PIlls and side effects: good or bad?

Some years ago, I went to the GP and she prescribed pain killers, but in so doing had to prescribe something else to protect my stomach ffrom the side effects of the pills she was prescribing.  ?????
Yeah. That’s what I thought.
As I had to pay for my prescriptions at the time, nearly £20 was a bit much so I stuck with ibuprofen and paracetamol.
Hubby is having serious problems with his meds, and had successfully weaned himself off the omeprazole for his reflux having read that around 70% of his subsequent health issues were side effects of taking them. He found an alternative in DGL (liquorice extract) which has been working an absolute dream……… until he got a water infection.

The prescribed antibiotics are clearing that up nicely, but he now has his reflux back, twice as bad as it was, which is depriving him of sleep. Last night he was in dire straits and made himself some porridge at 2am (always helps settle his stomach) then went to every GERD site on the internet to cross reference the medication he was taking. In the small print it would appear that reflux is a side effect of the latest smarties.
He is not happy.
He is tired and in pain of all descriptions, can’t eat anything solid after 2pm and as a last resort is going back on the omeprazole until his course of antibiotics is finished.
Sometimes I wonder if the doctors actually look at their patient’s notes, especially as on numerous occasions Hubby has been prescribed something that should not be taken with warfarin or other blood thinners.


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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25 Responses to PIlls and side effects: good or bad?

  1. colinandray says:

    Many years ago, I had a doctor who was very convenient to get to but, sadly, I caught him writing up a prescription for me before I had finished telling him why I was there. I dumped him!

  2. Sadje says:

    Usually they don’t, at least in my experience.

  3. Sometimes these meds are a real quandary for us. I hope your husband feels beer soon.

  4. fransiweinstein says:

    It’s awful that we have to be our own watch dogs, but we do. Hope your hubby is better soon.

  5. Suze says:

    my hubby (an RN) suggested he try drinking a glass of warm water with a tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in it before bedtime. Tastes nasty but helps with GERD when a person cannot take the meds due to side effects.
    no effect on blood thinning meds either. hope he gets some relief soon.

    • Hi Suze. Thanks for this. The OTC gungie stuff he’s taking now (a shop’s own brand, not one of the posh one which didn’t work!) is heavily loaded with baking soda and he has some of that in the cupboard on stand by. Bless you for letting me know.

  6. colonialist says:

    The age where the faithful family doctor is a rarity causes these shortcomings in considering the whole background of the patient.
    Thank heaven our doctor still operates on traditional family doctor lines — and is a cousin many times removed, as it happens — even making house calls when necessary.

  7. Paula Light says:

    I love my docs, but my dad was on a blood thinner that hadn’t been adjusted for years and he had major issues. As you age, your dosage sometimes needs to be decreased. He wasn’t on the ball at that point, but also stubborn, so ya know… he had to get sick or injured before he’d change anything. 🙄

    • Hubby has regular checks for his dosage but sometimes it’s other meds that don’t mix, which is the case here. We’ll get it sorted anyway. As long as he can get some sleep, that’s half the battle.

  8. I also suffer with acid reflux and think the tablets I am taking are something like penteprazole. However, thy’ve not been working well lately so I’ve stopped them. I find certain foods are a trigger. Foods cooked in tomato sauce such as lasgne and bolognese, cream ice cream, chocolate and pastry. Proseco, champagne and wine when taken with certain foods. I have always eaten rennies like smarites but now my friend tells me they bring on dementia 😦 Mayve we take everything back to basics and start with food…

    I don’t think the doctors read your notes.. in fact I am sure of it. When I had my op I was asked if any tablets did not agree with me. Yep.. tramadol and Naproxine

    Hope your hubby gets better soon

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