Reviews written by msaok

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May 25, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Overall satisfaction 
 
5.0
Efficacy  
 
5.0
Lack of side effects 
 
3.0
Medicines
Xanax by Pfizer

Xanax is a fairly quick and effective reliever of anxiety for me. It was prescribed several years ago, when I was coping with the uncertain health of a close family member. When I was taking it 3 times/ day, my mood tanked and it was determined to be...

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msaok
May 25, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Overall satisfaction 
 
5.0
Efficacy  
 
5.0
Lack of side effects 
 
3.5
Medicines
Phenergan treats nausea and vomiting

Phenergan is a brand of Promethazine. I keep this med on hand in suppository form for vomiting associated with viral GI infection (aka stomach bug) I use it only if vomiting is persistent and I can't keep down anything by mouth (including a popsicle) I've just found...

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msaok
May 24, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Overall satisfaction 
 
5.0
Efficacy  
 
5.0
Lack of side effects 
 
4.0
Steroid inhaler

Pulmicort has helped dramatically reduce my need for Prednisone to manage my asthma. During allergy season, I take one puff a day to prevent symptoms. If symptoms are already present, I usually start twice/day at 12 hr intervals, in conjunction with the Albuterol inhaler q4 as needed. ...

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msaok
May 24, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Overall satisfaction 
 
5.0
Efficacy  
 
5.0
Lack of side effects 
 
4.0
Rescue inhaler

My asthma has been in very good control for years. Still, I keep an albuterol inhaler with me at all times. If I am ever exposed to known allergans (like cat dander, tree pollen, dust mite #3) I can rapidly need a rescue inhaler. Also if I...

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msaok
May 14, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Overall satisfaction 
 
5.0
Efficacy  
 
4.0
Lack of side effects 
 
5.0
Medicines
OTC for acid reflux

Peptic ulcers resolved but acid reflux persisted...... so I continued to take this med. Without it, I am constantly feeling "heartburn" and needing to pop a Tums. Prilosec is in the Proton Pump Inhibitor class. I take it once per day and I find it to be...

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msaok
May 14, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Overall satisfaction 
 
4.0
Efficacy  
 
4.0
Lack of side effects 
 
5.0
Medicines
Pentasa ...pricey but worked

Pentasa is indicated to treat Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's Disease. It was prescribed to me after I developed ulcers following IV administration of Toradol. The treatment requires ingesting 4 tablets twice per day....so 8 tablets in a day. The cost is prohibitive without Rx insurance, which I...

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msaok
May 14, 2014
Overall rating 
 
2.5
Overall satisfaction 
 
3.0
Efficacy  
 
3.0
Lack of side effects 
 
1.5
Medicines
Fentanyl epidural infusion

I had a PCA pump (after surgery) with this med infusing into my epidural space. At first, it was very effective and I was comfortable. After several hours, I began experiencing pretty severe generalized itching. I expected the infusion to be discontinued at that point, but instead...

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msaok
May 14, 2014
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Overall satisfaction 
 
2.0
Efficacy  
 
4.0
Lack of side effects 
 
1.0
Medicines
Non-narcotic analgesic

This med was administered to me IV push every 6 hours for post-op pain. Pain control was adequate, but I suffered terrible GI distress and after only 4 doses, this med was discontinued. Discontinuation of the drug did not relieve my GI problems. In fact, symptoms...

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msaok
March 13, 2014 (Updated: March 15, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Overall satisfaction 
 
4.0
Efficacy  
 
4.0
Lack of side effects 
 
4.0
Medicines
Effective as part of diabetes regimen

As a caregiver, I administered this medication to my mother, who was an insulin dependent type 2 diabetic. It was originally prescribed to her, shortly after a pharmaceutical rep had introduced it to her family physician. So he had little to no experience with it. His original attempts...

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msaok
February 24, 2014
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Overall satisfaction 
 
1.5
Efficacy  
 
4.0
Lack of side effects 
 
1.5
Medicines
Potential serious side effects

Doxycycline is a broad spectrum antibiotic whose widespread use for acne has created resistance in recent years. My son was prescribed this medication for suspected lyme, which was ultimately ruled out. It had to be discontinued, when it was learned my son had increased intracranial pressure, which is...

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msaok
February 14, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Overall satisfaction 
 
4.0
Efficacy  
 
4.0
Lack of side effects 
 
4.0
Medicines
Atenolol over benzos for me

Atenolol is a beta blocker that reduces the effect of adrenaline. I like it because it lacks sedation properties (unlike the benzos), it can be taken as needed, and tolerance is not an issue. There are many beta blockers, but Atenolol is B1 or cardio-selective which is preferred,...

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msaok
February 09, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Overall satisfaction 
 
5.0
Efficacy  
 
5.0
Lack of side effects 
 
4.0
For nasal stuffiness

I was first prescribed this medication for chronic stuffiness and burning nasal pain, after using OTC decongestant nose spray to treat the common cold. The OTC nasal decongestants cause chemical irritation, especially if used more than twice a day for 3 days. Beconase resolved the inflammation and from then til...

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msaok
February 05, 2014 (Updated: February 07, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Overall satisfaction 
 
2.0
Efficacy  
 
4.0
Lack of side effects 
 
1.0
Medicines
Worked but side effects were prohibitive

The rapid and powerful onset of this medicine was impressive. Therefore, I don't recommend taking it 'til immediately before getting into bed. Unfortunately, I experienced auditory hallucinations and increased anxiety, so I was unable to take it on a long term basis. I didn't try the longer...

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msaok
January 23, 2014 (Updated: January 24, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
1.5
Overall satisfaction 
 
0.5
Efficacy  
 
3.5
Lack of side effects 
 
0.5
Medicines
Not a Go To Drug

I took Theo-Dur (the short acting version of this medication) years ago when I was first diagnosed with asthma and was having "attacks" requiring emergency care. In the hospital, I responded to an IV form of it, so I was discharged on the oral form. Unfortunately, in my...

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