Do We Take Too Many Pills?

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2009-01-04 07:25:18 -0600
Started 2009-01-03 09:38:34 -0600

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Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-04 05:53:27 -0600 Report

I do take a tremdous amount of pills. The sad part is they is not one pain pill of nerve pill in the bunch. I pray every MD visit to haave some taken off the list only to find the dosages either goes higher or lower but not off the list. My goal is to just take my insulin and transplant meds, which I will have to do the rest of my life, but get off the procrit shots for anemia, choleterol meds, even though my cholesterol has been at normal limits I still on them because they say its because the meds and continue to check to see if they stay at those levels for a while so the can ween me off. I know alot do with the transplant but I want off. I never would discontinue them myself though I want to. Since I got this new chance to life, I will take anything they want me to…Debe

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-04 07:25:18 -0600 Report

I have a sister-in-law who has had a heart transplant, and my brother (her hubby) has had both a kidney & liver transplant. In addition, my brother has multiple other conditions, incl. diabetes. Boy have they had a rough time, and, as you can imagine, the number of meds they too take is unbelievable. I hate taking the ones I take, but, like you, feel I have to do what the doc says to keep on keepin' on. I do, however, still believe the doctors sometimes overdo it with the drugs.

2009-01-03 14:55:23 -0600 Report

With people taking so many prescriptions legitimately, that is why you are now seeing so many commericals on tv and such reminding us to watch out for others in our homes, or who might be visiting, who might decide to take our meds to sell, or use for themselves, just to get money, or to get high. Everyone needs to keep a close eye on their meds!!!!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-03 11:59:21 -0600 Report

When my parents were alive they each had a shoebox full of prescription drugs. I always worried that they were taking too many. As they saw various doctors I was concerned that there would be some conflict - that my parents either would not disclose all their meds to each physician, or that the doctor might overlook some interaction, etc. Also worried as their memories worsened, fearing they might forget they'd had one of the pills and take it again, etc. Then toward the end of my dad's life he was dependent on mom to give him his meds, and I worried that she might not get it right. I do think we're likely to see too many drugs prescribed in some cases, and it's very worrisome.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-03 11:44:27 -0600 Report

Quite honestly, there are days when I feel like chunking them all and turning totally to holistic medicine. Like everyone, I hate taking pills all the time. However, I must say that some of you take a good many more than I do, for which I am thankful. Bottom line is that I feel great and am in good health, therefore I'm afraid to make that drastic change. It is frustrating, tho, isn't it? Not to mention expensive!

2009-01-03 11:35:38 -0600 Report

I, too, have what I think are a good many prescriptions. Thankfully, the new dr. that I switched to a few months ago took me off a couple of mine because she felt they weren't needed because they weren't helping. Also, some of my meds, she lowered my dosages on. I am feeling alot better now, more clear headed, and my blood work and tests are coming back great. I still take more than I wish I had to have though. But, for me, it's the price I feel I need to pay to say in better health.

Bluebutterfly 2009-01-03 11:22:03 -0600 Report

That is the way I feel sometimes, a pill head.I hate taking so many pills.I just don't have a choice to not take them.

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