What your Doctor doesn't want you to know about your medication.

@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
United States
March 28, 2008 1:52am CST
Ever wonder what is in your prescribed medication? Well, it may be sugar! A new study recently revealed that 45% of doctors have prescribed placebos instead of the real medication! Does that mean they think people are faking their illness? And what about the cost? Why should we pay all that money for a little sugar placebo instead of the real thing? It's no big deal to them they always get their cut of things, So if your medication isn't working might be wise to say "Hey Doc you switch the real medication for sugar placebos? I wonder if they would truly tell? I know I have heard that some think it is all in the mind that you'll get better by thinking t hat the pill is helping. In the study it also stated that 33% of the cases that were prescribed the placebos worked. Maybe in sime cases that may be true. But in others, I just don't want my doctor cheating me. Medication cost are high enough as it is why should they charge so much for placebos? If you found out that your doctor swithced your medication would you go back to the doctor? Change? Or just be more cautious about your medication your taking and wondering is this the real thing or just a dummy pill.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
28 Mar 08
trust me, if you need real medication you get it, I am a trained counselor I am very aware of a placebo, it is for people that are called hypocondriacs, I am sure you must have met one in your life time, they have imaginary illnesses, so to treat an imaginary illness you have an imaginary pill. I had a friend who was a young woman of 27 you couldn't tell her anything or she would have it the next day, if you said I have a sore neck sure enough the next day she had it, if you said, I am having a bad period sure enough she got one, if you said you had bad headaches sure enough she would get them if you said you were pregnant she enough she would be and then all of a sudden have a miscarriage, this woman had 4 miscarriages in a year, that is the type of person who gets a sugar pill
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@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
28 Mar 08
Yes, I know a few, and I can understand the need to give placebos to some. But 45% is a high percentage so the doctors must think that almost half their patients are fakers. And why should the cost of placebos be the same price as the real medications? If this woman was a little older I'd swear I knew her to because I know someone exactly like that. Thanks for the response winterose I appreciate it and your information.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
28 Mar 08
yes you are absolutely right 45 percent is a lot and a reason for alarm
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@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
29 Mar 08
I wonder if alot of kids are getting them since sometimes parents like to try to force a dotors hand in prescribing pills for ADD/ADHD and other similar things When their child may or may not rreally have it or have it bad enough for pills but parents are unwilling to try to change their diets to see if that would help them. Maybe. Thanks for the postback.
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@Daffodil20 (1754)
• India
28 Mar 08
first of all a very nice display pic you've got mtdewgurl74!..loved it!..and yeah actually one of my neighbour keeps going to the doctor almost every alternate day. she no doubt, fakes her illness and so most of the times the doctor just gives her a paracetamol..lol!... but if this study u r talking about is true, then its really sad. we can understand that due to increased stress levels the doctors are all irritated by their pateints, but then the work of a doctor is very critical and they ought not do such a thing. giving placebos instead of the apt medicine is a stupid thing to do , in case of sincere and honest patents. nice that you came out with this discussion, for all those reading it will at least know about these statistics and be careful about the medicines precribed to them by the doctors next time onwards.
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
28 Mar 08
She reminds me a bit of myself that is why I chose her as a avatar.. 45% is a high percentage for a Doctor to dish out placebos. It is sad that we have to wonder if it is a placebos or not. Some people have to pay full price for their medication and I don't think it is fair that they have to pay such a high price for a dummy pill. I don't know if the Women's World magazine would print it if it was false or not but it is still disturbing. This will definitely have people more aware of what their taking and maybe ask the pharmacy about their medication. Is a pharmacist allowed to disclose if the medication is a placebo or the real thing? Lets all hope so.
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• India
29 Mar 08
i resemble fiona too!lol.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
30 Mar 08
Cool!
@wildcat48 (782)
• United States
1 Mar 09
I for one dont like doctors most of them is only out for the money they dont care know moe. i like the old ways like the indain did.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
1 Mar 09
The Chinese and the Indians have alot of different natural cures that work as well as the capsules and pills that the doctor prescribes but it does need to be done under a doctors care of alternative medication.Thanks for the response.
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
28 May 08
thank so much for the best response hon, I appreciate it.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
29 May 08
Well thank you for responding to my discussion and your most welcome about the best response.