Monday, 13 January 2014

No more happy pills!

As yesterday wore on, I felt sicker and sicker. By the evening, my head was reeling and I kept almost fainting, so I took to my bed, which is where I have stayed for nearly the whole of today. I was meant to set off to Camden to look after my friend's cat again today, lovely little ginger and white Mo, as her 95-year-old dad has just died so she has gone up North for the funeral, but I had to arrange for a neighbour to feed him instead, as I felt far too ill to drag a suitcase across London by tube and train, followed by a mile walk uphill from St Pancras to the housing estate where my friend lives and to which there is no public transport. Added to which, the rain is bucketing down and I haven't eaten since Saturday. Oh, why did I not learn to drive when I was young?

I have stopped taking the tablets. I read the list of possible side-effects and symptoms like mine - nausea, dizziness, ringing in the ears, aches all over - happen to one in ten people who take them. They even warn you about a potentially fatal heart condition! It also says that people who have had stomach ulcers shouldn't take them. The doctor should never have given them to me. Back to the homoeopath, I think. Far safer.

The drug was called Citalopram. Anyone else ever taken it? If so, were you ill, too? I'd love to know.


Perovskia said...

Agreed! You shouldn't have been given the medication. I have also been the "1 in 10", it's my luck, but I'm "medication intolerant" (don't respond well to meds). I've been seeing an acupuncturist the last few months and has really turned my health around - even my digestive problems! I second the alternative healing.

hydra said...

I second the alternative healing as well, but I don't respond well to acupuncture. I've tried 2 different specialists, had more than 20 sessions and each time I have been in so much pain that they've had to remove some of the needles. Mind you, I have read that red-haired people feel pain more acutely than others. And so do Pisceans. That's a double whammy for me!

Perovskia said...

Look into Japanese acupuncture. The needles barely touch you (literally - barely) and it's just for a second. He doesn't keep them in, he touches you, then he's out again. A possible alternative if you'd like to look into it. FYI. xx