Last week I picked up my monthly prescription of tablets in order to fill my pill box. It wasn’t until I got home that I realised they’d given me a different brand than usual so colours, shapes and packaging had all changed……..
From my frustrated tweet, which said how I really wan’t sure whether I’d put the right pills in the right boxes….. came so much conversation, Debate, concern and advice……I LOVE twitter for this very reason.
Many have asked why don’t you let the pharmacists fill a blister pack for you. Well this is the first time it’s happened since I changed Gps….my last Gp suggested I come off Donezepil because it was of no use……I asked him:
“So if it was you and Donezepil was the only drug available, would you come off it…….?”
He didn’t respond so I changed Gps and now have a lovely one willing to listen, willing to learn, willing to exchange knowledge…….just how a Gp should be, but only since reading my book has she changed. She was always kind, but never listened as much as now – bonus😊
Anyway when I asked the previous pharmacy about packing them for me they said they couldn’t put Donezepil to be taken in the morning as the information they have says to take it at night…….But if I take it at night it makes me have weird dreams so I take it in the morning – no more weird dreams but it means chemists won’t help me, or the last one I encountered said it wasn’t possible. I now realise, from Twitter, that it might be possible for them to help me ……….
So now I have a different chemist I never thought to check whether what the last one said was true……..until Twitter put me right…….
The conversation on Twitter lasted right up until the following day with various people tweeting their thoughts. It also provided lots of discussion with people highlighting their issues.
One person said how the print was so tiny it was difficult to read. This could be solved by the key words being in large print e.g. 2 at night maybe? Yes, I realise the printing machine probably can’t do this but maybe it could be handwritten in a space? But then someone on Twitter said,
“I find it useful to go into camera on my phone and zoom in to read small print”
What a good solution⭐️
Others said how a busy chemist is unlikely to have the time to put the effort into caring about shape or colour as they’re under so much pressure. Others have said how their local chemist was so helpful and had time to listen to their needs……Crikey, I’d never even thought of a post code lottery in chemists…….
One of my dear friends said on Twitter than he’s now succumbed to the chemist providing his tablets ready packed, but:
“I now have to trust them to get it right, so it means I am far less aware of what I am taking.”
So is that right too? I know that if I allowed the chemist to pack them for me and they arrived looking different, then I wouldn’t trust they hadn’t made a mistake. How would I know? After all there’s humans involved in the process and humans make mistakes. So I’d feel continually anxious when I looked at my pill box. I have also always taken a high dose Vitamin B supplement so that wouldn’t go in the blister pack, and would need to be remembered separately.
If I went on another clinical trial, those tablets wouldn’t go into the blister pack – another one to remember separately.
Others said how it’s the changing shape and colour that confuses. Here’s mine this month that changed colour
And the bottom ones changed shape….
Maybe those who request through their Gp could have a note on file to say use the same brand maybe?
Some said how the pharmacist has to tell you when the colour changes or they’re a different shape…..well mine might have told me but the minute I walk out I’ll have forgotten that he said it ……🙄
Some packs of tablets are see through and others you can’t see what tablet is in the blister
Why can’t they all be see through so you can see what’s in it? I suppose pharmacists must have a way of knowing🤔 but it would make it easier if there was consistency in packaging.
Also this time I was given a bottle of tablets instead of a pack
More confusion all in the same month……no wonder I didn’t know if I’d put the right tablets in the right slots!
Twitter, of course, provided lots of advice including this local link for me from an admiral nurse
Another more concerning Tweet was about Brexit 🤢…….their chemist told them that:
‘Brexit stockpiling has made it hard to get someone medication in store leading to capsules changing colour, other pills changing size as they try and get their hands on anything they can…….so this may be a small problem that’s about to get much larger……’
So the ever present Brexit is now going to compound the medication confusion as well as everything else🙈😳🤯🔫
For anyone who needs it, could a note go on their file to say, ‘needs consistency of medication appearance’ or ‘needs large print’ or whatever?
It felt like another case of we don’t know what we don’t know until kind people on Twitter Fill in the gaps……
We try to remain independent, to cope on our own. At every avenue I feel like there’s a battle that has to be fought……why? I know others have it so much worse but when a chink of your independence seems to be ebbing away you have a tendency to feel a tad sorry for yourself. I guess that’s how I’m feeling now……