You are on your own with Generics.
All month I have taken a keen interest in the logistics of generic drugs. I am weaning myself off them which I have been forewarned is a major No-No.
This was instigated from the realization that my latest script for Cozaar Losartan caused side effects as if I were just starting a new drug. My research uncovered amazing stories of persons with the same concerns.
Generic drug companies change. The main ingredient in the drug supposedly does not, but the fillers, size, color can and most likely will.
A bit of my health history.
In 2009 I passed out while working at Home Depot. I had taken a barrage of cold medicines so I could work. Two days later I am hospitalized with BP of 231/128. I am immediately put on Lopressor which made me almost immediately gain 20 pounds and had other annoying side effects. A year later I had severe muscle cramps and nerve damage in my hands and feet. I was always dizzy and was NOT spinning right round so too speak.
I am feeling so rested. Actually I slept better than I have in years. Last night I noticed my mouth wasn’t dry as cotton. My legs and arms did not HURT so badly. My stomach ache is gone and regular elimination is back.
Symptoms and side effects of what I now know to have been from Losartan Blood Pressure meds. 50 mg once a day with a baby aspirin 81 mg to top it off. Every day for the past 6 years.
My BP is fine so far actually the numbers are looking even better.
I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 1998.
I no longer drink.
I am a smoker of less than a pack a day.
Leg ablation were done on both legs due to a malady called leaky vessels. My ankles and feet were swollen everyday for years. I could barely walk.
My days and nights collided.
My social life plummeted.
Since 2009 all these sides have at one time or all the time invaded my world.
Each time I voiced my concerns I was prescribed something else that in effect severely clashed with Losartan.
All vitamins and Doctor prescribed scripts are in a drawer hidden away.
Losartan 50 mg
Warnings and Precautions :
Caution should be exercised in patients with history of blood vessel problems, poor blood circulation, fluid retention, heart, liver or kidney problems
Warnings and Precautions :
Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart disease, high blood pressure, nervous disease, liver or kidney disease.
Will increase the level or effect of losartan oral by altering drug metabolism.
Still had spasms
Like I was drugged on a overdose of heroin. Very slow moving, dizzy, weak, very tired somaication, Incoherent, off balance, heart palpitations.
Lowered blood pressure, both feet spasms. Dry mouth, like it was stuffed with cotton.
Using Fluconazole together with Tizanidine can increase the risk of an irregular heart rhythm that may be serious.
Slept all the time. After a week couldn’t sleep. Up all hours. Feet swelling and 20 pound weight gain in just a month.
Prescription Potassium Extended Release
The above supplements can cause high levels of potassium in your blood. High levels of potassium can cause weakness, irregular heartbeat, confusion, tingling of the extremities, or feelings of heaviness in the legs.
Prescribed for urine leakage and urgency (Bladder)
One week later suffered from severe urinary tract infection.
Generic (Wellbutrin) Budeprion XL 300
For state of mind and smoking cessation
Weird and psychotic feelings
After regime with Losartan I experienced:
Tickly throat and annoying cough
Stuffed, dry nasal passages
Shortness of breath
(Meaning~sleepy, drowsy. Tending to cause sleep.
A condition of semi consciousness approaching coma. In a condition of incomplete sleep; semi comatose
Numbness and tingling in hands and feet
Cold sensations in legs especially left foot and area above left knee
Terrible cramping and spasms in left hand and both feet felt like little broken bones.
Could not put weight on either.
Tired all the time
Swelling of calves, ankles and feet
Retention of urine
Feelings of doom and depression
I never considered it could have been caused in effect by a prescribed drug by a doctor I trusted.
Today I am in charge folks. I want quality in my life not so many side effects from generics that do more harm than good.
I am 66 years old.
I am 5′ 6 in. I have lost 25 pounds. I eat nutritious foods
Aware of hidden sugars
Limit all sweets
Read the book “Selling Sickness”.
Most importantly please remember that Generic drug companies are exempt from being sued for serious reactions and sometimes death.
“Patients will now be taking generic drugs at their own risk,” said American Association for Justice President Gibson Vance. “It is absurd that doctors and patients will have to make medical decisions knowing that only brand-name drug manufacturers – not generics – can be held accountable for their drugs’ dangerous side-effects.”