Excerpted from a December Money Magazine article and shared by Dolores Cannon in an email support group post
The December 2004 issue of Money magazine has a worthwhile article about recent concerns of new drugs and their safety and side effects. Many were devastated to learn of the adverse effects of Vioxx on the heart.
We wonder how this can happen. One problem is that the clinical trials that lead to government approval of drugs are conducted in relatively idealized populations and only for a limited time. So when a drug hits the general population, the variations among us–race, gender, age, weight, health conditions–can bring to light previously undetected side effects. On top of that are all the other drug interactions you need to be aware of in an increasingly medicated age. Now, more than ever, it’s important to take an active role in understanding the risks of your medications. A study of 548 new drugs approved by the FDA between 1975 and 1999 showed that the worst adverse side effects weren’t known for about seven years. It’s easy to be impressed with a new remedy, but often, the older more established medicines will do just fine with less risk.
Of course, you can’t turn yourself into a physician or pharmacologist, but you can follow a few prudent practices and use a growing number of online resources to find the right questions to ask before popping those pills. Here is a checklist of things to ask your doctor whenever he or she recommends that you begin a new drug.
Most of us can’t name a complete list of what we are taking–name of drug, dosage, strength, etc. To prevent potential drug interactions, you should have a printed list, including over the counter medications, and take it to every doctor you consult. If you can’t do this, put all your pills in a bag and bring them to your doctor(s).
Gather as much information about the drug as you can. Some suggested websites are:
Don’t rely on just one reference; get as much information as you can. Each site is unique in the type of information it gives.
Note from Dolores: Some of my favorite sites for learning about medications including their indications for use, dosage, storage, side effects, drug interactions, warnings and precautions, missed doses/overdoses, etc. are the following:
Saturday, September 8th, 2012
The CFC or Combined Federal Cam-paign is a fundraising campaign the Federal Government offers its employ-ees to participate with each year. It begins Sept 1st and goes through Dec 15th. Federal employees are allowed to pick from over 200 registered nonpro-fits to contribute to. Many CFC fairs will be held at Federal facilities throughout the campaign. This allows employees to learn about the nonprofits and make their selections.
Please let friends and family members who are Federal employees know they can choose the Spastic Paraplegia Foun-dation to donate to. The SPF CFC num-ber is 12554. The following are exam-ples of Federal employees: law enforce-ment, mail personnel, VA or Veteran’s Administration employees, Medicare, Medicaid, military and many types of governmental jobs. If donors want to know more, please have them log on to
If you have any questions or sugges-tions, please contact Jim Sheorn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-479-7369.
Please help us generate more financial resources for research.
When Clinical Trials begin in 2017 it may require as many people as possible for the Clinical Trial to be effective. If you have HSP or PLS, please add your information to our data base so we can keep you informed. We are missing a lot people's email address, so if you just want to add your email address. just enter your name, address and email and we'll add it. That way, we will be able to reach you quickly at a lower cost. Your privacy is very important to us. We will never share any of your information with any individual or company without your permission.
93 cents of every dollar you donate goes into our mission of research and service. 4 cents goes to fundraising and 3 cents goes to data management and general expenses. Our all volunteer Scientific Advisory Board makes sure that we are supporting only the very best research projects on the planet. The Spastic Paraplegia Foundation is an all volunteer run foundation. Our highly skilled staff, Scientific Advisory Board, Medical Advisors, CPA, Attorney, President, Board Members - all of us are working hard every day probono because we strongly believe in this cause. We know a cure is right within reach and we ask you to please join us in reaching by making a tax deductible donation.