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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

side effects and automatic renewals

since i retired 10 years ago and got started on aricept (donepezil) for my mci due to alzheimers disease i have gradually had more meds added to my regimen
cholesterol meds blood pressure meds acid reflux meds steroid eye drops for iritis and now i have another med added to help my stomach work better to digest my foods 

i use a well known pharmacy since its a few blogs away and i can just walk up there to get my meds
and other things i might need at the pharmacy

so i signed up online for auto renewal

at first it worked well so that once every 3 months i would go once to get all my meds

that did well until i got sick
i had gone off all my meds and when i restarted them they were all restarted differently
then my blood pressure dropped low when i was sick then later it went too high
my blood pressure meds were increased then decreased then eventually stopped
this required different doses of meds

then they started me on a new med for my stomach to increase my appetite and to make the stomach work better
it made me feel like i was smoking weed all day long so it was stopped
then they put me on a new one that did the same thing but it was tapered down to a lower dose and seems to work better
my appetite and my weight have improved

now though my auto renewal is all messed up
the problem is stopping it from happening
i walked in and talked to the pharmacist
i called and talked to the pharmacist
i went on line and canceled all my auto renewal refills
none of this works so they just fill them and hold them for 6 days then put them back on the shelf
all those meds im not taking anymore
so now when i need my meds i go online and request a refill

i told my wife she i am glad i am a doctor and understand my meds and how they work and what the side effects are 
im afraid i would probably be overdosed by now

i thought about it a lot recently as my meds are getting adjusted
i wonder how many folks have been made ill by taking meds wrong and taking meds that were discontinued

then all those side effects

first let me say i apologize for not recognizing how these side effects affect folks lives
i think you really dont know until you have to take them yourself like i did
thats when i learned a lot about the meds i was taking

the aricept (donepezil) has a lot of side effects that are worse the first month you take it then they get better over time
thats what happened to me since now i have minimal symptoms
had i not known i probably would have quit it the first month

the first stomach pill that made me feel like i was on weed was first given to me at a high dose but i knew it would be too much and asked for a lower one 
even then it turned out to be too high

the next stomach pill which seems now to work i myself cut in half and took it at the half dose
the full dose made me feel stoned the half dose does not
i thought about older folks getting put on these meds and just keep on taking them 
my guess is that things dont turn out well for them

then my blood pressure slowly dropped as i have lost weight
as i lost weight i had to slowly drop the dose down as i followed my blood pressure
this i did with the knowledge of my primary care doctor
but i wonder what would have happened had i not known all of this

now i take only four regular prescription meds one of those an eye drop
i refill them by ordering them on line when i need them

no auto renewal refills for me now
i understand the side effects of the meds that i take

im not sure what you folks do that are not medical people
i wonder how many of yall have got harmed by these drugs side effects

the organicgreen doctor

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