Monday, November 22, 2010

Nutritional supplements

Dr. Grumpy: "Are you on any medications?"

Mr. Farmdee: "No. I only take supplements that I get from my other doctor."

Dr. Grumpy: "What supplements?"

Mr. Farmdee: "Um... I think they're called Coumadin, Cardizem, and Zoloft."

17 comments:

Old MD Girl said...

Awesome.

I also love when you ask if they take medications, and they say, "No." But they do take lithium. But that's an element, not a medication, right?

Mugdha said...

I think we'd all be a lot more interesting if our doctors gave us Zoloft supplements

Anonymous said...

The big three available at Vitamin Shoppe and GNC right ? I am not in the medical profession, unless chasing ambulances qualifies, but I have this client who is always coming in with his prescriptions and asking me "Should I take this" it sends chills down my spine,

Anonymous said...

In our local ICU there's a great herbal thing, don't know if you know it, it's called dobutamine.

Not House said...

"Do you have any medical problems?"
"No"
"Then why do you have HCTZ and Captipril listed on your medication list"
"For my blood pressure"
"I thought you said you had no medical problems"
"Well, I take the pills and its not a problem"

Or my favorite

"Are you on any medications?"
"No, why?
"But you're on the pill"
"Well, that's not a medication dummy! That's a contraceptive!"

Kim said...

I had a sweet older lady last semester in Hygiene clinic who when I asked her if she was on any meds said, "Oh just a few" Upon further questioning I found out she was on no less than 15 different meds for a myriad of issues to include baby aspirin that was only found out about after my instructor questioned her further. She looked at the instructor and said, "Why do you need to know if I take baby aspirin, what does that have to do with cleaning my teeth."

Took me 20 minutes alone to research all the drugs in the Dental Drug Reference. This semester I asked her ahead of time for her meds list and I still had to add some when she showed for her appointment. It was definitely a good learning experience. *smile through clenched teeth*

Anonymous said...

I wish I could get my elderly parents to understand that herbal supplements are medicine so they'll tell their doctors that they're taking them.

Anonymous said...

I really would love to know what this patient considers to be a "medication".

Moose said...

Coumadin isn't a medicine, it's a rat poison! :-)

me said...

LOL! "Oh, THOSE supplements..."

As an ICU nurse, I firmly believe in "better living through chemicals"...
(yeah, love dobutamine, too!)

(WV = deppess ~ that's when you need an infusion of Johnny, which is not a supplement!)

Anonymous said...

winkin, blinkin, and nod. lions, tigers, and bears. shadrach mesach, and abednago. legislature, judiciary, and executive. father, son, holy ghost. valium, vicodin, and viagra.

The Mother said...

On the other hand, we have folks who treat everything with folk remedies. My MIL, who has access to the best stuff in the world, treats her arthritis with gin soaked raisins.

I think the shot of gin would just be easier, but she doesn't listen to me.

Anonymous said...

I have a rheumatologist, cardiologist, pulmonologist, dermatologist, and a primary. Not surprising, I also have a long list of medications. I'm not especially pleased with either of these facts, but it is what it is. Everybody gets the list, and nothing on it falls into the category of "fun." As frustrated as it is when folk don't know what's included under the heading of medications or think it's important to tell you, you should know that it goes both ways.

It involves the doc (or member of clinic staff) looking at my list for a moment, and then remarking, "You take a lot of medication." Ya think? Nothing reassures a patient like a firm grasp of the obvious. No offers to take me off of any of them, though. Dang it.

Octavius said...

ERP gives Vitamin H too, don't forget!

23 Skidoo said...

I hate when folks think that anything herbal is "good" or healthy....

Hemlock is all natural but you won't be finding me drinking any....



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paedsnurse said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA must be some sort of special "herbal remedies". :)

paedsnurse said...

HAHAHAHA must be some special "herbal remedies". :)

 
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