Originally Posted by GotGarlic
One important thing I learned from working at a medical school, and from working with a GI doctor who is on the faculty there, is that medical understanding of disease processes is becoming more and more refined, which means that they understand better why different drugs affect different people differently, and so new drugs are developed to address those differences.
Exactly. It's a slow process and unfortunately some people are going to experience these unwanted side effects, but without taking this first step to address it in the first place, we would never make any kind of progress at all.
Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60
And also different patients are willing to take those risks to fight their disease.
Usually the risks are low, but the fact that they are risks at all are rather unnerving.
The flip side is, the last one I heard for anti-social disorder, or being afraid to go out, whatever it is, they listed the side effects as nose bleeds, vomiting and severe diarrhea. I couldn't help but laugh at the thought of the poor sod taking this stuff, making it to the party and then being struck with a bad case of the runs and having to spend the night on the bowl instead of enjoying the party.
But I was listing to Ben Bailey standup the other day and he was talking about it. He said it seems like they, the pharmaceutical industry, are inventing ailments just so they can sell us a pill. I've worked in a hospital/nursing home for ten years and 90% of the doctors I know thing fibromyalgia is, in their own words "bulls**t." But the area I work in is notorious for druggies coming in getting scripts for valium or oxycontin and then later claiming they lost their meds or their script, so that may skew the views of these doctors.