Grandmama told me I should study chemistry and medical things.
The reason? I’m finding chemistry has a lot to do with medications and allergens.
I replied, “I don’t like chemistry,” or something along those lines.
I was given Clindamycin 150mg to help prevent getting an infection after my wisdom teeth removal. The pharmacist told Grandmama it didn’t contain nuts, lactose, milk, eggs or yeast. The chemical name is
Methyl 7-chloro-6,7,8-trideoxy-6-(1-methyl-trans-4-propyl-L-2-pyrrolidinecarboxamido)-1-thio-L-threo-α-D-galacto-octopyranoside monohydrochloride, and lactose is an inactive ingredient. Inactive or not, when allergies and intolerances come into play, everything in the ingredients matters. I haven’t taken any since 1am, but I took one for yesterday’s [and today’s] dose and from Thursday evening to Monday after midnight, I was taking two every twelve hours. To spare you the details, I get all the symptoms of a lactose intolerance.[1. I am also allergic to milk, which is totally different, or so I have been told.]
Galacto is basically a lactose ingredient.
A friend in high school was studying to become a pharmacist[2. Trinity had various programs that allowed applicable students who knew their majors upon entering the school to begin taking courses for that major, thus giving them a head start.], and one day during lunch, we were on the floor in the hall of N building under the second flight of stairs doing homework. Hers regarded the chemical names for various medications and naming the ingredients (active and inactive) for them and making a note of potential allergies. She said she had to learn them, as well as how to read and write prescriptions’ shorthand. Thus, pharmacists should know the chemical makeup and ingredients of a medication, no? And, if they are ever in doubt, can’t they just look it up instead of just saying, “it’s just clindamycin”?
Back when I took birth control for the ovarian cysts, the inactive ingredients affected me as well — and although both doctors knew about them, they said to “try them anyway”.
Inactive ingredients play a big part and, for some reason, people still aren’t taking me seriously when I mention my allergies and lactose intolerance.
I’m sick until further notice. 😐 I feel like I’m giving birth to
an elephant[3. It’s not that bad.] a hedgehog while I have the flu.
Note: I actually called and heard back from the dentist’s office this evening (a few hours ago) and received the OK to discontinue taking them.