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Re: self-medicating

Posted by shelliR on September 6, 2001, at 11:06:21

In reply to Re: Quite Dangerous!, posted by sl on September 6, 2001, at 9:28:16

These are my thoughts on the subject after participating on PB for a little over a year.

I don't think either Sal or John L. should encourage people to order overseas. I think this post of Sal's was fine because it gave information without direct encouragement. ALL information provided by Sal, JohnL. or anyone, I can only see as helpful, provided it is offered as information.

I've read posts from both these guys, saying, "you should try..." and I read this as is an encouragement--saying forget about what your pdoc says, this is okay to do. I have read posts touting adrafinil, without saying that one should be monitored for possible liver problems, as an example.

I would rather see them encourage people to bring the information they are providing to their pdoc. If their pdoc won't offer support ordering from overseas, then it will be their decision whether to bypass pdoc, find another pdoc, etc.

I am actually less concerned about self-medicating within your own country, because at least you can utilize the pharmacist to help advise on possible problems/interactions.

Almost a year ago, against my pdoc's wishes, I combined nardil with adrafinil. There was someone on the board doing that combination with no hypertensive problems. I did have a hypertensive reaction and although it was not a very serious one, it could have been. If I had had a stroke and died, nobody on the board would have known why I disappeared. I don't blame anyone but myself for putting myself in a dangerous position. The babblers I was learning from on the board, never said you SHOULD do this.





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