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Of doctors and drugs

 I overheard a woman at the coffee shop talking about an allergic reaction to an eye-antibacterial.

She said, "I don't even know what they put me on, and I didn't know it could have side effects."

Are we so complacent we don't even bother looking up the drug that will be taking residency upon our frickin eyes?

I don't know about you, but whenever I've been prescribed something, I introduce my doctor to the nify Q&A concept. Then, I peruse the almighty intarweb for other factoids. I ask my pharmacist about side effects and contraindications. Then, I determine if there are alternatives. Finally, I'll take the drug, if need be.

Doctors are humans. They have degrees, sure, but that in no way makes them gods of You. To not be a participant in your own health care is ridiculous and dangerous.

So. Take care of yourselves!


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Sep. 10th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. I'm so allergic to medications I never take anything unless I'm convinced it's necessary, and even then, I read over all possible side effects/interactions before anything gets ingested. Call me paranoid, but I'd rather be alive.
Sep. 10th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Not to mention the western tendency to prescribe for symptoms without looking at the patient as a whole.

I remember when I had a severe "eczema" breakout (for lack of a better term). My feet and hands were covered in painful pustules - it was gross and not fun. The doctor immediately prescribed me corticosteroid cream, saying I could just take it forever.

Um. No. Corticosteroids are not good for you, particularly long-term. Besides, I was being treated for symptoms of a stress-related problem. Amazingly (sarcasm), a good diet, exercise and a stress-reduction program eliminated the problem. Now, when I'm about to get another break-out, I can focus my energy on other activities to stop the stress reaction.

It was only because I care too much about Me that I embarked on a program to solve the problem instead of treat the symptom.
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