Category Archives: MEDICATIONS AND PATIENT RESPONSIBILITY

RESEARCH YOUR OWN MEDICATIONS

Unfortunately, all too often Physicians will rely on what a Sales Rep. tells them while pitching whatever Drug they’re trying to sell. My Psychiatrist has a problem with this big time.

I picked up my prescription for Topamax this morning. This is my mood stabilizer. I’ve been on it for years but have been having problems since I went into kidney failure a year ago. When I went to pay for it the pharmacist said “You really need to read the new information about this drug. Some of it relates to you.” I said ok and went home. when I did read the new information I wanted to punch something.

Here is the new info: Recent studies have found that Topamax can cause the following in some patients, we have found it to be about 1 in 500.

  • decrease in vision
  • blockage of fluid in the eye causing increased pressure (Secondary Angle Closure Glaucoma)
  • These issues can lead to permanent loss of vision
  • an increased level of acid in your blood
  • leads to Metabolic Acidosis causing (osteoporosis, osteopenia, and kidney stones)
  • fatigue, no appetited, change in heartbeat, trouble thinking

Your Healthcare Provider should be doing regular blood tests to measure the amount of acid in your blood. Nope. Never.

Topamax can also make you feel irritable, anxious, depressed, restless, agitated, impulsive, and aggressive. Imagine that.

I fit everything on here but the scariest thing is I told him about the Eye Doctor being worried about the pressure behind my eyes and he fluffed it off. I’m really off today. I’m mad because my sister isn’t taking phone calls. Our dad has major surgery in the morning. But why should that interrupt her day at the beach? I know I sound like a bitch. I just wish I say these things out loud. My day was filled with being peed on by Dutch at the Vet’s and my Dad told me to¬†“Eat shit”. I talked too much at the Vet’s office because I haven’t talked to people in a long time then felt embarrassed. I then cried in the car on the way home. Something has to give soon.

 

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