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Jon’s VU! What are the side effects?

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Do you look at the directions label on the medicine you take? Sometimes it may be necessary to continue reading to get the side effects. I was listening to a TV commercial for a common sleeping pill. It said this innocent sounding sleeping pill can drive you crazy, make you walk and drive your car in your sleep. This pill can kill you! Don’t get me wrong I am no judge of sleeplessness; I am the kind of person who lays down closes my eyes and enjoys a good nights sleep. When I don’t sleep I can find something to do. Like writing a newspaper column. I have many opinions.

I was listening to a program on TV that said left over flu shots could not be disposed of in a land fill, because they contained dangerous chemicals. Why are they safe for babies and pregnant women but are too dangerous for a landfill? Now that’s real side effects.

Sometimes a really dangerous even crippling side effect is acceptable if a person is dying and this can save a life. Some times a medicine is experimental and the use is explained to the patient. I am older than dirt, and not in good shape. But I would have to think about it if a reputable doctor had a cure for what ails me. Even tho I am sick. I am taking treatments which keep me alive and not in pain. When I think about some treatment which might just grow me a new left ear or an eye in the middle of my forehead. I don’t think I would want it.

Even when I take a simple pill for a headache and read on the bottle this medicine may be habit forming, and cause unspeakable side effects, I throw away the bottle and put a cold wet rag on my forehead.

So little bird what do you do when the good family doctor gives you a prescription for a ear ache or a stopped up nose? First ask how long must you take it then what kind of side effect can you expect. The doctor will not be insulted or hurt because of your questions. He or she will think more of you because of your intelligence in asking. Sadly, far too many people just take the prescription to the drug store, fill it and when possible keep refilling it.

I woke up one day with the side of my head hurting and my right eye not working well. I checked with two doctors who said this is not serious. (maybe not to them, to me it was serious!) My doctor said just go to the emergency room at the hospital. They would give me a shot that would fix it. I did, they did and it worked. When I ask what the shot was. The doctor said it was a shot of steroids, and gave me a prescription for 32 pills also steroids. It was a non refillable prescription. I guess this is the end of my career as an athlete, but the shot and the medicine worked, and at 77 years old, I haven’t hat a call from major league baseball in a long time!! I hope the side effects of this column help you.

This is JON’S VU!!!

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