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Old 10-06-2015, 03:02 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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The weather in Los Angeles has never been as humid as it has been during the summer of 2015, at least not in the 53 years I've lived here. Normally it doesn't rain at all in the summer, but we've had numerous rains. And the hot weather is lasting longer - it is supposed to be 96 this weekend. Totally bizarre. Just paid an electric bill of $42, more than twice the normal bill for a month. I have NEVER run the air conditioning this much, EVER.
Careful now. You're going to discourage all those Texans from joining you.

 
Old 10-07-2015, 01:27 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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OMG
I have been reading the reviews of the meds I am on for allergies/chronic sinusitis at
askapatient d0t c0m
And I am totally freaked out.
Doc scripted Flonase and Astelin and Zyrtec
I have had anxiety/panic/rapid heartbeat/depression for MONTHS
Folks, if you are taking meds and are not feeling like yourself PLEASE read the reviews of your meds, it could be a lifesaver.
Thank you ____________(insert deity of choice here) for letting me find out I am not crazy/dying/addicted.
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Old 10-07-2015, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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OMG
I have been reading the reviews of the meds I am on for allergies/chronic sinusitis at
askapatient d0t c0m
And I am totally freaked out.
Doc scripted Flonase and Astelin and Zyrtec

I have had anxiety/panic/rapid heartbeat/depression for MONTHS
Folks, if you are taking meds and are not feeling like yourself PLEASE read the reviews of your meds, it could be a lifesaver.
Thank you ____________(insert deity of choice here) for letting me find out I am not crazy/dying/addicted.
:heart:
You should admonish your doctor next time you see him.
He is supposed to advise you of side effects when he gives you the prescription.
 
Old 10-07-2015, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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You should admonish your doctor next time you see him.
He is supposed to advise you of side effects when he gives you the prescription.
I don't recall any doctor I have had advise me about side effects. I wonder if they leave it up to the pharmacist who fills the script or maybe up to us to read the paperwork.

Anyway you look at it, that's pretty scary. I have had the miserable occasion of being given a pain pill that gives me hallucinations even AFTER advising them of the side effect. We really have to stand up for ourselves.
 
Old 10-07-2015, 02:12 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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OMG, no sheet, guys, I didn't even lnow that Flonase was a freaking steroid. My boobs are going to fall off! They never tell you about the side effects, just the 'I know more than you do and this will work' attitude. NYgal, you are so right, they NEVER tell you.

And I come down on DH for not trusting docs.

Holy cow I am not throwing them out but I am def stopping taking them right now.

My allergy doc sucks, he's not in network, thankfully they resubmitted the claim so it got paid. 465 bucks is not a welcome addition to my bills.

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Old 10-07-2015, 02:14 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I wouldn't put too much stock in that web site. I don't think anyone on there is making up stories, but each report is just one person's report. And chances are that person isn't educated in how to make such a report - for example, the difference between correlation and causality, cause vs. effect, what other circumstances might be affecting the report, etc.

The scientifically studied possible side effects are listed on the flyers that come with your prescriptions. Yes, they're in tiny print and difficult to read. But as a technical person, I'd trust those way further than I'd trust individual reports.

AFAIK, it's the pharmacist rather than the doctor who is supposed to advise of side effects. If your pharmacist isn't offering a consult when you start a new prescription, you should admonish your pharmacist.
 
Old 10-07-2015, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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AFAIK, it's the pharmacist rather than the doctor who is supposed to advise of side effects. If your pharmacist isn't offering a consult when you start a new prescription, you should admonish your pharmacist.
this^


and please do NOT just stop taking a medication. Ask the pharmacist. Some meds need to be tapered off or you could land yourself in serious doodoo.
 
Old 10-07-2015, 02:44 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Guys, I appreciate the advice but the anxiety is becoming PERVASIVE. I can always go back on. They're only nose sprays, it's not like I'm taking something serious.

I NEVER had a pharmacist sdvise against side effects. NEVER. Sheet, they all look to young to vote these days.

The thing that really bugs me is my GP insisted that these sprays don't get into the bloodstream.

Then how the heck did these side effects happen.

Anxiety, heart palps, physically shaking (Lord, I could barely get the food to my mouth on the fork most days). WTH???????
 
Old 10-07-2015, 04:29 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I ran out of Flonase once and stopped quickly (until I could get a refill). I definitely had withdrawal effects. I had a day or two of "cotton brain", but luckily I didn't need to drive anywhere. So be careful for a few days if you go cold turkey off Flonase. I'm not familiar with the others you mentioned. You may or may not experience the same thing.
 
Old 10-07-2015, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Not to change the subject, but a mystery is going on at our house here. Question for animal owners:

We have two dogs. The older one is a gentle and beautiful Japanese breed, rather rare in this country. She's a gem and we love her dearly. However, she seems to have anxiety that I can only trace to when she was a puppy and flew here from Michigan in the adoption process. The long cargo ride could have made her really jumpy even to this day.

Anyway, she's an elegant dog and doesn't bark...her weird habit is that she regularly makes a tear in every fleece cover or sheet we put over her bed. The tear is a PERFECT "L," the first letter of her name. No kidding. I mean a perfect L, with a clean angle at the corner of the vertical and horizontal meeting point. Always the same size, about 4" high. It reminds me of a "Z" for Zorro. It freaks me out, making me wonder first how on earth she does it (with teeth or claws) and second WHY. This dog, other than being dear, has no other talents to speak of.

I know full well this is not a retirement question (maybe it is? since it's only after being home so much that it's bothering me). I'll also post in the dog forum. In the meantime, any of you animal owners aware of this kind of consistent thing in a dog?
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