I Can’t Drink Alcohol

I’m taking a prescription that can cause these side effects:

  • headaches
  • liver failure
  • “life-threatening skin rashes”
  • vision changes

I have to get blood tests every few weeks to ensure the drug isn’t destroying my liver; not drinking alcohol helps reduce any stress on the liver.

I have to take this for six months or so.

No scotch! Christ. I WILL be cheating.

The Price Of Life

My Dad has been getting chemotherapy treatment for his cancer the past 10 years. His white blood cell count has been low recently, resulting in the need for blood transfusions.

Last week his doctor recommended a drug that MAY prevent the need for future blood transfusions, which would be easier on his system, ensuring he’s strong enough to continue chemotherapy.

The drug costs $6,000. For one pill. SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS.

Lord liftin’ jezuz.

I Don’t Do Drugs

drug and pill containersI had a persistent, hacking cough for three weeks, sometimes having coughing fits that made me gag. Last Wednesday my daughter and I went to the doctor, because her cough hasn’t been going away either. The doctor said she was fine; the cough would go away soon. He said I had bronchitis, prescribing me two drugs: Tussionex and Apo-Cefuroxime. The 2nd day after taking them, I got worse: vomiting, migraine, dizziness… I stayed home and slept all day, not eating anything. That night a headache kept waking me up. The next morning the headache was gone, but I was feeling lousy, partly because I was hungry and dehydrated, and sick; but I went to work, deciding not to take those drugs anymore, and by lunch I was feeling better, eating normally.

So, what the hell was in those drugs I took (and won’t be taking any longer)?

Tussionex was prescribed for my cough, to suppress it. It’s a narcotic. From the pamphlet the pharmacist gave me:

Possible side effects: drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, vomiting…

Lots of fun stuff. Then:

This treatment may be habit-forming. Do not use this medication for longer than necessary. If you have difficulty stopping the medication when the treatment is finished, talk to your doctor.

I quit after 1 teaspoon.

The other prescription, Apo-Cefuroxime, is for the bronchitis infection. Possible side effects:

…may cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and rarely, it may cause severe diarrhea that is greenish in colour.

Nice. I only had the nausea and vomiting.

So, I have nearly full prescriptions of two deadly drugs I’ll never take again, although my cough IS gone.