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The independent platform for sharing experiences with medicines

The independent platform for sharing experiences with medicines

Experiences with medicines

What is your experience of medication?
Have you suffered from side effects or only had positive experiences?

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16/05/2017
Male, 44
Overall satisfaction 1

Metoprolol Tartrate (metoprolol tartrate)
Heart failure (HF)

Satisfaction with
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2
3
5
I've been on Metoprolol since 2012, as well as Ramipril and Spirinolacton because of heart failure. Since then, the pump function of my heart has fallen to just 17% and the dose has been increased to 200 mg a day. This gave me very low blood pressure and I was really tired and short. After talking to the doctor, we reduced this to 50 mg. Pump function went back up to 35%.[read more...] I work full time. And it's my intention to use as few medicines as possible. But first of all, I want to reduce the metoprolol.
16/05/2017
Female, 54
Overall satisfaction 3

Levothyroxine (levothyroxine sodium)
Hypothyroidism

Satisfaction with
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5
5
3
I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid. The doctor started me on a low dose, 12.5 mg. I am always careful about what I eat, make sure I keep active, but I haven't lost any weight, if anything, I'm putting it on!! So I am really hoping this will help me. Any one else here experienced this? And how long does it take before the medicine starts working? Thanks in advance,[read more...] marlie
16/05/2017
Female, 31
Overall satisfaction 5

Evra (ethinylestradiol, norelgestromin)
Contraception / birth control

Satisfaction with
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5
5
5
Really simple and easy to use. Stick a plaster on once a week, I always used to forget to take my pills regularly and now I don't have to. Been using Evra for more than 10 years and I've never had any side effects or problems. No one can see the plaster and it stays on well, even when swimming or showering. A while ago I stopped it for about a year and a half because we wa[read more...]nted a child. Stopping was fine, no problems at all. It did take a long time for us to get pregnant though, on the advice of the GP, stopped the pill 6 months before we started trying. But since then we've got ourselves a daughter and I've started back with the Evra plaster. I'd recommend it to everyone!
16/05/2017
Male, 35
Overall satisfaction 3

Lormetazepam (lormetazepam)
Insomnia

Satisfaction with
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3
2
5
Was prescribed this medicine by the neurologist for insomnia, it was very effective and I noticed that my daily headaches came less frequently. Now I got a higher dose, in the beginning with mild side-effects, the longer I use it the worse my memory loss is, started with me passing out every evening. The following day I lost an hour before I went to bed. 10 years later con[read more...]tinuing memory loss, forget everything (I'm 35). This drug definitely relaxes you, calms you down, sleep well. but you need more and more because you become tolerant to it.
15/05/2017
Male, 43
Overall satisfaction 4

Ritalin (methylphenidate hydrochloride)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Satisfaction with
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2
3
4
Because of the pressure in my head and my impulsive behaviour, I talk a lot but it's often difficult for me to get to the point, and I'm really easily distracted. I get a chased feeling when I know there's something I should be doing. Almost paranoid-like. Had loads of therapy, lots of worry, sometimes over nothing. Feel worthless, my last experience at the addiction centr[read more...]e I was frequently disappointed. I have had a lot of benefit from CBT and I find routine and clarity really helpful, better if I'm surrounded by structure, because this pressure chases the thoughts around my head but I need to learn to live with it.
15/05/2017
Male, 75
Overall satisfaction 1

Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate mesilate)
Atrial fibrillation

Satisfaction with
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1
2
5
Nausea, over-tiredness, dizziness, irritable, breathless, poor sleep. Got to go back to the neurologist on 1 June, I'm going to tell him that I'm stopping with this, I'd rather be dead because this is no life.
15/05/2017
Female, 47
Overall satisfaction 3

Ethinylestradiol - Levonorgestrel (ethinylestradiol/levonorgestrel)
Contraception / birth control

Satisfaction with
5
3
4
5
after 28 years of being on the pill, switched to the mirena and from the first day I felt better, not that I didn't have any problems with is but life felt better with fewer hormones, lost 2 kilos so no tummy any more and my libido is back, no more periods and bad moods. So, don't just carry on taking the pill for years, regardless.
15/05/2017
Female, 37
Overall satisfaction 5

Azithromycin (azithromycin monohydrate)
Chlamydia

Satisfaction with
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5
5
5
No bad side effects in itself, just that 2 hours after taking it and after eating, we both got diarrhoea. (I'm not that bad a cook either ;-) )I had it once, my partner twice. But no problems after that. Now I'm just wondering if the pills can have actually done their job?