This week I'm wondering why drug companies tippy toe around issues, passing out safety information along with long lines of text saying nearly nothing that's really helpful.
Case in point for me this week is Astra Zenica, the drug company that makes the anti-tumor medication that I'm having problems adjusting to. Let's just say that the side effects are dramatic, but the other option is doing nothing to discourage invasive cancer cells from popping up in unhandy places.
So I want to give it my best shot, and looked to the website for more information about how changing the timing of dosage, or _something_ might have proven helpful to some of the thousands who have already had experience with this drug.
I was less than impressed with the suggestions / information on their "in your corner" patient support website.
Their "Coping tips" for side effect consists pretty much of the following
- "Talk to your doctor to discuss treatment options, such as over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or prescription pain relievers."
- "Apply a little heat. Try using a heat pack or taking a hot shower"
Considering they've also been talking about the hot flashes and sweating, this just does not seem too helpful. Somehow I think that those aren't the kind of caring, creative, inventive, or even technical, nor especially smart things I was looking for from inside the company which should have all sorts of data from numerous patients who have taken the drug!
This stuff though? I'm pretty sure almost all their patients came up with these ideas on our own a couple of days ago before we decided to pull out all the stops and really try to get rid of the pain, heat, nausea, headache, moodiness, dizziness and all the rest by hook or by crook.
I have the scary feeling that we're on our own here, ladies.