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Leaflet that come with medicines?

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Do any of you check the leaflets that come with medicines before taking them?

I got new eye drops yesterday and part of the warning says it could make you blind ... so now I ain't touched the thing .. not gonna risk it.

Plus these drop cans also be prescribed for people with ear problems and says - it could in rare cases make you deaf as well.

Think I'd rather wait until I get my appointment with a specialist rather then take something from a GP who's only instrument was a torch!!!

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Sounds dodgy :/

    I always read the leaflets that come with tablets. I used to suffer from really bad migraines, so that means I can't take some types of tablets, and I have a bad reaction to codiene, so I like to check I'm not taking it. And I like to know what side effects I might get, and what to watch out for in case I need to stop taking them/go back to the doctors.

    So yes, I always read leaflets :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Re: Leaflet that come with medicines?
    Originally posted by DiamondGeezer
    Do any of you check the leaflets that come with medicines before taking them?

    Always.
    Why would you not? Surely it's best the know as much as you can about what you're putting into your body and what effects it may have.

    Diamond Geeezer - if you're in discomfort at the moment, you can always check with the pharmacist if you have any worries or concerns about what has been prescribed to you, if your appointment with the specialist is far away.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    it's what they don't list in the leaftlets that scares me.

    while researching one of my medicines on the net, i found several of the medical sites regarding it listed 'sudden death' as a possible, albeit rare, side effect.

    no mention of THAT in the leaflet.


    and GWST you raise a good point, but they tested prozac on healthy people and depressed people, and BOTH sets of people had suicidal thoughts. :eek:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yes I read the leaflet. I think you need to take the side effects with a pinch of salt though. It probably means that about 1 person in 1 million would suffer that effect or something. If it was a high percentage then they wouldn't be able to sell the stuff.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    well this is the thing most leaflets skate around the sideeffects cos they're own by big companies and wanna make bucks .. but they also don't want to get sued, ut the way this leaflet was worded was serious stuff.

    My Mum works in the hospital and is gonna take my refferal letter direct to them on Monday but she leaves on holia for 4 weeks the day after so no idea how long it will be.

    I could see the doctor wasn't too keen to give me anything until i saw the specialist and he didn't want me to continue with the current medicine either which I found quite soothing.

    Now after reading the leaflet - i aint gonna risk it - until I've seen someone who has more then a torch to examine me with. But if the appointment is like months or even years away I don't know what I'm gonna do - suppose I'll have to go private or something!!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Not dealing with the symptoms that you have for that long may well cause more problems than the drops.
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