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11/08/2016
Female, 60
Overall satisfaction 4

Arcoxia (etoricoxib)
Low back pain

Satisfaction with
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5
5
4
Often so much pain that I regularly have to spend 3 days lying in bed because I can't walk because of the pain and with this medicine it happens less often, less pain which means you can function better. I am really happy with Arcoxia.
11/08/2016
Male, 50
Overall satisfaction 1

Metformin (metformin hydrochloride)
Diabetes type 2

Satisfaction with
4
3
2
4
Always had problems sleeping but they were usually manageable. After starting metformin my general tiredness slowly got worse and worse. So much so that one day I had to take two days off because I just couldn't function any more. After researching on the Internet found out that metformin is often (increasingly so) prescribed for insomnia. So I decided to stop taking metfo[read more...]rmin. After three days I was more energetic and less tired. Felt almost hyperactive. Resting heart rate of 80 back down to 69. Walking speed (walk lots between work, train and home, 8-9 km a day) from 4.2 km/hour to 5.5 km/hour so physically much more energised.
11/08/2016
Male, 64
Overall satisfaction 2

Esomeprazole (esomeprazole magnesium dihydrate)
Reflux

Satisfaction with
3
1
1
4
2 x 40 mg per day is not enough to completely neutralise the heartburn. Still get stomach pains with it. Recently been given Sucralfate which seems to help a bit.
11/08/2016
Female, 25
Overall satisfaction 2

Nuvaring (ethinylestradiol, etonogestrel)
Contraception / birth control

Satisfaction with
5
3
3
5
I was looking for a contraceptive that I couldn't forget. The ring is really handy compared to the pill which you have to think about every day. But I ended up stopping it because of so many headaches. I was getting them daily in the evening during my week off and now and then throughout the month. Then I stopped (all contraception) and the headaches virtually disappeared.
11/08/2016
Female, 70
Overall satisfaction 3

Anastrozole (anastrozole)
Breast cancer

Satisfaction with
3
2
2
4
after a breast-saving operation and radiotherapy started on tamoxifen, mild side effects in muscles and joints. after two and a half years switched to anastozol. really very bad pain in my joints, above all my feet and knees. tiredness, have very little energy. in 2 and a half years put on 10 kilos. biggest problem is with the stiffness and pain in my feet.
10/08/2016
Female, 41
Overall satisfaction 4

Escitalopram (escitalopram oxalate)
Anxiety & panic disorder

Satisfaction with
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3
4
5
This helps me to sleep really well. If I'm tired, I fall asleep straight away, otherwise it takes half an hour. I do have negative and life-like dreams, almost every night. During the day I suffer with dizziness and blood pressure is a bit low. I bleed really easily and I lose litres of blood every month during my period. The last one I came off them which was nice and it [read more...]wasn't too bad. That's when I figured it out. Before my period very sensitive and irritable, crying a lot. And staring eyes. No headaches any more, which I had when I was on Lexapro.
10/08/2016
Female, 27
Overall satisfaction 2

Pregnyl (human chorionic gonadotrophin)
Pregnancy

Satisfaction with
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2
2
4
I had this because of ICSI. An injection every 3 days. The side effects were bad. To start off with it was just the obstipation, but after a while the hot flushes started, then the nausea. Just like regular pregnancy symptoms.
10/08/2016
Female, 66
Overall satisfaction 2

Sotalol (sotalol hydrochloride)
Atrial fibrillation

Satisfaction with
1
3
3
5
In 2001 I had a really bad fibrillation. After that I regularly had them once or twice a year. In November 2015 the attack lasted for a really long time, too long according to the GP. So in consultation with the cardiologist started taking sotalol. Within 1 month I had another attack. And again in July. So I'm not convinced about the effectiveness of this drug. Going to se[read more...]e cardiologist soon.