Saturday, April 22, 2006

He's the One they Call Dr. Feelgood
Mrs. Rants and I are heading down to Belize in a few weeks for a vacation. Since we are staying in the jungle we decided to take some anti-malarial medication. Our doctor prescribed us both Lariam which seems to have quite the profile of nasty side effects:
- headache, nausea, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, vivid dreams, and visual disturbances.
- serious side effects: seizures, depression, and psychosis.

After researching up on this medicine, and that fact that the
CDC website recommends a different drug chloroquine we called up our doctor to get our prescriptions changed. Man, was he hesitant! It was like pulling teeth convincing him that we needed something other than Lariam. Several phone calls. I had to walk him through the CDC website to prove to him that the government recommends chloroquine and not Lariam. He was intent on medicating me into a paranoid state for my vacation!!! I can see it now,

"Honey, you can come out from hiding underneath the beach chair. The dragons have stopped firebombing...."
Well anyways, in our confrontation with our doctor, we won. Chloroquine it is.


At 5:02 PM, Blogger YouWho said...

Bah! You should just do as the good ole Brits -- Gin and Tonic, breakfast, lunch, (tea time) and dinner.

At 10:45 AM, Blogger carpoolguy said...

"...anxiety, vivid dreams,... visual disturbances... depression, and psychosis." How would you notice the difference?


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