Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Am I being begged to be non-compliant or what?
So when the pharmacist dispensed the meds I’m to take as a result of my little bout of sickness this weekend, she warned, “DO NOT EAT ANY DAIRY WITH THIS ONE!” When I got home, as is my wont, I immediately sat down and read each of the product monographs, so I could decide for myself whether or not I’ll actually be compliant and take the meds prescribed for me (yeah, I’m a lousy patient). The monograph for that particular product reads (their emphasis): “AVOID TAKING THIS MEDICINE with milk or milk products, e.g., calcium-enriched juice, yogurt, by themselves. However, taking this medicine as part of a full meal that contains milk or milk products is permitted.” Huh? It’s not as if I can wash down the big ole horse pill with a glass of milk while scarfing down a steak, because in addition to the meds, I’ve been put on a liquid diet for 7 days…a MILK BASED liquid diet. Aaaarrrggghhh! I should have gone to med school myself; I swear I’d never have treated patients like this.