Who to believe- my doc or my pharmacist or random people in my life?
March 13, 2013 9:40 AM Subscribe
Should I keep pouring different meds into my poor body to fight this beast of a chest cold?
posted by silverstatue to health & fitness (26 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
YANMD and YANMPharmacist. That being said, I need advice. I have been crazy sick for the past 2.5 weeks. It started off as just a sniffly cold. Then in the 2nd week, it escalated into a really bad cough and congestion. I went to my doctor and he gave me three prescriptions - for Robutussin with Codeine, for Advair (an inhaler) and for Prednisone. He said to try the first two for a few days and then if I wasn’t feeling better, to go to the Prednisone.
I went to the pharmacist and tried to fill the first two. The pharmacist was shocked that my doctor had prescribed the inhaler, given the fact that I don’t have asthma or allergies, and was extremely reluctant to fill it. We only filled the Robitussin. I took the robotussin for 4 days. It did nothing and I got worse. Finally that Saturday (2 week mark from getting sick), I filled the prednisone prescription. It’s a 10 day cycle and today is day 5. I've been really bad the past 4 days but today I have for the first time started to feel slightly better.
This is where things got stupid. I mentioned to some friends last night that I'm on prednisone and they freaked out saying it lowers my immune system and I'm just putting myself at risk for something worse and I should be on antibiotics, etc.
I called my doctor this morning and he said that I was supposed to be taking the Advair and prednisone together and should get the advair right away and start taking it too. I am terrified to put yet another drug into my body. The congestion DOES seem to be breaking up a bit as of this morning, but I'm still sneezing and coughing my brains out.
My question is: Do I A. stop taking all meds, since I feel like my poor body is going to explode from all this crap. B. Keep on with the prednisone and hope that things will clear up, even though everyone tells me that it’s a steroid and super bad for me. C. go to pharmacist and try to get him to fill the Advair and go on that too even though he was 100% against it. or D. Go back to my doctor tonight and have him re-evaluate me.
I know the go-to advice is to see a doctor, but.. my doctor seems to be in conflict with everyone else I talk to.