The Myth of Medicine

Why are we comfortable with the mystery of medicine but not the mysteries of the human body?

Our body is so forgiving. It muscles through incalculable stress. Supports endless anxieties and sugary overloads and alcoholic mishaps. It gets dragged to every misadventure our mind can imagine and is still tasked with the job of keeping us breathing, digesting, moving, sleeping. 

Then for whatever reason we notice that one of the body's tasks is faltering, sputtering, stuttering. We stop wanting the anxiety that we've so diligently built. We want to get sick less often, but want to be able to eat junk food. We want to perform sudden tasks and movements for which we've physically prepared not at all. 

Fortunately, if you open a magazine, turn on your television, or log in to the endless world of internet, there's a solution. It's a wonder drug. It's a problem solver. It's the antidote for your problems. The side-effects to this antidote seem kinda long though, don't they? Even for simple ol' Sudafed, they seem kind of intense:  

  • "nervousness, 
  • restlessness or excitability (especially in children), 
  • dizziness, 
  • headache, 
  • fear, 
  • anxiety, 
  • loss of appetite, 
  • sleep problems (insomnia), 
  • skin rash, 
  • itching, 
  • tremors, 
  • hallucinations, 
  • convulsions (seizures), 
  • nausea, 
  • vomiting, and 
  • flushing (warmth, tingling, or redness under your skin).

Sudafed usual dose is one tablet every 12 hours. Sudafed drug interactions include monoamine oxidase inhibitors or MAOIs (for example, isocarboxazid [Marplan]), serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (for example, venlafaxine [Effexor]), bronchodilators (for example, albuterol [Proventil]), blood pressure medications (such as beta blockers [Atenolol]) and calcium channel blockers [for example, verapamil]). Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using Sudafed; it is unknown if Sudafed will harm a fetus. Sudafed passes into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Sudafed Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088."

from https://www.rxlist.com/sudafed-side-effects-drug-center.htm

Sudafed is for congestion: "Sudafed (pseudoephedrine HCI) is a decongestant prescribed for the temporary relief of nasalcongestion due to the common coldhay fever, and sinus congestion."

The number of side-effects massively outnumbers the number of ailments it addresses (note that it doesn't CURE anything). 

If your friend or sibling were married to someone with a good-to-balance ratio like this you'd tell them to make a break for it. There they were, lonely (ailment), and being with someone soothed some of that loneliness (relief of symptom). But the Significant Other came with some issues: 

  • nervousness, 
  • restlessness or excitability, 
  • passive-aggressiveness, 
  • manipulative, 
  • fear-mongering, 
  • cruelty, 
  • paranoia, 
  • narcissism, 
  • pettiness, 
  • depression, 
  • suicidal thoughts, 
  • anti-social, 
  • instability, 
  • impatient, 
  • laziness, and 
  • violent tendencies.

Significant Other interactions include yelling at servers at restaurants, being unkind to animals, calling their boss names, swearing in front of children. Tell your doctor if you have children or plant have children; it is unknown if Significant Other will harm a child. Significant Other makes lewd remarks at a woman nursing a baby. Consult your friends before dating Significant Other.

There is plenty of information on the potential side effects when dating this type of person. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your therapist for advice.

This is warped and sad. Your friend or sibling can do so much better and they are selling themselves beyond short. And every time we ingest medicine outside of a life-threatening situation we take on Significant Other Effects. Side effects are damage. They are compromising your body just like stress, anxiety, sugar, alcohol, and so forth do. We sign up and pay for this.

Maggie Frank