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The Unforeseen Difficulties in Medication Management

Drugs Vs. Medication

During my last checkup, I was having a conversation with my family practice physician. I was inquiring “What is the best time of day to take my drug . . . ,” when he uncharacteristically interrupted me and corrected my question: “When is it best to take your MEDICATION.”  Being very confused, I asked him: “Aren’t they both the same thing?”

I learned that there is actually a significant difference. He explained that it’s difficult in getting patients to stay on their prescribed medications.  Over the years, he has learned that what one calls a treatment has a large impact.

Drugs are items that one can purchase either off the shelf or illegally on the streets. Medication is the therapeutic agent prescribed by a physician as treatment for a medical condition. Due to the current cultural climate with names like “The War on Drugs,” terminology of “drugs” sounds nefarious in nature. Children are often confused as to why a physician has told their parent to take “drugs.”

Medications and Their Baggage

Certain medications are typically easier for patients to accept. When one is diagnosed with relapsing/remitting MS, there is usually a high compliance in taking these medications. People do not feel that being diagnosed with MS is a sign of weakness.

Symptom management therapies are a whole other ball game. There are strong emotions attached to certain symptoms. People often feel they are “weak” when they are unable to push themselves to overcome certain symptoms. It affects their desire to take the medication. Symptoms of sleepiness, depression, and pain are directly caused by MS and narcolepsy. There should never be any moral judgments placed upon those who are proactive enough to treat their illness.

One Physician to Oversee Them All

My blood pressure (BP) had been steadily rising this past winter and my family practice physician has been quite concerned. Despite my best effort in watching diet and fitness, nothing helped.

I began brainstorming and realized something. Recently, I had increased my stimulant medication. It was prescribed by my sleep physician and I had only reported the maximum dose to my family practice doctor when I first started taking it. I had neglected to inform him that I had been told to adjust the dosage based upon symptoms, and I started with about half the prescribed dose. During the winter, I had increased my dosage to the maximum.  Upon this realization, I scaled back by dosage and my BP quickly returned to its previous level.

Learning and Growing

This was a very important learning experience. My physician was about to put me on a powerful BP medication with a host of possible side effects. These would then need additional medications to counteract them. If I had only kept him fully apprised, since a rise in BP is a known side effect of the stimulant, all of this stress could have been avoided. Glad it was corrected before things spiraled out of control. 

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