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I Need Some Medicine for my Medicine

Updated on December 14, 2012

We have a new and improved friend in America. He comes to deliver us from sleeplessness, from head aches or any other real or contrived inconveinence that might be impose upon our busy lives. I am thankful for our new friend most of the time, but, he does come bearing baggage of his own and his baggage is weaking havoc on our lives.

There exist today, a pill in the form of a prescription or an over the counter version, that will address every symptom the human condition has ever imagined. The problem is, every one of them comes with a warning label that necessitates a medical dictionary and a magnifying glass to uncover the impending risk associated with its consumption.

The side effects of dealing with a head ache today, can cause liver failure, stroke or the just discovered malady of "over active nail biting" which, will necessitate another medication that generates another string of impending side effects. By the time we get rid of a head ache, we have symptoms for almost anything that has ever existed, not to mention, a slew of new medications to deal with the new symptoms and the new and improved head ache.

Lunesta, a medication that addresses insomnia, is one of Americas top ten selling medications. No one in America can sleep anymore because the side effects of the pill you took for your head ache causes insomnia. Of course, if we take the competitors brand to rid ourselves of a head ache we will contract the effects of drowsiness and the consumption of both simply parks our poor, confused bodies in neutral. Its little wonder that the energy drink is Americas rising star! It counters the condition caused by the original condition, which we manufactured, to deal with the original condition, of which, no one can remember.

Ace inhibitors were produced to slow the heart and lower the risk from sudden heart attack. After my first round with this medical marvel I slept 22 hours out of every 24. How the hell can you have a heart attack if you never get up? Now I'm swishing down slow pills with energy boosting red bull and all I do is sleep walk. Last week a medical survey revealed that beta blockers offered no decrease in heart heart attacks. This despite feeding it to heart attack patients for the last thirty years.

It isn't that these wonder drugs are void of benefit, but, simply replacing old symptoms with new symptoms makes it difficult to identify what malady is actually affecting my life. Going to my doctor and trying to explain symptoms only exaserbates us both. Confused and dazed, he gives me another new medication that makes both reason and confusion irrelevent. We are fast approaching a world in which we will be absent any cure and we can instead, simply choose from a list of prefered side effects.

There is one benefit I notice arising from the ashes. A new and reliable excuse to justify daily behavior. "The medication made me do it". Of course this creates a new and eagerly anticpated pharmaceutical field which will give rise to new medications to address behaviorial abnormalaties caused by their original solutions. Soon, we can take a pill which will dictate who we want to be on any given day. As a matter of fact, I think, through the administration of selected medication combinations, you can now sleep and exercise simultaneously. Imagine a world in which the little women could keep house, tend to 5 kids, two dogs, a cat, sleep all day and still be "ready freddy" when her man gets home! Not to worry ladies. His meds will either cause erectile dysfunction, impotency or he'll be asleep when he comes through the door. Come to think of it, I'll have to proof read this when I wake up!

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    • arb profile imageAUTHOR

      arb 

      7 years ago from oregon

      It is indeed! :)

    • Nellieanna profile image

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      And- such a nice respite from the doom and gloom on too many other points of reference! ;-)

    • arb profile imageAUTHOR

      arb 

      7 years ago from oregon

      Then it accentuates our day! :)

    • Nellieanna profile image

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah - well, if so, the Rx benefits the giver as much as the recipient! :-)

    • arb profile imageAUTHOR

      arb 

      7 years ago from oregon

      Nellieanna, This morning, you prove sufficient medicine, with which to confront the day! Encouragement is a pricless prescription!

    • Nellieanna profile image

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      I'm appalled when I listen to the lists of devastating side-effects for meds advertised by pharmaceutical companies on TV. (Advertising them to a gullible public itself is horrid!)

      There is one for depression which reads like a death-wish if one takes it. The variety of deadly side-effects is so great, covers so many different types of persons (age-wise, etc) and it is all spoken in the same syrupy-sweet tones as the supposed benefits for helping with depression (provided one is not taking other depression meds, in which case the side effects are multiplied!) It seems to be trying to make possible death, liver failure, stroke, etc. sound positively inviting!

      What is terribly depression is the whole manipulative selling techniques - and that is all it is, in my opinion. Advertising is for selling, - not curing or restoring health, and is designed to make uncertainty about ailments turn into panic. All the usual sales techniques are used so that one will go and hit the doctor up for these things, (so long as a prescription is required, that is the necessary middleman) - I suppose, that is just in case he or she isn't already on the payroll of that particular pharmaceutical.

      Grrrr. I guess you can tell it is among my pet peeves. I should stop this rant right now!

      Thanks for highlighting and clarifying this subject, arb.

    • arb profile imageAUTHOR

      arb 

      7 years ago from oregon

      Thanks so much for the comments. Sorry I've taken so long to respond. Just returned from a vacation in Mexico! I agree with your assessment. A good nights sleep is undervaluded. Be well.

    • drdspervez profile image

      drdspervez 

      7 years ago from Pakistan

      Dear arb ! Every medicine has it's side effect,in my opinion person should not addict to any medicine whether it's a sedative or a tranquilizer.We should try to keep ourselves busy whole day so that in night we get a natural good sleep.Proper rest,good sleep and a good healthy diet keep a person healthy,wealthy and wise.

      DR. DURRESHAHWAR PERVEZ

    • arb profile imageAUTHOR

      arb 

      7 years ago from oregon

      Good Morning Jillian! I know that you know, better than I. Thanks for the comment. Be well! You can't afford not too!

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      Jillian Barclay 

      7 years ago from California, USA

      Think you need to print this out and give a copy to your doctor or doctors. The more meds you take, the more doctors you need! And they, of course, are all specialists!

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