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Experiences with medicines

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16/04/2018
Female, 24
Overall satisfaction 5

Zopiclone (zopiclone)
Depression

Satisfaction with
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5
5
5
I went through a stage of strong depression and believe this medication saved my life! One night I couldn't cope with my feelings and was in a hysterical state. I took a tablet and automatically started calming down and got sleepy- I finally had a good nights sleep since then. I might have woke up once or twice in the night but was still sleepy so managed to get back to sl[read more...]eep. On the bad night I woke up about four hours later and took another half pill. They recommend taking one or two max per day. If anyone is ever suffering like I did take one. Lack of sleep does crazy things to people and my state of mind has increasingly improved since starting this course and through my strong depression, I knew it wouldn't last through the night, I had something to help me cope. If you are prescribed this, it is definitely worth a go. Takes about half an hour for me to start calming down on it and within the hour I'm definitely ready for bed! Good luck!
09/04/2018
Male, 67
Overall satisfaction 1

Fostair (beclometasone dipropionate, formoterol fumarate dihydrate)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Satisfaction with
5
1
1
5
started really well, then sore throat after 2 days , turned into swollen glands in throat difficulty in swallowing, fungal infection in mouth, but most of all really bad indigestion, tried pharmacist no help so back to GP for serratide
04/04/2018
Female, 29
Overall satisfaction 3

Zopiclone (zopiclone)
Insomnia

Satisfaction with
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4
4
5
I've been taking zopiclone since 2010 for my insomnia that was caused by anxiety and depression. At first I was on 7.5mg a day and it worked really well than it wasn't working as well so my doctor switched me to quetiapine as an alternative. I was on 75mg of that and it worked well but it is also an antipsychotic so I wasnt on it long. When I went back to zopiclone I was g[read more...]iven 7.5mg x2 a night. It doesn't hit me as fast and I still get to sleep later than I want but it does work better than nothing. About a week ago I was given Sublinox 10mg rapid release (dissolved on my tongue) it worked fantastic as it put me to sleep within an hour and I slept through the night with no waking up. Unfortunately, I had side effects to that which were nausea, dry mouth, headache, and muscle pain. I'm now back on Zopiclone 7.5mgx2 and the only side effect I have is bitter taste but I don't notice it anymore since being on this for 8 years.
28/03/2018
Female, 54
Overall satisfaction 1

Flucloxacillin (flucloxacillin sodium)
Impetigo

Satisfaction with
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2
1
5
Prescribed for impetigo beside mouth. I thought earache on day 4-5 was another infection it was only helped by holding something hot against ear, finished course & asked at chemist and GP's they didn't know cause. Looked online found floxie poisoning is high in over 50's. I was depressed as unable to go to gym and twitching at work with neuralgia. I then took good qual[read more...]ity multivitamins with magnesium and drank daily 500ml green juice with vitamin E. Ate lots of Sesame snacks. fish, salad and only low amount of junk food for 2 weeks (chocolate caused earache to come back with a vengeance 1st week.) I do not drink alcohol. Symptoms eased off and all gone now 4 weeks later. Back to yoga and small amounts chocolate. :)
02/03/2018
Male, 64
Overall satisfaction 5

Fostair (beclometasone dipropionate, formoterol fumarate dihydrate)
Asthma

Satisfaction with
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5
5
5
I have had mild asthma for over 30 years(I'm 64) and have always used brown and blue inhalers. Brown preventers never really worked so I used 3 to 4 puffs of the reliever a day. Three months ago my new GP prescribed Fostair and from the first puff I have had no wheeziness at all, not even a trace of it. GP prescribed 4 puffs a day which I cut down to 2 after a month then [read more...]to just one. Occasionally I even forget to take just the one puff with no return to wheeziness. I am now thinking of reducing to one puff every other day. There have been no side effects and to me, this has been a 100% success.
25/02/2018
Male, 50
Overall satisfaction 4

Sertraline (sertraline hydrochloride)
Depression

Satisfaction with
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3
3
4
It nubs dark and depressing emotions. In my case, after just a couple of weeks, it has somehow stabilized my mood. Not a great improvement but I have much less ups and downs. Effective against sadness, I was feeling very sad at all times. Not so effective against not feeling capable of doing anything. Less anxious. By now, just 25mg every morning, combined with 2.5mg of di[read more...]azepam at night. Headaches come and go, still have them from time to time.
16/02/2018
Female, 50
Overall satisfaction 3

Ferinject (Ferric carboxymaltose)
Anaemia (iron deficiency)

Satisfaction with
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2
3
2
Hi, im a very active healthy but iron deficient 50 yr old,had infusion Wednesday morn, by that evening a little nauseated, then stomach cramps and nausea(mild), for 2 days. spent day 3 on the bed feeling really unwell. slight ongoing headache. nausea got worse with muscle aches and stomach cramps.-.not too intense side effects but impacting- called in sick for work sat. [read more...]its now day 4, still waves of nausea and stomach cramps. but feel its starting to settle.
19/01/2018
Female, 38
Overall satisfaction 1

Cerazette (desogestrel)
Contraception / birth control

Satisfaction with
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1
2
5
I first started taking this pill in April 2017, I suffered hot flushes really badly and felt generally unwell, I was getting light bleeding ever 2 -3 week lasting 7-10 days, 60 days after starting to take it, I developed hives, they were quite bad and I was suffering ever day with them,y doctor didn’t think it was caused by cerazette as I had been tAking it for a couple of[read more...] months before they developed, I continued on for a while, but was getting other side effects such as palpations and nausea extreme tiredness and a general feeling of Being unwell, I decided to stop and within a couple of days these symptoms went, apart from the hives which did eventually settle but didn’t fully go away. In October I decided to try again as my periods are horrendous and I’d prefer the light bleeding to my terrible periods, I felt a bit unwell but not as bed as last time, but on day 14 I got the horrendous hives back, again my gp said it was unlikely but to experiment and stop for a while then take again and see what happens, I stopped taking it on about the 16th day. I decided to bite the bullet and give it another go, and I have felt utterly rotten, exhausted, dizzy, hot flushes, tense body, nausea and by the 15th day (today) I’m joe suffering again with terrible hives, they are popping up here there and making my life utterly miserable. I’m convinced cerazette is causing this and today it’s going straight in the bin tonight!!!