Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pharmaceutical Fulminations

 

Carbidopa –Levodopa 25-100 mg tabs, generic for Sinemet; two tablets, three times a day.  Pramipexole 1 mg. tabs, generic for Mirapex; one tablet, three times a day.  Amantadine; one 100 mg capsule, two times a day. Paroxetine HCL, 30 mg tablets, generic for Paxil, once a day. Clonazepam 1 mg. tab, as needed.

This list is the background noise of my life.  I have had to learn to remember to consume the above list at the proper time, in the proper dose.  I have to anticipate and  pack enough pills to last during my travels, when I am away from the mother supply.

I need to order the pharmaceuticals, calculating the lag time involved with mail order refills.  Plus, prescriptions need to be renewed on occasion, so communication with the physician is part of the matrix of complexity.

Now, add the fact that I am supposed to be proactive in evaluating the efficacy of the drugs, using Excel spreadsheets to produce graphs and charts that I can E-mail to Dr. A.  It is no wonder that I feel unproductive in my life, taking a day to do a half  a days work.

Let us not forget that all of this modern chemistry costs money; a lot of money.  I can’t count on my insurance provider to pick up the tab.  And forget about shopping around for other insurance. I’m branded with a pre-existing condition.  I keep the policy that I have and am thankful that I have it.

The need to attend  to the details of modern medicine, although time consuming and confusing, is still worth the effort.  The fact that I can enjoy a somewhat normal day, actually feel good during most of my waking hours, and be productive at some level is a marvel.   We PWP’s  are fortunate to live in a time when drug therapies are available, plus we can have optimism that new discoveries will advance our chances to live long and fulfilling lives.

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