains keeping everyone going the right direction)
Now, let’s talk about the cost of the killer medications. But not tonight. I have to go take my nighttime meds. I will try not to call anyone during the night…I’ve done that…ask my sister…really.