My doctor and I decided to use a stronger dose of a medication I take for Fibromyalgia last week.sideeffectspills

I got the pills filled and took the first stronger pill Saturday night.

I woke up Sunday dizzy and feeling like my brain had been wrapped up in flannel.

Today was a good deal better but a few times I had to fight the strong urge to go back to bed for a nap

I’ve had a lot of time to lie around and watch TV, and every other commercial seems to be a pharmaceutical company flogging their new drugs. They can barely get the good points out before they begin reeling off the massive list of side effects,

I am no stranger to side effects. I’ve been on so many different pills, capsules, injections, infusions and a few suppositories that I consider myself an expert on them.

With this floating through my mind, I started thinking about what side effects could make this interesting—ones I’d like to see or hear about.

The Fibro medicine I’m on lists the following as their side effects:

Nausea, stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, decreased appetite, vomiting, dry mouth, insomnia, anxiety, tremor, dizziness, fatigue, sleepiness, sweating, hot flashes, blurred vision, headache, sexual dysfunction, lowered libido, erection difficulties or lack of orgasm, liver damage, serious skin reactions, rash, hives (requiring a doctor’s immediate attention).

Add to this list glaucoma, irregular heartbeat, bleeding problems, blood pressure problems, reaction to other drugs, pneumonia, seizures.

Okay. Above are the side effects of this Fibro drug when you START taking it. There is an equally long list of things that could happen when you STOP taking them.

An injectable drug taken by many people, and one I took for a while, has an equally scary group of side effects.

Try infections and pain at the injection site. Infections caused by viruses, fungi or bacteria are common and include the flu and pneumonia. Add on that the drug may lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections, which can cause serious infections like tuberculosis. If you’ve had Hepatitis B and the virus is still in your system, you can develop it. People have died from these side effects.

If you take any drug, including this one, that has a Tumor Necrosing Factor (TNF), you can develop cancer, which also can kill you. It can also cause multiple sclerosis, seizures or inflamed nerves in the eyes. The drug will suppress your immune system, making it even harder to fight any infection you may get.

It can cause new or worsening heart failure, which can kill you, give you a new case or reawaken an old case of psoriasis and cause allergic reactions.

Finally, this lovely drug can cause Lupus-like symptoms in the form or a rash.

Man. It’s amazing we willing take these medicines. We depend on them to get us through the day.

I had a bad night recently and found myself wondering exactly how those werewolves, vampires, ghouls and such got their big start. Did they, like us, have arthritis that caused them to have to take some or all of these pills and their side effects were so much worse than ours?

That led me right back to those idiot commercials and how I’d like to hear them explain these news side effects in their advertising campaigns.

Imagine this:

…Side effects include nausea, fast heartbeat, tremors, rapid hair growth, and a compulsion to go out every full moon and howl with your new friends, headaches, glaucoma, high blood pressure and death.

Or this:

…Side effects include recurrence of Hepatitis B, cancer or multiple sclerosis. It can cause a sudden need to drink fresh blood and avoid the sunlight and eventually lead to wearing opulent clothing and search for people with names like Lestat, Louis, Edward and Bella or to make your home in Bon Temps, LA.

Stranger things have happened, and the bottom line is we have to keep assuring ourselves that the good the medicines do outweighs the bad.