Reviews written by msaok

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Medicines
Reviewed by msaok     May 25, 2014

Relevant Brand Name and Medical Condition

Brand Name
Xanax
Medical Condition
Anxiety

Additional Information

How long have you taken this medicine for?
More than 2 years
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Overall satisfaction 
 
5.0
Efficacy  
 
5.0
Lack of side effects 
 
3.0

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...

Medicines
Reviewed by msaok     May 25, 2014

Relevant Brand Name and Medical Condition

Brand Name
Phenergan
Medical Condition
Nausea / Vomiting

Additional Information

How long have you taken this medicine for?
More than 2 years
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Overall satisfaction 
 
5.0
Efficacy  
 
5.0
Lack of side effects 
 
3.5

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...

Reviewed by msaok     May 24, 2014

Relevant Brand Name and Medical Condition

Brand Name
Pulmicort Flexhaler
Medical Condition
Asthma

Additional Information

How long have you taken this medicine for?
More than 2 years
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. ...

Reviewed by msaok     May 24, 2014

Relevant Brand Name and Medical Condition

Brand Name
Ventolin HFA
Medical Condition
Asthma

Additional Information

How long have you taken this medicine for?
More than 2 years
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...

Medicines
Reviewed by msaok     May 14, 2014

Relevant Brand Name and Medical Condition

Brand Name
Prilosec
Medical Condition
Duodenal Ulcer

Additional Information

How long have you taken this medicine for?
More than 2 years
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Overall satisfaction 
 
5.0
Efficacy  
 
4.0
Lack of side effects 
 
5.0

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...

Medicines
Reviewed by msaok     May 14, 2014

Relevant Brand Name and Medical Condition

Brand Name
Pentasa
Medical Condition
Crohn's Disease - Acute

Additional Information

How long have you taken this medicine for?
6 months - 2 years
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Overall satisfaction 
 
4.0
Efficacy  
 
4.0
Lack of side effects 
 
5.0

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...

Medicines
Reviewed by msaok     May 14, 2014

Relevant Brand Name and Medical Condition

Brand Name
Sublimaze
Medical Condition
Pain

Additional Information

How long have you taken this medicine for?
0-1 months
Overall rating 
 
2.5
Overall satisfaction 
 
3.0
Efficacy  
 
3.0
Lack of side effects 
 
1.5

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...

Medicines
Reviewed by msaok     May 14, 2014

Relevant Brand Name and Medical Condition

Brand Name
Toradol
Medical Condition
Pain

Additional Information

How long have you taken this medicine for?
0-1 months
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Overall satisfaction 
 
2.0
Efficacy  
 
4.0
Lack of side effects 
 
1.0

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...

Medicines
Reviewed by msaok     March 13, 2014
Last updated: March 15, 2014

Additional Information

How long have you taken this medicine for?
More than 2 years
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Overall satisfaction 
 
4.0
Efficacy  
 
4.0
Lack of side effects 
 
4.0

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...

Medicines
Reviewed by msaok     February 24, 2014

Relevant Brand Name and Medical Condition

Brand Name
Vibramycin
Medical Condition
Lyme Disease

Additional Information

How long have you taken this medicine for?
0-1 months
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Overall satisfaction 
 
1.5
Efficacy  
 
4.0
Lack of side effects 
 
1.5

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...

Medicines
Reviewed by msaok     February 14, 2014

Relevant Brand Name and Medical Condition

Brand Name
Tenormin
Medical Condition
Anxiety

Additional Information

How long have you taken this medicine for?
More than 2 years
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Overall satisfaction 
 
4.0
Efficacy  
 
4.0
Lack of side effects 
 
4.0

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,...

Reviewed by msaok     February 09, 2014

Relevant Brand Name and Medical Condition

Brand Name
Beconase AQ
Medical Condition
Allergic Rhinitis

Additional Information

How long have you taken this medicine for?
More than 2 years
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...

Medicines
Reviewed by msaok     February 06, 2014
Last updated: February 07, 2014

Additional Information

How long have you taken this medicine for?
0-1 months
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Overall satisfaction 
 
2.0
Efficacy  
 
4.0
Lack of side effects 
 
1.0

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...

Medicines
Reviewed by msaok     January 23, 2014
Last updated: January 24, 2014

Relevant Brand Name and Medical Condition

Brand Name
Theo-Dur
Medical Condition
Asthma

Additional Information

How long have you taken this medicine for?
1 month - 6 months
Overall rating 
 
1.5
Overall satisfaction 
 
0.5
Efficacy  
 
3.5
Lack of side effects 
 
0.5

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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