Prescription Commercials

Tanya - posted on 09/09/2010 ( 50 moms have responded )

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Do you think they should be allowed to have tv ads?
Should you be able to walk in and tell the doctor what you want?

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Ads are designed to make you think you need a product. I wouldn't trust my health to the advertising industry. Reserve ads for non-life threatening things like diapers, restaurants, plastic crap toys, over the counter meds, furniture, etc.

Isobel - posted on 09/10/2010

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I was in the States this summer, and though we have cable and therefore see SOME of these ads from time to time, while we were in Maine, my daughter noticed that we were seeing them all the time (actually asked me why people would take them if the side effects were worse than the disease gqtm).

Explaining to a 9 year old that medicine is a business for profit (my kids hear about business and profit all the time, because Rupert and I are both studying it at school) made her head spin...she simply could not grasp that in some places people had to pay to go to a doctor...or that there was profit involved.

granted, there is profit in prescriptions here...but not like in the US.

*ducks head and waits for lashings*

Julie - posted on 09/09/2010

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No and No. I also don't think they should be able to give doctors ANYTHING with the drug on it. No pens, clocks, jackets, paperweights, toys, frisbees, etc ... They sure as Hell shouldn't be wining and dining or going on cruises!

Doctors (including veterinarians) should be prescribing medications because they have been shown, in *clinical* studies to be effective for whatever ailment in whatever specific population is in question, NOT because they get the most free sh!t from the rep or because they are more familiar with how it works b/c they had lunch seminars.

Prescriptions are not OTC for a reason. They need to be used appropriately and only with the guidance of a doctor. How can the general public be expected to critically evaluate an ad for a prescription drug? They cannot. It is BS that any patient should ever walk into their doctor requesting anything b/c they saw in on a commercial. One reason I'm glad I'm not a people doctor;)

On the other hand, we all have to deal with "Dr. Google".

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You missed where I said that I would research a condition and medications. But the point is, I am not a medical doctor. I do not have extensive knowledge about how the body works. The only example from my life that I can think of is my upcoming birth. I had a c-section with my first. So I started asking questions...do I have to have a repeat section? etc. When I found out VBAC would be an option for me, I started doing research and asking more questions. But when it comes down to it, my doctor will make the final decision how the birth of my child based on what is best for us. Not what I think is best. Even if countless websites and birth advocates are telling me differently, I'm going to listen to my doctor. What I think is ignorant is believing that an advertisement is going to be more reliable than a doctor that knows your history and has your best interest at heart. I'm choosing to trust someone with years of medical school and experience. Not an advertising agency and pharmaceutical company trying to sell a product for profit.

Mary - posted on 09/13/2010

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Maybe I'm missing something, but since when did anyone really classify TV commercials as educational?

They are not an unbiased source of information, and honestly, all they really do is serve to reinforce name brand recognition. They are a great marketing tool, and do serve to increase a company's profits, but as far as providing in-depth information, that takes into account your specific needs/issues (such as other co-existing conditions and/or meds)....not so helpful.

They do contribute to the inflated costs of medications in the US.

If you really want to research a potential med before taking it, I suggest consulting a pharmacist, and not just googling the names of drugs you saw watching Monday night football.

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Tanya - posted on 09/13/2010

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They do contribute to the inflated costs of medications in the US.

If you really want to research a potential med before taking it, I suggest consulting a pharmacist, and not just googling the names of drugs you saw watching Monday night football.
Even if countless websites and birth advocates are telling me differently, I'm going to listen to my doctor. What I think is ignorant is believing that an advertisement is going to be more reliable than a doctor that knows your history and has your best interest at heart. I'm choosing to trust someone with years of medical school and experience. Not an advertising agency and pharmaceutical company trying to sell a product for profit.

thank you sara and mary that is how i feel

LaCi - posted on 09/13/2010

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"Do you think they should be allowed to have tv ads?"

I do think they should be allowed to have ads, I don't think it's necessary and I'm not entirely sure why they feel a need to. I can understand optional medications, birth control or erectile dysfunction pills, but I don't really understand plavix ads, for instance, being one of the most prescribed medications for cardio issues anyway, and it's not something you see and think, *hm! that sounds fantastic!!*


"Should you be able to walk in and tell the doctor what you want?"

I do. It's part of me telling the doc what's going on. If I want birth control, I'll say the types I'm interested in and what my issues are, we discuss it and figure it out from there. Of course the doctor has to be the final decision maker in the matter, but they typically listen to you, discuss it with you, and I've never not gotten what I came in for. Of course, I've never watched a commercial and made an appointment to get some random med.

C. - posted on 09/12/2010

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It's not JUST the doctor's job. It's good to be well-educated about something you have. To me, that's just an ignorant statement. Sorry.



And it doesn't matter if you have a doctor that takes all the time in the world on just you. You, as a patient, should WANT to be well-informed about possible medical conditions, medications and treatments.

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Christina, why not just find a doctor that has a superb reputation and one that you can have open honest communication with and trust what they say? I guess I'm just lucky. My husband is a nurse and he knows about all the local doctors. He chose our family doc, my OBGYN, and our daughter's pediatrician based on his experience with them and their reputations. Never had a problem with any of the meds prescribed. Well, one BC I was put on gave me stomach cramps so I called my OBGYN who immediately switched prescriptions for me. My point is, a GOOD doctor will take his/her time with you, answer your questions, explain the meds, make sure they aren't going to react to any other meds you are taking, and call you back personally when you call the office with a question. A good doc will also tell you if he doesn't know the answer to your problem and send you to a specialist instead of playing god with your life. I think I've gone off on a tangent. But my point is it shouldn't really be my job to research all the meds. Sure I'll educate myself about a condition or medication, but I shouldn't HAVE to. That's the doc's job. And if you find a good doc with your best interest at heart, they'll do a good job of it.

Johnny - posted on 09/12/2010

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You know Mary, I thought that if anyone would know what 'anal frothing' was, it would be a nurse.

So since this thread was no help, I googled it. And the first page listed was for an article about Rick Santorum. I just about peed myself.

C. - posted on 09/12/2010

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"christina, if you can't simply ask your doctor what different types of drugs are out there instead of relying on a BIASED commercial to let you know what's best for you, there's something wrong with that. "

Kati, when you go to a doctor, you DON'T have time to run home and spend hours on RESEARCHING A PRODUCT before going BACK to the doctor and discuss both what they know and what you've found out yourself. Get real, here!

Chrystal - posted on 09/12/2010

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No because that's what you are paying the doctor for. You are paying for the doctor to tell you what's wrong. We didn't go to school they did for all those years, so therefore they should be able to tell you what's wrong

Mary - posted on 09/11/2010

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Oh - my bad - I was tired last night, and misstyped...anal frothing is side effect of Alli, not Abilify (didn't want to scare people about the wrong drug!)

Mary - posted on 09/10/2010

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Ah, Tanya, I was just thinking about this the other night...the return of football season means a whole new crop of adds for those suffering from erectile dysfunction! Considering my husband's passion for the sport, I am a little worried that Molly will be asking what that is before she is 3!

As to whether they should be allowed, well, I guess so, but that doesn't mean they don't piss me off. The funding for those commercials comes from jacking up the prices on ALL of our prescription drugs.

My personal favorite side effect is Abilify's "anal frothing"...wth is that???

Kimberly - posted on 09/10/2010

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Sure. That way when your doctor tries to prescribe you this med - you know you could possibly shake your leg uncontrollably all night while gambling then just die. Just say NO!

Kate CP - posted on 09/10/2010

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There are class action suits going on against Accutane. You can google it and find several law firms who are representing people in the suit.

C. - posted on 09/10/2010

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It's not that people don't know how to look.. But if you think about it, if they outlaw prescription commercials, they are going to start outlawing prescription ads and then soon nobody will be able to know what the heck kind of medicines are out there. Well, maybe that's just me.. But still. I don't think they can be THAT misleading if you're smart and do your research.



But with that being said.. I, too, had a doctor give me YAZ and I had horrible mood swings, even worse than what I had before- which was pretty bad. They thought I had PMDD, so they gave it to me and it didn't do squat. Now, at the time I didn't have the luxury of the internet, so I couldn't exactly google it, but the commercials even say that it won't work for everyone and that it's not for just regular PMS (which isn't what I have, but I guess it just didn't work for me). Not sure how that's so misleading?



Even if you do your research, it doesn't ensure that the product is going to work for you. Everyone's body is different and reacts differently, so I guess I just don't see how it can be so misleading if they really do help some people.

Tanya - posted on 09/10/2010

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Christina check out how many pills they list on this webmb page.
http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-b...
You can google the same stuff. I think that the ads are misleading. I agree that you should research a few different drugs then go talk to you doctor about them.

I am breast feeding and before I went to my six month check up I google birth control while breast feeding. I found a lot of different options and went to several sites. I went in knowing which two I would want. Then I discussed what I had read with my doctor.

The reason I was so careful this time was because I had a doctor give my YAZ a few years back. I felt awful on it. my heart would start racing. I got off it after about 3 months. I actually stayed off birth control for a year just in case.

You can find things on the internet if you know how to look.

Sharon - posted on 09/10/2010

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Seriously? I don't see what difference it makes.



1. in the end your doctor is the one who says, "yes that is an option."



2. People who will make up symptoms in order to get attention and pills are already ill and are already fucking with themselves.



3. The side effects are hysterical but you have to figure that most of the time whatever ailment they have its so detrimental its affecting their lives profoundly and negatively. I know a woman with restless leg syndrom - she can't sleep at all. She's exhausted. She's tried a variety of pills, therapies, treatments, etc. finally a pill and therapy together lets her sleep. frankly I think she needs to get off her ass but thats just my opinion.



I had terrible acne in my late teens and early 20s. It was awful. I went to talk to my doctor about it - he recommended a topical cream - I asked about the pill I saw on tv. he said that was over the top at this point and unnecessary. the cream worked fairly well but not perfectly. I really wanted to try the pill. My doctor said he could prescribe it but here is what could happen and what is likely to happen. Neither he nor I wanted to accept those risks.



I don't believe a commercial when I see and I feel sorry for the weak willed shit heads who do. But I do see "OPTIONS" when one comes on.

Rosie - posted on 09/10/2010

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christina, if you can't simply ask your doctor what different types of drugs are out there instead of relying on a BIASED commercial to let you know what's best for you, there's something wrong with that.

that's what doctors and pharmacists are for, to give you options and explain things to you.

all these commercials do, is make people go in begging for medicine that they probably don't need. sure a few people might be helped by those commercials, but those people can also just go in and ask their doctor for help.

Jenny - posted on 09/10/2010

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Sorry but most people are idiots and have little to zero knowledge of medicine. Ther eis a reason we go to dotcotrs and there is a reason they go to school for so long. We do not have a clue how to treat illness or we would be doctors or pharmacists too,



My doctor recommends what I need, tells me the side affects and potential interactions. Then when I go to the pharmacy they do it all over again and give me aprintout on the drug. Then when i go home I look it up myself before taking it. Not having medicine marketed to you does not mean you can't have an opinion on what enters your body. Sure some doctors are pill pushing quacks, I've had one myself. However, overall it's best to listen to the people with the training and expereince to know what the hell they are talking about over a drug company trying to make more money.

Johnny - posted on 09/10/2010

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Oh, Mylene, that is terrible! I'm so sorry to hear that. It makes me even more thankful that my doctor pulled me off of it when he did. I should thank him the next time I'm in. I wonder if there is going to be a class action suit on them ever?

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@ Carol

I also had high cholesterol levels (at 16!!!!!) because of the pills... My pancreas also still struggles from time to time... I've had to take a lot of nutritional supplements to help my body cope with the damage that crap caused. The worst is that i still have acne at 23!!!! Not nearly as bad as in High School but I still struggle with skin problems. If my kids ever have acne problem we will find an alternative to that shit. OMG I am still furious.

Caitlin - posted on 09/10/2010

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How about the fact a lot of those ads don't even tell you what the pill is supposed to treat! That's not very helpful either. I leave it to the doctors to give me what they think is best, they're the ones that went to school for it.

C. - posted on 09/10/2010

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Again, Tanya.. I am NOT saying that simply watching the television ad is going to give you all the information you need, NOR am I saying that the patient doesn't know what they have.



IF they take ads off the TV, then how will people know which medicine to research?? And WebMD?? First of all, it's not as good as people claim. SECOND of all, they don't give you the names of medications to try. So again, HOW WILL THE PEOPLE KNOW WHAT MEDICINE TO RESEARCH??



Somewhere you are not comprehending what is being said. If you're not going to pay attention to what IS being said and just bypass the whole point of the post, then PLEASE don't bother replying with pointless questions??

Tanya - posted on 09/09/2010

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No they would no what illness they have. If they didn't then all ads would be irrelevant. Then they could google it or even go to web md. How do you really know anything about a pill in 2 mins or less.

Thats like saying I am researching the way my body burns fat by watching a gazelle infomercial



This may help you out

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=high+blood+pressure

C. - posted on 09/09/2010

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"I really don't think people are doing research by watching an ad. Why not get online and compare some different brands?"



My point was that if the patient has never heard of it, then HOW can they get on the internet and research it?? You missed my entire point completely.



If the patient has never seen an ad for it (say they don't read magazines or something) on TV, then how can they possibly know what to research for what they have? If they've never heard of the name, it'd be pretty darn near impossible unless they worked for a pharmaceutical company or a doctor's office, don't you think?

Tanya - posted on 09/09/2010

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I really don't think people are doing research by watching an ad. Why not get online and compare some different brands?

Johnny - posted on 09/09/2010

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@ Mylene, I was on the Accutane too. I have sinus problems to this day from it. When I switched doctors, my new one took me off it because he'd had a patient that ended up with liver failure from it. Apparently one of the side effects. I remember them doing blood tests while I was taking it to keep track of its functioning. Anyway, my doc said he thought it was unethical to give it to teenagers who were desperate to look nice and willing to take health risks to fit in. I was a bit ticked at the time, but my mom agreed with him, and now I'm very thankful that I got off it when I did. I still see ads for it and it makes me rather sad.

Stifler's - posted on 09/09/2010

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I think they're probably banned in Australia because I haven't seen any except an ad for a combination heart pill and I guess only people with heart problems would be prescribed that anyway.

C. - posted on 09/09/2010

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I think it's a good idea to keep them on the TV. This way, the patient can do some of their own research on the side effects and whatnot and discuss it with the doctor. Otherwise, the patient only knows what the doctor tells them about their prescription until after they hear about it and receive the medicine and THEN do their research.. Then they'd have to go back and keep doing a trial and error. It's pointless to take it off of the television.

Jessica - posted on 09/09/2010

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I don't have an issue with them one way or another, but I will agree they can be funny! Like when they go on for a full minute about all the unpleasant side effects you may have... then continue on cheerfully about how great it is and you should ask your doctor.

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I hate them because I don't trust pharmaceutical companies. I took a psycho-pharmacology (drugs and behavior) class in college (not sure why, I was an education major). My professor had previously worked with a major pharmaceutical company and the stories he told...*shudders* He quit on moral grounds.

Tara - posted on 09/09/2010

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On one hand I find it unethical and shouldn't be allowed, on the other I find some of them funny. There was one out years ago for weight loss, one of the side effects that was quickly read through at the end was "leakage of fecal matter" and "rectal incontinence".

Nice.

Lyndsay - posted on 09/09/2010

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I think they're annoying as all hell, to be honest. But in the same breath, I think people need to be aware of what their taking and other possibilities.

Jenni - posted on 09/09/2010

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I've seen ads so bad that they don't even tell you what the drug is for...
A woman is sitting on a boat playing a guitar in the evening time... singing "evenings are my favourite time of day..." and then they say "ask your doctor about Cialis". (sp?)
Why so i can learn to play guitar and sing on my boat at night?

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They irk me... I am not really pro-drugs in the first place and the commercials just make me want to shoot myself. thank god canadian tv doesn't have that crap...

More side effects than actual benefit... wow. The one that bothers me the most is the damn Accutane commercial. I was on that crap as a teenager because my acne was so bad you couldn't see my face. These pills messed up my system so bad it wasn't worth it. I had never had heartburn, never had any digestive problems before (else than food poisoning), my skin was so dry it would literally peel off like a sunburn, I could barely talk without my lips cracking and bleeding like I just got punched in the face.

the ad shows "happy" teenagers with flawless skin... You have to go through a hell of a lot of crap before you get to be a "happy" teenager...

all those commercials are for drugs which are not necessary for most people. IMO, commercials should be about eating healthy, being active, non-invasive and natural therapies that don't feed you chemicals to offset the fact that you eat crap all day and are morbidly obese...

This isn't right

JuLeah - posted on 09/09/2010

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They make me laugh. If you listen with care you hear that cause more trouble then they cure.
I am not sure they ought to be allowed. I think the whole 'system' needs a change.
We don't NEED more drugs. We NEED to sleep at least eight hours a night, eat foods our bodies require, and get up off our tukhus and get moving

Sara - posted on 09/09/2010

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I think it's fine to be informed and involved in your own health care decisions, but at the end of the day, your doctor is the one who went to medical school, they should be the one to tell you what their educated opinion is of how you should be treated and prescribe you what they believe will be best.

Johnny - posted on 09/09/2010

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I don't think that they are necessary. Like Caitlin said, they are banned here in Canada, and I believe that to be the case in most other western countries as well. And somehow we all seem to get the medicines we need. Half the time, I think people end up taking meds for something they don't really have because they saw an ad that included some symptoms they get, so they rush to the doctor complaining of XYZ ailment. They are funny though, I saw one for restless leg syndrome once (on an American channel) and it listed high risk of stroke, cardiac arrest, and blindness. Umm, yeah, I think I'll find another solution thanks.

Caitlin - posted on 09/09/2010

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I think they are hillarious! They aren't really allowed in Canada, but when i'm watching an american channel they make me laugh, those side effects are frequently worse than the ailment. Like ya, i'll wear a small pad in case I pee when I sneeze as opposed to the huge long list of fatigue/insomnia (really? both? at once?) depression, feelings of suicide, constipation, diarea (yet again, both?)..

HEY! Maybe they are hoping that you start taking other drugs to combat the side effects of the first drug etc...

Morgan - posted on 09/09/2010

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I think some of them are so funny!!!
side affects may include DEATH lmao....... Id rather be depressed!!

Tanya - posted on 09/09/2010

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I don't have cable so I don't see them much any more, but lately hulu has had Lastee (sp?). I hate it.

I understand that we need variety, but I do think that a lot of people end up on pills they don't need because they saw an ad on tv.

Kate CP - posted on 09/09/2010

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Yea, I think it's a good idea to have a variety of options. But I love watching some of the commercials...there's one where they plainly state "While the way that "drug X" works is not entirely understood..." I can't remember the name of the drug but its a nasal spray. I saw that ad and I guffawed. ;)

Sharon - posted on 09/09/2010

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Kind of.

Other wise your doctor will only consider those pills from the companies who give him kick backs.

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