Check your medications for interactions/side effects for FREE

@mentalward (14695)
United States
February 12, 2009 10:37am CST
I just bumped into this website that I feel is absolutely AWESOME for those of us taking more than one medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter. It's completely free to join and absolutely safe and secure. ***THERE ARE NO REFERRAL LINKS*** so I'm not trying to get you to join anything under me. You just go to: https://secure.iguard.org/ and sign up, enter all medications you take and they let you know of any interactions as well as any alerts associated with those drugs and/or if there have been any recalls concerning them. I think this is the coolest website since... well, since myLot came online! Check it out... it's so cool and FREE to boot! ***THIS IS NOT A REFERRAL LINK*** It is for information purposes only.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Feb 09
I'll save this advice for when I'm so damn old I have a medicine chest full of pill bottles. For now I think I'll stick to my 'medicinal' brownies......................lol
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
12 Feb 09
So true!!!! I think our governments regulate certain 'medicines' because they want to keep the best ones for themselves! Why, da noive of dem! I remember having some of those medicinal brownies before... way back in the early 70s... I didn't have these aches and pains then, either! Coincidence? I think not!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
13 Feb 09
You gotta make friends with RoseKitty sweets. She hands them out like confetti! LOL
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• Canada
14 Feb 09
OH, sure, forget about me, eh? Hmpfttt! I'm making brownies TODAY and mailing them to you on Monday, so you should get them by Wed. Yes, sparks, you should plant a seed or 2 right in the centre of town and tell everyone it is the 'tree of.....um, aches and pains?' But mentalward is in the US, so I can't risk trying to send them over the border. She'll have to make them herself. Or I would share, really.
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
13 Feb 09
Hey mentalward! That sounds like something I need to check out! I will do that later on when I finish responding to my emails because it will take me awhile to check out all the medications that I am on that's for sure! That does sound like a very good website! I have to tell you something else while I'm here. I went for my Psych exam for my Disability Case today and I remembered what you said about remembering the 3 things! Well, I made sure not to remember them (not that I could have) and I couldn't do the math questions either so I think I failed with flying colors! So I want to thank you for the heads up! Damn, he asked so many questions! I tried my best! NOT! I also wanted to wish you luck for tomorrow if you are still going! Are you? I hope you are because I really believe tomorrow is your lucky day to win! Please let me know!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
13 Feb 09
You're very welcome, Opal. I hope it helped! I'm going tomorrow... umm, today, actually, since it's almost 1:00 a.m. (I'm really having trouble getting to sleep tonight, even with all the meds my doctor gave me to help me sleep. I want to thank you, too, for the good wishes! The closer the time gets the more anxious I'm getting. I believe I'm as prepared as I can possibly be and I made sure to do a little extra moving around today to ensure that I'll feel absolutely horrible tomorrow! LOL Yeah, I know that sounds weird, but there are days when I overextend myself and I suffer terribly the next day because of it. I want this judge to witness with his own eyes just how bad I have it when I try to do too much. I'm sure he's seen more than his share of people trying to fake their level of pain and I want my pain to be REAL. If he's a good judge, he'll see that I'm not faking it. I got all my medical reports, I'm taking the letters I received from my congressman and senator saying they'll help me, I'm taking all my medications in a bag to prove that I am really taking them and I think I've gone over in my mind the kinds of questions the judge will be asking me so I'll know how to answer them. I'll be completely honest and my husband is going to be there with me so he can vouch for the amount of assistance I need for most things these days. I can't do laundry anymore because of the weight of the clothes and having to go up and down stairs, I can't wash any more than a few dishes at a time before my back starts screaming at me so my husband washes the dishes, stuff like that. He can also let the judge know just how bad my sleeping is and how some days I spend most of the day in bed because the pain is just too bad. I do feel that tomorrow, Friday the 13th, is a GOOD day for this hearing and I feel prepared and ready. BUT, I'm still so very anxious about it. Maybe that's because I've already been denied benefits 4 times during this one case! The depression I suffer due to my pain, mental problems (forgetfulness and inability to concentrate) and the fact that I can't do half of what I used to do might have something to do with my anxiety as well. I'll probably be a complete basket case by the time I get to the hearing office, but that would only help my case, you think? LOL I wish you much luck with your case! I hope that you don't have half the problems I've had and it doesn't take you half as long as it's taken me to reach this point. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes tomorrow, although I'll probably come home and collapse for awhile, unless I get good news tomorrow at the hearing. I kinda doubt I'll know anything tomorrow, though. I'll just have to TRY to be patient and wait and see. I've been begging for a miracle. I know my medical conditions won't go away so the miracle I've been asking for is to be approved for disability benefits. I hope, just this one time, I get my miracle. I don't normally ask for things for myself but I hope I can finally get the disability benefits I desperately need. Guess I'll go now and give sleeping another shot. I've already set my alarm so I won't oversleep. Wouldn't THAT be horrible! LOL Take care!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
14 Feb 09
I thought I'd update you, Opal. My hearing went well, I think. I wasn't approved nor disapproved, but you'll never guess what the judge said to me... He's sending me for a NEW psych evaluation!!! So, I've got to go through that all over again. What a kick in the head, huh? Well, at least THIS time, I know what to expect. For that hearing I had yesterday, I purposely did NOT take any of my pain medication before going. I wanted the judge to see just how bad my physical pain is. I had no idea he's concentrate on the MENTAL side of it so much! But, evidentaly, he is. Maybe I convinced him that, physically, I'm having a very hard time, but he needs updated psych records because of my claim of horrible memory and concentration problems... probably has to do with my depression, too. I haven't seen a psychiatrist since late in 2007 because my depression is directly caused by KNOWN things and my rheumatologist has been keeping me on pretty much an even keel regarding the depression caused by my physical pain and inability to do the things I've always loved doing. The judge wants me evaluated by a psychiatrist so he's sending me to one of THEIR shrinks... again. He said after this evaluation, he'll make his decision regarding my eligibility. I'm going to take all the pain meds I usually take every day before I go. I'm also going to make sure that I don't make any special effort to get a good night's sleep the night before. I want to be as "normal" (for me) as I can be so this shrink gets a good feel for EXACTLY what I go through every day. So, for now, it's once again a waiting game... waiting for the notice of the appointment to see the shrink. Geesh... is this EVER going to be approved??? If I'm denied, AGAIN, I have one more appeal to file... in the Federal Court. I may just be a true basket case before all this is over with!
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
14 Feb 09
Well, actually if you think about it the news sounds pretty good! You know what to expect with the Shrink because you sure gave me the heads up! I did my "best" to forget and not answer those math questions!lol I appeared confused and forgetful! I'm quite sure you can do just as well! The person that is representing me told me the first Shrink said I was totally disabled. I don't know what the one I went to Thursday said yet. That was a more detailed exam because that one was for the State, the other one was for the County. If they match, hopefully I might have a chance. But, I think you are almost there. Really, you don't have much further to go. I believe it is just a formality at this point! So do all the things you know will "work" like you said and you should be able to get this over with. Honestly, I really couldn't answer the math questions! I really was confused! I'm taking 3 different psych meds! And I have chronic Insomnia! There's no faking that kind of confusion and memory problems! Don't worry, it will work out! If you want to talk to me, pm me your email addy because I can only receive pm's. I can't send. I will be happy to chat with you!
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Thank you! My mom is 84 and takes what seems to be an entire pharmacy of meds, although I guess not half as many as others her age. This is going to come in very handy for her! Thank God I'm not on any meds, still pretty healthy at 54.
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Her doctor says they're okay, but I don't trust doctors--not because I don't respect them but because like you say they're so incredibly busy and they're not infallible. Thanks again!
@commanderxo (1496)
• Canada
14 Feb 09
Way to go mentalward. We can always count on you for such great info. By the way, I think it would be great idea...if just ONE doctor could come up with some kind of medication that we could all take, for all those medication side-effects! cdrxo
• Canada
27 Feb 09
Thanks "mom". ....and, "young man"? Wow, you are so kind. Yeah, one med to cure all, WOULD be the answer indeed. (we should be so lucky) Personally...at this time only a 12 gauge shotgun can achieve that. :-))
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
14 Feb 09
Thanks ever..that's a great website to know about. I'm fortunate I don't take many meds...gosh, hardly ever take anything stronger than aspirin. On the rare occasions I do take something I just usually do a simple check by typing in the medication name in a search and that usually comes back with a whole bunch of sites with info all about the particular med. Like one time my doctor gave me a non-penicillin type antibiotic...now I don't have problems with penicillin types. Anyway. When I got home I looked it up and it had a SEVERE warning..don't take if one has joint pain...then I started reading up on it more and there have been class action lawsuits as it can tear and damage the ligaments and has made people virtually wheelchair bound....do you think I took it? NO WAY!! I had my doc switch me to a penicillin type instead
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
14 Feb 09
WOW! Do you remember what that antibiotic was? I'm curious because I get a lot of sinus infections and would hate to inadvertently take the wrong thing! I have fibromyalgia, lupus and arthritis, so it would definitely be one I would NOT want to take!
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@AmbiePam (50438)
• United States
14 Feb 09
Yes, I signed up for this a couple of weeks ago. It is definitely handy. A person can't be too safe. Especially since everything in the world is being recalled. Peanut butter, medicine, toys, you know what would be funny? I feel a little bad for saying this, so forgive me if this offends anyone... Two days ago I got an MRI and I had to check if I had any of the devices they listed on the paper. No, I didn't have a pacemaker, braces, you know. And then I got to p%nile implant. Nope, don't have one of those, but it would be funny if they were recalled!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
14 Feb 09
Oh, MAN!!! THAT would definitely make world news!!!
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Thank you for sharing I will definitely check this site out. I am on meds and I will like to know all I can about them. I wish I was one of those that say they are fortunate enough not to be on meds. Again thanks.
@littleowl (7157)
12 Feb 09
Hi MW thanks for the link, at the moment I am on loads of medicated pills it will be good to see what they all do!! lol...littleowl
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
12 Feb 09
Interesting very interesting in deed. Thank you my friend.
@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
16 Feb 09
ha ha ha ha ha... that is a pretty informative site to be on. Thanks for the recommend mentalward! Very informative indeed!