Medication Roller Coaster

Just Joyce
By Just Joyce Latest Reply 2014-11-19 09:25:39 -0600
Started 2014-11-17 12:40:38 -0600

I have had a very interesting month. With everything that I have been doing, I have had the pleasure of riding the "Medication Roller Coaster" When I went to see my doctor after surgery, he told me I needed medication for high blood pressure so he gave me Lisinopril. I spent a week with terrible headaches followed by being up half the night coughing really bad. One night I could barely breathe from coughing and thought I had to call 911.

I called the doctors office and the nurse called right back. I talked to her and she said to stop taking it and the doctor would call in another medication for me. I waited a few days and called the pharmacy only to learn the medication had not been called in. I called the doctors office and he assured me it had been called in. This went on for two weeks. I learned the prescription had been faxed but the pharmacy had lost the fax.

The medication he gave me was a fluid pill. For three solid days, I spent more time running to the bathroom than I did doing anything else and I started to feel like I was dehydrated. I started drinking more water and started getting headaches.

As though that wasn't enough, I got stung on my eyelid by a mosquito and my eye became infected. I called the doctor and had to go in right away. I got the drops for my eye but for the first few days I had to cover my eye when I went outside. Bright light caused pain and sunglasses didn't really help. The infection has healed and I can now see my eye doctor.

Finally, with a visit two weeks ago the doctor looked at the medications and dosages and made changes and adjustments and all is well in my world.

The one thing in life I have learned is that the doctor and pharmacist are the only ones who can answer questions about medications. I no longer use Rite-Aid even though it is very close to my home. The people working in the pharmacy there do it in a lackadaisical manner. I can't put my health and life on the line with them so I am no longer going to use them.

9 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-11-19 08:04:10 -0600 Report

Hi Joyce,

So sorry to hear about this. This is an excellent example of how patients have to be their own advocates. It's a shame when the system breaks down like this. I have been through the same thing with pharmacies, as well as labs.

When I was taking care of my mom, the nursing service had sent a sample to the lab. I asked for the results. The nursing service didn't have them yet. "I'll fax them again" I was told. I waited another day. "I'll fax them again." This time, I asked for a supervisor. She called the lab and they had lost the sample. Was anybody worried about this except me? Apparently not.

I learned to follow up, not take "later" for answer, and take names.

But I know I am preaching to the choir here.

Thanks for sharing this. I am glad to hear you are feeling better.


lilleyheidi 2014-11-19 03:37:40 -0600 Report

so sorry you've gone through so much Joyce. Glad your starting on the right road now. I've had to change away from Right Aid also, as I found them to be a bit incompetent. I love CVS and my pharmacist. Heidi

jigsaw 2014-11-18 04:06:18 -0600 Report

Hi Joyce ! It's been a while, But I'm still floating around, and I often wonder how you're doing. Glad to hear you're doing better !

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-18 11:24:43 -0600 Report

Hi Jigsaw, I am doing much better. I go for a tongue assessment in a few weeks. Can't wait to see how that ends up. Good hearing from you.

Glucerna 2014-11-17 17:11:13 -0600 Report

It's good to hear that you're doing better after a difficult few weeks, Joyce. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-17 22:41:00 -0600 Report

Lynn you know that wasn't going to stop me. I have problems with allergies. The doctor is now careful with what he gives me.

Type1Lou 2014-11-17 16:33:26 -0600 Report

So sorry to hear what you've been going through but happy to hear that the meds and dosages have been adjusted for you.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-17 22:40:09 -0600 Report

Lou that is why it is always important to call the doctor. It was not a lot of fun but I weathered the storm. I had a lot to work on and the headaches slowed me down some. I am back on track now and the meds seem to be working okay.