Insidious Side Effect Warnings
Recently, I started taking a new prescription and being the conscientious person I am, I did my research. Ok, fine! My PA told me to do the research, but who’s really checking. Either way, I’ve found that side effect warnings are insidious. Once you’ve read all of the potential things a drug can do to you, you imagine all kinds of crazy things. What’s normal? What’s new? I never really noticed that before… Or was I just not paying attention? I wish you could hear the dialogue that has been happening in my head the past few days. It’s been truly entertaining… Like when I lost my car in the Wal*Mart parking lot… Or when I wanted to b!t*h slap the chick at the dry cleaners who suggested I take a dress home and launder it myself… after all, if I had wanted to launder it myself, why would I have already have paid them to do it for me? DUH? With that being said, here a some of the side effects listed for the drug I just started taking. Clearly, I’m off my rocker. Thank goodness, anal leakage isn’t mentioned anywhere.
Numbness and tingling
Are my hands numb? Can I feel my toes? Maybe it’s just because our office is an ice box again… Damn! I forgot to bring a coat for the studio again. Maybe I can’t feel my toes because I have on three inch heels. Being a woman sucks.
I’m always tired, what’s new here?
Difficulty with concentration/attention and difficulty with memory
Warnings and Precautions
~may cause decreased sweating and increased body temperature (fever). People, especially children, should be watched for signs of decreased sweating and fever, especially in hot temperatures. Some people may need to be hospitalized for this condition.
~may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500. Pay attention to any changes and call your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you: thoughts about suicide or dying, attempts to commit suicide, new or worse depression, new or worse anxiety, feeling agitated or restless, panic attacks, trouble sleeping (insomnia), new or worse irritability, acting aggressive, being angry or violent, acting on dangerous impulses, an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania), or other unusual changes in behavior or mood.
~may affect how you think, and cause confusion, problems with concentration, attention, memory, or speech, depression or mood problems, tiredness, and sleepiness.
~may cause high blood ammonia levels. High ammonia in the blood can affect your mental activities, slow your alertness, make you feel tired, or cause vomiting.
~can cause a drop in body temperature (hypothermia) to less than 95ºF, feeling tired, confusion or coma.