When side effects are listed on the side of a prescription bottle, under the usual ones the pharmacist will list rarer side effects, the one the sufferer must call the doctor about immediately. The first thing that comes to mind, for example, is the commercial for Cialis warning its user that in rare circumstances the medicine will cause a four hour long erection!
Since most people are not affected by those rare side effects it almost doesn't make since to list them. I know that I always wonder about the weird person who has the rare side effects. Especially since that person is usually myself.
Pain medication and sleeping pills make me hyper. I get heart palpitations from claritin D. I am allergic to three different types of anti- biotics, and now I found out that I cannot take Phenergan.
Phernergan, or promethazine, is prescribed by doctors to help pregnant women deal with nausea. (among other reasons) I also read that it is given to help relax a woman before labor. Most side effects are dry mouth, drowsiness, and dizziness.
Well, I did not relax or fall asleep after taking this drug. I fell into the restlessness, hyper, uncontrollable shaking, and nightmares category. Let us just say that my experience was like a bad trip to Hell.
I took it at 10 PM thinking that I would get a good sleep. After the medicine kicked in, I noticed that the slightest noise made me jump out of my skin, I kept hearing a squealing noise coming from the walls and little creepy bugs in the corner of my eyes. My husband, of course, made me upset by telling me that I had to wake up at 6 AM and I had a panic attack when he refused to talk to me. I yelled at my son to go to sleep, which he quickly did, and then the nightmare became worse. My legs started shaking and kicking uncontrollably. I had to literally walk for three hours. Everytime I laid down, my legs would kick me back up standing. The pain in my legs was horrific and I began to wish for an epidural. I had to go to the bathroom literally every five minutes and everytime I went it was painful. As soon as I would go, I would jump off and begin my zombie walk again. I tried to soak my legs in the bath twice, but the second time I got so dizzy that I almost fell head first in the water. Yes, I was sitting down, making the experience even scarier.
Finally at around 3 AM, I called my doctor begging and pleading for help. She told me to take some benedryl which immediately did. I finally got some sleep, but had some weird dreams of men flying on scooters in a "starry, starry night" background. Every so often one of those bugs would go creeping around in my eyelids knocking the breath out of me. Finally, my bad trip was over. I have been half asleep all day.
After that experience, I remembered now that promethazine was the medicine given to me to "relax" me before giving birth to my daughter. The side effects were so bad that they surpassed the labor pains! I begged for an epidural to stop feeling leg pain, not to stop feeling the contractions!
So now, I add promethazine, to my long list of medicines to avoid. I have to remember that I am one of those weird people who have strange side effects to medicine!
I will admit though, I stopped feeling nauseous!! :-)(picture from www.foundmyself.com)