I have a phobia of developing an allergy (even though I've never had but one). This extends to making me very fearful of taking new medications. Here are some things that help me:
When I take it the first time, I do it in the doctor's office or else waiting in the ER waiting room. If I didn't live near the hospital, I'd have a friend or my hubby sit with me when I took it first. If I didn't have physical people available, I'd call a friend to say I was taking it and ask them to stay on the line with me or just call back at like 5 minute intervals to make sure I answered and was okay. If anything bad happened when I took it, these set-ups guarantee that someone would be there to help me.
If you're fearful of side-effects that wouldn't show up right away, you might ask your doctor or pharmacist how likely are the ones that scare you most. When I've asked about
things I fear, I learn that they're really rare, I mean in reality, not according to some anonymous web info. For instance, I was worried about
dying of anaphylaxis (having never had it nor likely to - dumb phobia!), and my doctor told me about
the conditions under which people do die. Those conditions don't apply to me at all, so the chances of my being the anomaly are slim, slim, slim. That helps me put the scary risks into perspective.
And do be careful of side effect lists. It seems like the manufacturers list them all, regardless of how unlikely, for legal purposes. And if you go to discussion boards, mostly people who post will be ones who've had a bad experience. The many, many who've had a good one don't bother to find those sites just to say "Hey, I liked this med." My point is, the web naturally lends itself to displaying a disproportionate amount of scary info about
Good luck. I sure hope I didn't scare you more with my phobia's nasty little appearances.
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