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Do Not Mix Medication

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I often house and critter sit for friends so they can get away. Rather than take my big pill minder, I often just mix the dosage for the amount of days I will be gone and throw them in a baggie.

Today, I was returning some to the minder that I had forgotten to take. And I discovered something scary and really REALLY stupid.

But before I reveal my mistake I will tell you a bit about why this is so significant. I am on medication, Gabapentin, to relieve diabetic nerve pain, as well as a stopgap med called Metformin for my diabetes. For the last month, I have been plagued with feeling my pulse in my ears and a spike blood pressure, both side effects of the Gabapentin. My blood sugar however would not stay down no matter what I ate or how much I dosed.

I am supposed to take 1/4 tablet of the Gabapentin a day and 3 Metformin. In looking at the photo, you can see how easy it would be to get these two mixed up. And boy did I...

Taking 3 full pills of Gabapentin gave me 12 times the dosage and not taking the Metformin depleted my sugar regimen by 1500 mg per day I wasn't getting.

Needless to say I put all my meds back in their bottles where they will stay forever and ever. I have been jittery, nauseated, dizzy and sluggish for over a month, thinking it's been too long to not be acclimated to the dosage by now.

Don't be stupid like me. Please look at your pills and if two are similar, don't ever mix them.



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April 20, 20170 found this helpful

When I go on a trip or go to a camp or any event where I have to transport my medications, I bought a small plastic Rubbermaid box and I put all my prescription bottles with a medication sheet that describes the medication, dosage, the doctor's name and phone number and other pertinent information in case of an emergency. There is a label attached to the side of the box with my name on it address and phone number and also the doctor's name. My husband also has a medication box that we carry on trips. To carry necessary medication in my purse, I carry a clear cosmetic bag with a small sheet of paper in it listing the medication, and other pertinent information and the prescription bottle is carried in that cosmetic bag and stored in my purse.

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April 20, 20170 found this helpful

This is a really good idea. Doctor and paramedics all say they hate pill minders. I will never use another one except for beads and spices!!

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