There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:
1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?
About 4 years ago I saw the pro/anti statin argument and did a bit of looking into it - as well as asking my cardiologist's opinion. The results then persuaded me that it be best to "keep taking the pill".
This, like many others medications, show that there is no art in the choice of which to take. All one can say if, "Of the n patients taking this medication for y condition x experienced a benefit."
I took Losartan potassium for years on my cardiologist's say-so. Basically because he always seems to prescribe it. I suffered increasingly worse cardiac symptoms on exercise over that period. I stopped taking Losartan a few months ago, my quality of life and ability to do chores (make the bed, walk round the supermarket, walk to my friend's without a half way rest and collapsing on her sofa on arrival, climb the stairs, even carrying the shopping, etc) has improved considerably.
I will worry about the effect on my kidneys later - just watch the potassium input!
Trouble is most GPs follow the herd on medication. They cannot afford to view the patient as an individual unless any side effects are gross and the balance is against use.jaywhat wrote:Yes. Some years ago after reading the press panic about them I went to my doctor and he advised staying on them, so I did. All seems OK.
My GP still recommended nicorandil even after admitting he knew it could cause gastric ulcers - like the one I had.
Quantum Theory: The branch of science with which people who know absolutely sod all about quantum theory can explain anything.
Yes, pharmacists often know more about medications and their effects than doctors. With the problems a friend is having, between high BP and bad side effects, the local pharmacist has noted the frequent change in medication and phones her a few days later if he expects a poor reaction. Just to check or advise.Tetenterre wrote:Last month my pharmacist, doing his annual review, told me of what to look for if I was (after over a decade on the things), developing rhabdomyolysis (bloody rare, but is a research interest of his...), but otherwise advised continuing as now. I respect his advice.