Recently, at Family Weekend, we had a guest speaker (a prescriber) to parents about meds.
It was interesting to hear how meds are developed, and how they are used off label.
It was frightening to hear about the possible side effects and interactions they can have.
It was educational to hear how long it might take for a new med to work. (My daughter thinks meds work as soon as you swallow them – like in the commercials.)
It was horrifying to hear that generics can contain only 70% of the active compound and still be considered “equivalent.” And it was equally horrifying to hear how many of the drugs are manufactured in China and India – far from the eyes of American inspectors.
My daughter’s meds have been helpful. There is no doubt about that. (We have had one or two over the years that were the opposite of helpful! I keep a ‘blacklist.’)
I am grateful that she is covered by medicaid and that I don’t have to figure out how to pay for her meds.
I am aware that vigilance is necessary: Self monitoring for side effects and other issues is beyond her current capability, so I do need to look out for her.
I am thankful that she has been compliant in taking her meds, so far. As she becomes an adult – I realize that could change. Since I try not to borrow future trouble, I will choose to remain hopeful that as she matures, she will see the value in her med routine. And as that routine changes, I hope she will learn from watching me, what questions to ask the doctor or pharmacist – and ask them.