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Do Extra Strength Medications XL Really Work?

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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Medication Manager Life Coach: You CALL that EXTRA Strength!
Caption: Look How Far the Ordinary Medication goes to get the XL Label

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In this Mental Health Humor Over-Medicated.com series of cartoons, we tackle the the huge question…”is Bigger Better?”

Labels can be confusing…”extra strength” or “maximum strength“…Best recognized in the mental health community and on psychotropic medications as XL or XR (extended release).

For example:

  • prescription medication Wellbutrin XL (Bupropion Hydrochloride Extended-Release.)
  • SEROQUEL XR bipolar disorder
  • Depakote ER
Do these drugs even work? As a consumer, who already takes meds -legally prescribed drugs, it was important that I decided to weigh the benefits of the XL or XR (extended release). And, of course, to research thoroughly what these labels actually mean.
When I was on Wellbutrin 150 mgItwice a day – i was never stable… I even had my diagnosis changed to Bipolar mixed state and rapid cycling. Yet, when Wellbutrin XL  came out and I was able to get on the manufacturer program to get it.  My moods evened out.  With that, my Diagnosis, went back to Bipolar Disorder 2 for a while. For me that worked…but that is not the same result for everyone.

Over-The-Counter Labels

If over-the-counter labels are important to decipher accurately…how more important is it to clearly understand our “prescription” drugs and their potency and possible side-effects and interactions with any other drugs. Asking questions is important. Accurate answers could save your health!
Always ask your Doctor and Pharmacist, in whom you trust and with whom you have honest communication, about any drug(s) you are not familiar with and any possible side-effects. Please, do Your own research about any drug you choose to take. Some claims about drugs, just aren’t true. Well, not true to you…meaning drugs affect us all differently. What may mean “extra” strength to someone else: could mean “ordinary” to you!

 


Are You Affected By Public Service Announcements:

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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Remember – “This Is Your Brain on Drugs or the Rachael Leigh Brain on Heroin?”

You may not remember the PSA for the: “This Is Your Brain on Drugs” campaign.  I remember these Public Service Announcements from 1980’s.  I think due to the simplicity and effectiveness of the message…they got me to try drugs (It’s a joke people).

The  PSA “shows a man (played by John Roselius) in a starkly furnished apartment who asks if there is anyone out there who still doesn’t understand the dangers of drug abuse. He holds up an egg and says, “This is your brain,” before picking up a frying pan and adding, “This is drugs.” He then cracks open the egg, fries the contents, and says, “This is your brain on drugs.” Finally he looks up at the camera and asks, “Any questions?”

Original Rachael Leigh Cook Brain on Drugs

The eggs of PSA made Time magazines 2013 top ten list of all time PSA but nothing is more shocking and more powerful then Times “#1 OMG L@@K OUT!”

I will not add it to this post since it’s about teen texting. If you watch that video beware, it is gruesome and powerful.  It will make you never want to drive and text again.

Do PSA’s Work?

 This Mental Health Humor cartoon is part of the Over-Medicated.com series.


The Real Price of Psychiatric Medications

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Psychiatric Med: Oh Billy, Not you too! It’s an epidemic of prescription proportion!

Medication Bottle: [warning don’t drink alcohol] Take .05 mg Twice a day CUT PILL IN HALF.   Refill: Forever

Psych Med half: [writing in the dirt] DON’T R… E…. F….. I … L … L …….  (don’t refill)

Caption: The real price of Psychiatric Medications

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Do You Ignore Medication Label Warnings? Heres Why You Must Unequivocally Read Them!

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Mental Health Humor cartoon: Over-Medicated.com

Medication Bottle: Why? Why do I ignore the prescription drug warning labels?

Caption: Don’t drink, don’t drive, don’t go out at night next to a cliff…


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