Sometimes I wonder about the doctors….

Sometimes, I wonder about the doctors. Personal opinion, but I avoid most PAs like the plague. The fact that they didn’t go to medical school makes me question some of their judgments. Not that doctor judgments aren’t a dime a dozen and some around here are probably more interested in what your insurance can cover.
In my latest ordeal, there was a prescription of Omnicef. This antibiotic in my opinion is one of the strongest things I’ve ever taken in my life. It was also one of the most expensive. With insurance, it cost about thirty smackers. Side effects included me holding my stomach in constant pain. Maybe not everyone gets that, but it definitely wasn’t for me even though it was the first prescribed.
I had the doc call in a prescription direct to the pharmacy for amoxicillin. A more mild antibiotic, it cost under a dollar. Now call it paranoia, or whatever you wish, but why would they prescribe Omnicef if amoxicillin worked just fine? Sometimes you have to wonder.

  • Because Omnicef works better in their opinion.
    I’ve had a couple cases of strep throat over the past year and they prescribed Z-Pak which is a new thing…
    You only take 5 days of that and compared to the prior drugs works much better.
    I on the other hand don’t think this new drug did all it was supposed to b/c while the primary symptoms went away pretty quick, the general “I feel like crap” lingered for over a month. I wasn’t “sick” any longer, I just wasn’t well either.
    The relapse later really makes me feel uneasy.
    Yes, advances in medicine are a wonderful thing, but if something works and you know it works then I agree, sometimes you have to wonder what they were thinking.

  • Because Omnicef works better in their opinion.
    I’ve had a couple cases of strep throat over the past year and they prescribed Z-Pak which is a new thing…
    You only take 5 days of that and compared to the prior drugs works much better.
    I on the other hand don’t think this new drug did all it was supposed to b/c while the primary symptoms went away pretty quick, the general “I feel like crap” lingered for over a month. I wasn’t “sick” any longer, I just wasn’t well either.
    The relapse later really makes me feel uneasy.
    Yes, advances in medicine are a wonderful thing, but if something works and you know it works then I agree, sometimes you have to wonder what they were thinking.

  • Yeah. Read the fine print. I think people see TV commercials and go… oh yeah! something that will fix my problems! Sure the side effects could probably put me in the hospital, but give me that drug! uhh no.
    I’ll go with the thing that worked fine in the past any day. Drugs. bleh.

  • darkmoon

    Yeah. Read the fine print. I think people see TV commercials and go… oh yeah! something that will fix my problems! Sure the side effects could probably put me in the hospital, but give me that drug! uhh no.
    I’ll go with the thing that worked fine in the past any day. Drugs. bleh.

  • Riles was given Omnicef for her last round of ear infection prior to getting her tubes. It was a last ditch effort when the amoxicillin and augementin didn’t get rid of things. Luckily her pediatrician gave us enough free samples for a course. It didn’t upset her tummy as far as we know- but it also didn’t clear up the infection- actually, she ended up with a worse infection at the time of the surgery. Since the surgery she’s been absolutely great, so we know we made the right choice.
    After hearing about it, I can’t imagine someone just giving it to you off the top of their head unless they thought you were extremely ill.
    The z-packs are not new- it has been around since I was in college, and around long enough that they have a generic version. It’s great for most of my respiratory stuff, the main idea behind it was by shortening the time you have to take it, people would finish the entire round like they are supposed to. Too many people stop taking their prescriptions when they feel better, not when it is done which contributes to the super-bug problems.

  • Riles was given Omnicef for her last round of ear infection prior to getting her tubes. It was a last ditch effort when the amoxicillin and augementin didn’t get rid of things. Luckily her pediatrician gave us enough free samples for a course. It didn’t upset her tummy as far as we know- but it also didn’t clear up the infection- actually, she ended up with a worse infection at the time of the surgery. Since the surgery she’s been absolutely great, so we know we made the right choice.
    After hearing about it, I can’t imagine someone just giving it to you off the top of their head unless they thought you were extremely ill.
    The z-packs are not new- it has been around since I was in college, and around long enough that they have a generic version. It’s great for most of my respiratory stuff, the main idea behind it was by shortening the time you have to take it, people would finish the entire round like they are supposed to. Too many people stop taking their prescriptions when they feel better, not when it is done which contributes to the super-bug problems.

  • Not my words, but according to doc, I had a “mild chest congestion.” Not exactly sure if that constitutes taking Omnicef, but I know that seemed to be some strong stuff.

  • darkmoon

    Not my words, but according to doc, I had a “mild chest congestion.” Not exactly sure if that constitutes taking Omnicef, but I know that seemed to be some strong stuff.