Tuesday, August 02, 2005


Well if that isn't a mouth full of words. Methylprednisolone is a fancy word for Medrol. It is taken for allergic disorders; blood diseases; breathing problems; certain cancers; eye diseases; intestinal disorders; collagen and skin diseases. Methylprednisolone is a corticosteroid hormone (glucocorticoid). I hurt my back and this is what I got to cure it!

Nervous breakdown suicide is just the side effect I am having that may be the mental/mood changes (e.g., mood swings, depression, agitation and some sleep problems with a touch of dizziness).

So I called my doctor and reported the side effect symptoms.

After 4 or 5 hours the nurse calls back and says, "We do not know what the side effects are." Call your pharmacist "tomorrow" if the symptoms continue!


This is where giving medication and taking medication has evolved to. The patient must read the enclosed medication literature, have some side effects and then educate the doctor on the medication he perscribed. It makes sense because the poor doctor perscribes so much medicine how can he keep up with all the uses, side effects and the precautions these medicines may cause. I mean if you look at the Physicians Desk Reference Book (PDR) you will see hundreds possibly thousands of medications listed. What is a poor doctor to do?

So what if a patient has a nervous breakdown and then commits suicide! It cannot be the doctors fault because it is not his responsibility to know anything about the medicine he perscribes.

It then falls to the Pharmacist! He is responsible because he gives out the medicine the doctor writes down on a small square bit of paper.

The patient. Well either he survives the cure or is buried in the perscribed undertaker box.

Maybe going back to using leeches and blood letting isn't such a bad idea after all!!!