This brings to mind my parents....God rest their souls. They would purchase the medicine...and mind you they had to pay full price for all their meds, which cost a fortune, read the side effects and say..."forget it, we aren't taking this, it could kill us." When my husband and I cleaned out their house after dad passed and mom moved in with us, their basement looked like a pharmacy. All the drugs they purchased and never took. What a crying shame. I attribute this to the book...Worse Pills Best Pills. That was their Bible. Pity they didn't read about the drug before purchasing it.
With all the meds I have to take, especially while flaring, I NEVER read the side effects. Except with the case of Remicade. I did a lot of reading about it when my GI doctor wanted to put me on it two years ago. Glad I did. It's good to be informed, but my parents went about it in the wrong way and it cost them dearly.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!! Hope I don't jinx myself. Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks. Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.