Prescription medications are manufactured by drug companies that are purchased by pharmacies for patients to receive to help treat a wide range of illnesses. If you have endometriosis, kidney stones, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, neuropathy, high blood pressure, or any other chronic/long term illness, you’ve had some type of prescription medication.
I want to provide you with some advice I wish I would have had before I was diagnosed with endometriosis. Don’t always trust what medications your doctors are prescribing. Ask questions. No question is a dumb question. If your doctor won’t answer your questions, my recommendation is find another doctor. Do your own research no matter how much you trust your doctor or how long you’ve been seeing them. Unfortunately, some doctors can and do receive kickbacks (money) for prescribing certain medications. Drug companies can and have been sued for how they advertise their medications, but that doesn't stop them. How many times have you been watching TV and seen a commercial for the "newest" or "best" medications on the market?
One medication that I know this to be true for is Lupron, which is often prescribed for endometriosis treatment even though it’s a chemotherapy drug for prostate cancer. In my experience and others that I’ve talked to, our doctors failed to mention the awful side effects that can accompany Lupron use. Orilissa is a new medication that is similar to Lupron and has received a lot of advertisement. Even though it’s not guaranteed that we would experience these side effects, we should have been told just in case we didn’t want to take that risk. We trusted our doctors to be upfront with us. I was young and didn’t know any better. I trusted my doctor to give me all of the information, not just the information they chose to share. How can patients make informed decisions about their bodies without all of the information? To these drug companies and the doctors that prescribe their medications and receive kickbacks, it's always about the money. Money outweighs the patient's health, which is disgusting, and in my opinion, should be against the law.
It is important that we do our own research to make sure we are making the right decision for our bodies and what medications we decide to put in our bodies as they can have lasting effects down the road. I hope you find this information helpful.
Samantha Bowick, MPH is the author of "Living with Endometriosis: The Complete Guide to Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment Options" and "Living with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency" as well as a fellow sufferer of multiple chronic illnesses and patient advocate.