When ya trust folks with yer health

United States
June 12, 2019 1:10am CST
BEWARE Many doc's 've nary a clue's to what they'd be prescribin', nor the list 'f possible side 'ffects. Take fer 'nstance this here Prilosec. The doc told the hubs to take such "in case you have heartburn", due to some scar tissue found when'n endoscopy 'twas done recently. I 'xplained such was from years back (he dipped Copenhagen'n ugh...swallowed 't while 't work, all day, e'ery day fer 'bout 13yrs). The hubs 'xplained he'd no heartburn 'r reflux'n years. Nope, take this pill e'ery day fer the rest 'f yer life. Ya know, preventative measures. So's, the hubs picks some'p 'n takes that 1st lil pill. 'n the last. He hurled fer 3 days. The hubs'll do blood, guts, the nastiest diaper i've e'er seen/smelled 'n all those other thingies that turn most folks green - but, he don't do hurlin'. E'en the sound 'f gaggin' from anyone ('r e'en a critter) makes 'im green. Called the doc the next morn 'n he said such couldn't be so. I read the list 'f side 'ffects off from said companies website to 'im. He sounded a tad shocked. Seems that long-term use'd be e'en worse, possibly causin' stomach growths called 'fundic gland polyps'. If'n ya use this garbage fer longer'n 3 years, 't firmly states yer 't risk 'f developin' a vitamin B-12 deficiency. 'n the docs brilliance, he said to get Zantac 'nstead. Guess what one 'f the main side 'ffects 'f that'd be? Nausea and vomitin'....purty much the same 'xact 'other' side 'ffects 's well. Both 're o'er the counter drugs, 'llowed by the F.D.A. Most 'f the side 'ffects one needs to worry 'bout're NOT ON THE BOX . If yerself 'r a loved'un 'tis takin' this schtuff - please look 't the list 'f all side 'ffects. * severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody; * new or unusual pain in your wrist, thigh hip or back; * seizures; * kidney problems - little or no urination, blood in urine, swelling, rapid weight gain; * low magnesium - dizziness, fast or irregular heart rate, tremors or jerking muscle movements, feeling jittery, muscle cramps, muscle spasms in your hands and feet, cough or choking feeling; or * new or worsening symptoms of lupus - joint pain, and a skin rash on your cheeks or arms that worsens with sunlight. I dunno, aint 't better to figure why someone's heartburn'n the first place'n 'ddress that rather'n havin' 'em take a toxic band-aid?
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@josie_ (8949)
• Philippines
12 Jun
Given the incentives doctors get from big pharmaceutical companies, over-prescribing medication for just about any ailments should come as no surprise. It's the reason for the ophiods crisis in the U.S.
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@josie_ (8949)
• Philippines
12 Jun
@crazyhorseladycx _I hope your husband finds the right prescription or better still, the right doctor with the right prescription.
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• United States
12 Jun
@josie_ honestly? he don't need a prescription. such damage 'twas done o'er 25yrs 'go. now, if'n he starts gettin' hearburn 'r acid reflux, we'll find the source 'f such 'n tend 't that way.
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@nela13 (21126)
• Portugal
13 Jun
Oh my... That is a long list of side effects. Some doctors are careless and don't even bother to ask if we had other problems before prescribing meds.
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• United States
13 Jun
yes ma'am, fer somethin' anybody can jest purchase o'er the counter with no prescription. i dunno 'bout these docs 'r pharmacists 'round here. trustin' a doc 'tis what got me so ill'n nearly killed me. i'd thoroughly'xplained e'en prior to the procedure that the hubs'd dipped copenhagen 'n swallowed that vile spit fer years. jest very frustratin' they 'ppear to be listenin'?
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@nela13 (21126)
• Portugal
13 Jun
@crazyhorseladycx For how long did he took the pills?
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• United States
13 Jun
@nela13 he took 1 pill.
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@1creekgirl (16350)
• United States
13 Jun
Very good advice. Is your husband feeling better? I have Fibromyalgia and years ago my doc wanted to put me on some antidepressant for it. I wasn't depressed and the long list of possible side effects convinced me I could get along well with just ibuprofen.
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• United States
13 Jun
yes ma'am. he'd be fine. seems 'is throat 'd shrunk 'n they stretched that. the rest's benign'n the side 'ffects with no need (why take somethin' to prevent heartburn whey ya aint such???) jest seems a bit, uhm, off? good fer ya, hon. they tried to gimme all sorts'a schtuff when i fell ill. changin' my diet to a non-inflammatory'un did wonders 'n when needed, i live with ice packs.
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@1creekgirl (16350)
• United States
13 Jun
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@rakski (32239)
• Philippines
12 Jun
oh my. what kind of doctor is that giving meds without knowing side effects
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• United States
12 Jun
a well regarded gastroenterologist...
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@rakski (32239)
• Philippines
12 Jun
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@Susan2015 (24473)
• United States
13 Jun
Sorry that happened to him. It seems sometimes the side effects can be just horrible.
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• United States
13 Jun
thanks, hon. yup, makes me cranky they don't bother to list 'em all'n the package? 'n why the doc'd nary a clue 'bout any.
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@NJChicaa (58728)
• United States
12 Jun
I took this stuff for years. Luckily with all of the weight I've lost I don't need it any longer.
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• United States
12 Jun
ack!! i hope y'ave been keepin''n eye'n yer b-12 'n magnesium levels. that fundic gland polyps 'tis a big put off, too. glad ya no longer need this poison, hon.
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• Midland, Michigan
13 Jun
Agreed, but many men don't want to stop the culprit causing the heartburn. My husband takes Prilosec and hasn't had any of those side effects. Most of the needs my husband takes both over and under the counter could be eliminated if he chose to eat better. At present he's not there, so he's rather cover it up with the band-aid at present.
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• United States
14 Jun
i've found most folks're not willin' to change their ways, but seek those 'magical pills'. which'f course, quite oft, causes 'em more troubles'n they fail to figure out 'tis the meds (o'er/under) that're the culprit. 'nstead they seek more 'magical pills' 'n the cycle continues.
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• Midland, Michigan
14 Jun
@crazyhorseladycx I agree. I'm hoping to adjust some of the keto recipes by adding more of the allowed sugar. My hope is my husband will eat that instead of his donuts and little Debbie snacks and possibly down the road be able to have less meds. But whether I get him to try any remains to be seen.
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• United States
15 Jun
@MarshaMusselman best 'f luck with the hubs, hon. the one here'd not be keen'n tryin' new schtuff, particularly if'n he thinks there'd be any health benefits fer such.
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@simone10 (29616)
• United States
15 Jun
That's kind of scary. I take Prilosec, have for about ten years because I have acis reflux/gerd. If I don't take it, I have severe pains in my esophagus and I get nauseated.
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• United States
15 Jun
've ya gotten a scope done 'bout e'ery 3yrs? 've they tested yer magnesium 'n b12 oft? if'n not, i'd sure's heck be checkin'. they need to find the cause 'f yer acid reflux/gerd 'n 'ddress that, hon. oh, those docs!!
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@simone10 (29616)
• United States
16 Jun
@crazyhorseladycx I had a scope done before I had my gallbladder out which was 2 years ago. Yes, I do have to take B12 supplements, didn't know that's what was causing it. What gets me is your husbands doctor putting him on something that he really didn't need.
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• United States
16 Jun
@simone10 such could not be causin' the low b12, but then 'gain could. one'd need to do some testin' to find out 'n i fear that most docs ('n insurance companies) 'll most oft not go that 'xtra mile. they'd rather give ya a band-aid. 'd be nice if'n they found what 'twas causin' the troubles requirin' such a med'n the first place...i shall not hold my breath. that'd be what floored me. jest coz such's o'er the counter, don't make 't correct. i got 'im started'n some apple cider vinegar (peach flavored, who knew?) jest to err'n the precautionary side. the hubs's a tad bit perplexed 'n stress can cause those stomach acids to revolt.
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@RubyHawk (32535)
• Atlanta, Georgia
15 Jun
Sometimes I think doctors only know what the pharmacies tell them. It's best to check it out for yourself. I hope your hubby is doing better now.
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• United States
15 Jun
yes ma'am, they're taught to prescribe'n their medical trainin' 'n then those pharm reps come to call...givin' all those 'free' samples 'n 't all goes downhill fer many from there. outside 'f bein' the wrong side 'f a jack, he's doin' better.
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@RubyHawk (32535)
• Atlanta, Georgia
16 Jun
@crazyhorseladycx I'm glad he's doing better. Sometimes home remedies work better than anything else.
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• United States
16 Jun
@RubyHawk yes ma'am, if'n ya can get 'em to take 'em... this'un'd be most hard-headed.
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@just4him (158094)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun
Looks like the side effects could kill you. It's better not to take it. You'd live longer.
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• United States
12 Jun
aint that the truth?? shockin' such's 'llowed o'er the counter, how many folks've been harmed 'n didn't connect the dots.
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@just4him (158094)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jun
@crazyhorseladycx True. The only OTC I take is Ibuprofen and I know there are health risks with it, but it's the only pain reliever that works. All the others act like a placebo in my system.
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• United States
12 Jun
@just4him 's long 's yer 'ware 'f such'n know what to look fer. this 'twas jest a fiasco 'f sorts? tellin' one to change to 'nother that's the same side 'ffects? glad ya can take the ibuprofen, that schtuff kills my gut.
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@evans777 (725)
13 Jun
But how would one know which doc we shouldn't listen to
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• United States
13 Jun
that's a good query. from my point 'f view, trust none. do yer own homework'n listen to yer body.
@evans777 (725)
13 Jun
@crazyhorseladycx I think I will stick with the doc. He probably knows better than me, so if he's prescribing anything, its because he knows it better
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• United States
13 Jun
@evans777 if ya've that sorta faith'n yer doc, that's fine. i shared this though coz many docs don't know the side 'ffects 'f what they're prescribin'.
@Gillygirl (31051)
• Sutton, England
12 Jun
Oh yes, I have had some doctors who have been useless at prescribing in the past. I had one inhaler which gave me acid indigestion and muscle cramps
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@Gillygirl (31051)
• Sutton, England
12 Jun
@crazyhorseladycx I had to go private under my husband's medical insurance to prove it. The inhaler was then changed
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• United States
12 Jun
@Gillygirl now see, that'd be jest pitiful :( this's not the 1st med we've 'ncountered with nasty side 'ffects the doc's 'n e'en pharmacists 've denied. 'til ya print'n out'n shove't there'n their face...
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@Gillygirl (31051)
• Sutton, England
12 Jun
@crazyhorseladycx And up theirs!
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@wolfgirl569 (16318)
• Marion, Ohio
12 Jun
Many heartburn medicines are very dangerous especially under heavy or long term use. I would be looking for a different doctor.
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• United States
12 Jun
i jest don't get why the doc then said 'get zantac' when he knew 'f the troubles with this? this doc's'n the top 'f his field 'pposedly 'n highly recommended. most all meds've side 'ffects, jest makes me cranky such's 'vailable o'er the counter where's anybody can grab a box.
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@wolfgirl569 (16318)
• Marion, Ohio
12 Jun
@crazyhorseladycx Yes, that doctor needs to change some of his thinking.
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• United States
13 Jun
@wolfgirl569 ya can 'nly teach those that wish to learn...
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@thelme55 (18331)
• Germany
16 Jun
Oh my God! Those are lots of side effects. I hope your husband will feel better soon.
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• United States
17 Jun
thankfully he 'nly took 1 pill 'n didn't suffer from all 'f the side 'ffects listed. he's doin' well.
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@BloggerDi (1727)
• United States
13 Jun
Wow, I'm sorry that your husband went through that, but I'm glad you shared it here. It doesn't surprise me, unfortunately. I've had similar experiences myself. Also, when I was caregiver for my mother-in-law, things like that happened more than once. One time, she started having terrible dizziness after starting some new heart medication. I suggested to doc that the problem might be the new meds (listed side effects included dizziness). No, he didn't take the time explore that idea. Instead, he sent an elderly, weak, dizzy woman to ear, nose and throat specialist and lab appointments, in case it was the inner ear. After a few months of tests and finding nothing (she continued suffering with it), the cardiologist's nurse practitioner reevaluated all her meds. She was waaaay over-medicated! And ALL of the extra pills had side-effects of dizziness.They discontinued about a third of her prescriptions, and she was a new woman in about 2 weeks!
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• United States
14 Jun
bless 'er heart, jest think 'f all the sufferin' she 'ndured coz they'd no listen :( we'd the same troubles with my mother'n law (rest 'er soul). once we finally found a doc who'd listen, re-evaluate her buffet 'f pills, they started weanin' 'er off most. 'tis jest tragic to think 'f all those who've none to fight fer 'em. so glad thingies 'mproved fer 'er!
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@Hate2Iron (12977)
• Canada
12 Jun
The side effects would certainly scare me away from them!
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• United States
13 Jun
fer certain! 'n such did.
@Corbin5 (146193)
• United States
12 Jun
Wish the doctor would have listened to your husband. I would think most would not prescribe something if the person had no symptoms. My husband does have acid reflux and he was told to take Omeprazole, same thing as Prilosec. He has had no ill effects but there are definitely some who will have bad reactions.
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• United States
13 Jun
me, too. that's what puzzled me. why e'en suggest such if'n they've 'lready stated 'tis ol' damage 'n one's no symptoms? then to tell 'em to get 'nother pill with the same side 'ffects possible? uhm, nope. the hubs reacts to most meds, e'en half'n allergy pill makes 'im hallucinate. so glad yer hubs's no troubles with such, hon. i hope they're keepin''n eye'n the vit b12 'n magnesium.
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