Doctors Prescribed Overload Medicines to Me. I had to adjust medicines by myself.
From 2002 until now, I have transfered six different dialysis centers in San Diego country. Nephrologists at these clinics had prescribed many different types of medications for my high blood pressure:
Norvasc (or Amlodipine Besylate 10mg)
Labetalol HCL (200mg)
Lisinopril (40mg) ---> a dangerous medicine for kidney patients [Dr. Dylan L. Steer prescribed for me from October, 8th 2007]
Catapres-TTS - 3 (clonidine) ---> [ Before you take Catapres, tell your doctor if you have heart disease or severe coronary artery disease, a heart rhythm disorder, a history of heart attack or stroke, kidney disease, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a clonidine transdermal skin patch (Catapres TTS)... Catapres can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert...Central and Peripheral Nervous System/Psychiatric: Delirium; mental depression;
hallucinations (including visual and auditory); localized numbness; vivid dreams or nightmares;restlessness; anxiety; agitation; irritability; other behavioral changes; and drowsiness.]
I have been tired of taking more medicines while my blood pressure's been increased years by year. Many times I have asked my Nephrologists to reduce, adjust, or exchange my medicines to smaller doze, but no Nephrologists wanted to do it for me.
Six months ago, I decided to adjust medication secretly by myself. Now my blood pressure is a lot better (as Dr. Karl Tsha-Ning Sun's and the assistant of Dr. Terry L. Behrend's agreements recently), and at the same time I have saved a lot of medicines (Picture 1).
Yesterday (Friday March 5, 2010) I asked my current Nephrologist's assistant to adjust my medications, but she said no, since my blood pressure has been getting very good for last couple months. I wish I adjusted my medicines 8 years ago!
Someday, I will return these saving medicines to CVS pharmacy (Hurray! I'd saved thousands of dollars for Government already - from Picture 1 - Catapres-TTS-3 costs $238.32 for 4 patchs; Labetalol costs $93.41 for 270 tablets)
"There is a good thing in a bad thing" That's true for me. When I was in BHC, San Diego Scripps Mercy Hospital. I met three doctors: kidney doctor, medicine doctor and psychological doctor. The medicine doctor told me that the doze of Renagel 800 mg that I had been taken for many years was too much: 3 times per day. 5 pills for each time. Then he reduced the doze to one pill each time. Three pills per day only.
Renagel has many bad side effects. I am going to find out which doctor prescribed me that over doze and for what reason.