Thursday, April 4, 2013

Drugs and Dancing (A to Z)

Lesson learned: Check all your medication interactions before popping the pills, don't blindly trust your doctors.

I started with the lesson learned incase anyone doesn't read my whole post, peeps need to know!

So I've been sick, one thing after another, for a month.  I went through two rounds of antibiotics, several different types of breathing treatments, several different types of cough meds, a steroid shot, and a 9 day steroid course. My doctor has all my daily meds (I affectionately call them my "crazy" meds) listed in my file, on the computer, and confirmed every time I visit the office. So my assumption was that I was safe to take whatever was prescribed to me.

The pharmacist always asks if I have any questions. "No" I reply absently 99% of the time.

Never again will I put a pill, puff, or shot in my body without researching it myself. I was so lucky to have a therapy appointment last week. I couldn't see what was happening. I was too caught in my own whirlwind to realize that something was WRONG!

Thank God for Vera! She knew something was not right. (Longer story edited out) she insisted I go see my psych Dr. (crazy meds).

Turns out, two of the medications I was on while I was sick are known to have negative interaction (not sure that's the right word) with my daily meds.

I've had to change my meds to get back to "normal".

I did a lot of research and now have a list of medicines I should never take. I will also ask lots of questions of the doctors and pharmacists AND still look everything up on the internet.

Everyone makes mistakes, I just try not to repeat them :)

No segue... here are some mad dancing skills, don't be jealous!


  1. Oh man... That sounds like a nasty experience. You're right--we tend to trust our doctors pretty blindly. I've never checked for counterindications in the meds I take (though, admittedly, they've been precious few so far) and, without having read your post, I probably never would have. You might have saved a life here :)

    Stopping by from A-Z!

  2. Yikes! I'm glad it was caught. It's scary how willing we are to take and do whatever the doctor prescibes - I'm guilty of it too. For a long while I was on blood thinners and learned early on in my treatment to always ask my pharmacist. Them seem to be more aware than the doctors sometimes.

  3. Wow-lucky that was caught! We really do have to be our own health advocates nowadays. I'm glad you got it sorted.

    Visiting from the A-Z today. Have a nice weekend!

  4. It's something we take for granted isn't it - that we'll be okay 'cause we were okay prior to taking that new pill!

    Glad you got to the doc in time!

  5. I see you've mastered the "Elaine" dance from Seinfeld ...

    Popped by from the AtoZ Challenge.

  6. Hi, I am a new follower from the challenge. It sounds like you and my hubbie have been sick with the same infection (he's had all the steroids, shots, inhalers, etc) unfortunately, he ended up in the hospital for IV fluids, steroids and antibiotics. He is finally doing better. This is a scary story and it shows just how easily a mistake can happen. My doc once prescribed an antibiotic and luckily the pharmacist caught the error and pointed out that mixing it with the anti nausea pill I was taking could lead to cardiac arrest.

    Best of luck to you.

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  8. Mixing meds scare me! love the dancing :)

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