Re: New 3rd generation Beta-blocker (Nebivol) in the FDA approval pipeline
I could not agree with you more!
I learned the hard way about medications and their side effects. I had medications prescribed for me that were contraindicated because of my medical issues. I took meds that interact with one another. I was on three potassium building/sparing meds at a time, horrified constantly that my potassium would reach lethal levels and I'd simply drop dead. I won't even go into how sick I was with the many side effects of my medications.
I had many scary experiences, including conduction irregularieties, both brachycardia & bradycardia, chest pains etc., all drug-related.
This has resulted in something similar to a drug paranoia. Before taking any new drug, I thouroughly research it in my many drug books as well as online. I read a bunch of studies. I compare the results. I learn every bit of information I can about the drug, how it works, and what it can do. I get additional information about adverse reaction - information not known until after the drug has been in public use, as reported by the doctors and their patients. I subscribe to drug alerts (Canadian government website being one of my good sources). It's incredible how MANY drugs get recalled for safety reasons. It sure helps to be informed. To some of us, it could mean a difference between life & death.
P.S. This is in no way meant to discourage others from taking prescription drugs. They are real life savers. One should always get informed about their side-effects prior to the actual use. The fewer the drugs & the lower the dosing, the better.
Last edited by flowergirl2day; 10-09-2007 at 08:27 PM.
Reason: adding P.S.