RANT. Okay so this is kind of going to be a rant-type post because WHAT THE F.
I went to the gastroenterologist yesterday because I have been having really bad heartburn and indigestion. I eat really well so I know its from being on steroids and multiple medications in the past but I was going just to make sure it wasn’t something more serious. So I ended up scheduling an upper endoscopy a few weeks from now. In the meantime, the doctor prescribed me a medication called Pantoprazole, which is the generic form of Protonix. Before I committed to taking it, I read the package insert that came with the bottle of 90 pills. You know what it said?! I don’t think you’re ready… in the “Most Important Information About This Drug” section it read:
“Systemic Lupus Erythematosus happens with this drug, as well as make symptoms worse if you already have it. Contact your doctor immediately if you have Lupus or if you demonstrate Lupus symptoms.”
LIKE ARE YOU FRIGEN KIDDING ME. Since when does a medication say something that specific. And if it does say something that specific, clearly there’s a reason. They wouldn’t just add this on their warning label for shits and giggles. Does it seem like I’m giggling?!
I literally had a 20 minute conversation with this rude bonehead about how I was diagnosed with Lupus and a gaggle of other diagnoses. I asked him what the side effects of the medication were and if it was safe to take with my current medication and my conditions. He said YES. For how far I have come with my health I don’t have the time to deal with my symptoms worsening from a bullshit medication. He doesn’t even know what’s wrong with me yet since the upper endoscopy isn’t until February 22nd, so WHY would you even prescribe ANY medication when you don’t know what’s going on inside my body?!
Moral of the story, do your own research and know what you are putting into your body. Just because the doctors you see have a title of being a doctor doesn’t mean they are always right. Most that I have encountered follow textbook procedures without really taking every aspect of your health into consideration. And all of those doctors don’t expect their patients to speak up, they just expect you to follow their orders (Okay Hitler). WELL GUESS WHAT? I care about myself too much to just mindlessly pump medications into my body without really knowing what’s in them and what the effects are.
Please be careful as to who and what you listen to. Your body is your temple and you need to protect it, especially in this fucked up, contaminated world.
For the record, the answer to the title is both dickhead and dumbass.
Okay rant done, sorry. That felt good to get that out. I spent a good 10 minutes laughing at this situation because it’s so fucked up that it’s funny.