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Old 06-03-2019, 08:04 PM
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Two somewhat related questions:

One is, over the past couple years I was prescribed some medication from my GP.

Unless I asked, side effects are not really discussed. For more than one such medication, after picking them up from the pharmacy and researching them, I found the side effects to be quite concerning, to the point that I wouldn't take the meds.

Another is, during an annual health check, I mentioned a few things that were occurring to me or changes to existing things from previous visits (I visit her 2-3 times a year and I think it was three or four things). The response from the doctor was something to the effect of "That's a lot of things", and it made me feel like I had somehow exceed some kind limit, whereas my thinking is it is my responsibility to inform my doctor to the best of my ability.

Are these common practices here?

Having lived overseas for many years where healthcare is quite different from here, now that I'm back in the US I find some common practices odd, and don't know if it's my current doctor, that clinic's, or if this is just how it is here. So that why these and future questions might appear somewhat naive. Am new to this sub-forum.
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Old 06-03-2019, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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I have not had "good luck" with getting diagnosed or treated for any of my complex problems via GP. Each and every time the GP seemed not to really be interested in helping me solve any of my problems......and my experience, from what I have read, is not too uncommon for lots of people in the USA.

I do my best now to carefully figure-out exactly which specialist to see for my particular problem, and avoid GPs as much as I can..........works for me.
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Old 06-04-2019, 09:48 AM
 
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Possibly she was thinking of how much time they had blocked out for you. Next time, when you make the appt or calla few days ahead to tell them you have a few new concerns to discuss. That way they won't be blind-sided. As for side-effects, no one ever tells me what those are. Afraid of giving me ideas, I guess. I take whatever they prescribe until I have problems then I call them.
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Old 06-04-2019, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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All medications come with a print-out listing side effects - read it - you can also do research on the medication before having it filled.
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Old 06-04-2019, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Wine Country
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I have learned the hard way to always ask the doctor about side effects before they prescribe the mediation. I have asked for alternatives because the side effects are too severe.
Whenever you tell a doctor about a specific complaint it is their job to address is. You probably overwhelmed the doctor with your many issues. As another poster said, let the office know you have a lot of questions before your appointment. or as the symptoms come up make specific appointments for them instead of all at once. Doctors pack their schedules and allot so much time per patient. When they go over that time then the next appointment has to wait for the doctor.
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Old 06-04-2019, 11:50 AM
 
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All medications have possible side effects, most of them are "possible" side effects, and a small percentage of people actually get those various side effects to boot. Doctors aren't going to stand there and list them all while you're in the office.

When you make your appointments, tell them what your concerns are so they can book enough time for you and the doctor to cover them all. They book a certain amount of time for a followup for a known problem, but more time for a physical exam, for instance.
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I am at the point in my healthcare now where most of my problems are the side effects of my meds.

I agree that in general, you should be able to take a med without ever facing the side effects.

But there are specific meds, where it is not working if you do not see the side effects.

One med I am on stops my body from producing testosterone. The side effects are a long list. I am active in a support group, I think everyone in this support group gets most if not all of the side effects.
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Old 06-04-2019, 02:45 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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So far IME with GPs, if a med is being considered, first we discuss possible drug interactions with any other supplement or medication I might already be taking. Then, when a decision about a medication is made, they explain the a) most common side effects and b) most serious side effect that may need medical intervention. They don't necessarily drone on and on about every single possible side effect. That's all printed in the medication info pamphlet and most patients don't experience them. If, when I have read through all the prescription information I find I have a concern, I call the prescribing MD or the pharmacy for clarification.
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Old 06-04-2019, 02:49 PM
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All medications have possible side effects, most of them are "possible" side effects, and a small percentage of people actually get those various side effects to boot. Doctors aren't going to stand there and list them all while you're in the office.

When you make your appointments, tell them what your concerns are so they can book enough time for you and the doctor to cover them all. They book a certain amount of time for a followup for a known problem, but more time for a physical exam, for instance.
Agree with your second paragraph which was the constructive part of your reply, for the first of your first, yes everyone knows that but for some reason you felt you had to say it anyway, for the second of your first we can agree to disagree to about the percentage and what that means for anyone whether air travel or medication, and for the last, maybe you don't get it but doctors are there to take care of us, and why we put our trust in them. Why your unfortunate choice of providing a troll answer only you know. Your tone is out of line and the majority of your post was not constructive. Happy for you to not reply back.
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Old 06-04-2019, 02:59 PM
 
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Two somewhat related questions:

One is, over the past couple years I was prescribed some medication from my GP.

Unless I asked, side effects are not really discussed. For more than one such medication, after picking them up from the pharmacy and researching them, I found the side effects to be quite concerning, to the point that I wouldn't take the meds.

Another is, during an annual health check, I mentioned a few things that were occurring to me or changes to existing things from previous visits (I visit her 2-3 times a year and I think it was three or four things). The response from the doctor was something to the effect of "That's a lot of things", and it made me feel like I had somehow exceed some kind limit, whereas my thinking is it is my responsibility to inform my doctor to the best of my ability.

Are these common practices here?

Having lived overseas for many years where healthcare is quite different from here, now that I'm back in the US I find some common practices odd, and don't know if it's my current doctor, that clinic's, or if this is just how it is here. So that why these and future questions might appear somewhat naive. Am new to this sub-forum.

Well, I think it is common practice for FP/GP to issue prescriptions without discussing side effects, though the pharmacist we use is pretty good about it.


My wife is under Medicare. When she sees her FP/GP, it is one issue at a time. If you want to discuss a second issue, make a second appointment.


When I see my FP/GP, I am like you, I tell them everything. And I watch him if he is making notes.


Once in a while, I have to use urgent care. Geez, some are good and some only care about what they can soak you with costwise. You really have to watch them and think about if what they are suggesting makes sense.
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