Miss Ben E Fit wrote:
To check drug side effects use this page http://www.drugs.com/sfx/
However not many people are aware that a combination of drugs can give different and in some cases severe side effects which the patient may assume as part of their illness.
Indeed. If I remove the side-effects I know I suffer from (not to mention those hard to verify), it seems that I might not actually have ME at all. Luckily, my DLA pre-dates ME so it's not a problem. Or is it that my ME is making me more sensitive to drug side-effects? It's impossible to know.
As for interactions, it's only possible to verify those if you take very few drugs. If, as I do, you take a cocktail of drugs (16 on a good day, more in a crisis), then all bets are off - you just cannot assess interactions between so many drugs, not least because they won't be documented.
The interaction between drug A and drug B will be documented (if there is one), but how do drugs A,C, G and J interact, as a group, with the group B, F, and H? Nobody knows, because such an interaction is impossible to assess for every possible drug combination in every possible set of circumstances. However, such a complex interaction is likely to affect you more adversely than a simple A+D combo.
If you take a lot of drugs, the chemical soup that they form will almost certainly generate complex interactions within it that are impossible to predict, or quantify, and might even be unique to you.
Only the very simplest of interactions are known and listed - far more complex, multi-drug, interactions are still very much Terra Incognita.
Just a thought . . .