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  •  I think this is a bad idea (6+ / 0-)

    This could be fatal for uninformed users who don't  know how the pill could affect existing health conditions.

    And this just seems like an end run around providing this a part of health care. Hormonal BC is used for a variety of reasons that should be monitored by a doctor. It should remain prescribed and it should remain ( now , thankfully) covered by insurance.

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 07:13:29 AM PST

    •  I totally agree. Busy women don't necessarily (5+ / 0-)

      have the time to figure out stuff they have no background in. And my mom's an OB-Gyn has many stories of women misled by advertising and poor research. The drug companies aren't saturating the airwaves because they're advertising doesn't work- it's clearly been very effective at manipulating the uninformed public. I've seen ads for drugs that I'm on that are just grotesquely misleading. The industry has no conscience. I think that's obvious at this point.

      •  Yep- the advertising is driving (2+ / 0-)
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        medical decisions to an unhealthy degree. And I'm always struck by how often a drug ad is immediately followed by an ad for some ambulance-chasing law firm trying to enlist people in a lawsuit against a drug company. The whole picture is pretty twisted.

    •  Tylenol could be fatal for uninformed users who (2+ / 0-)
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      don't  know how the pill could affect existing health conditions.  Let me repeat this, one extra Tylenol above the maximum dosage on the package per day WILL CAUSE SEVERE LIVER DAMAGE!

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 09:18:31 AM PST

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      •  Taking one Tylenol, once, with alcohol (4+ / 0-)

        Can kill your liver.

        There is no safe combination of the two. Even with the current labeling, how many people do you think come home from a day of construction work, toss back a couple Tylenol, then sit down with a beer before dinner?

        It took me half an hour to get one young adult I know to promise NEVER to mix the two, after he mentioned that's what he was going to do once he got home after some set construction at the local theater. I also had to make him promise never to take more than the labeled dosage. I had to explain that if the label dose didn't stop his pain, it was because he was using the wrong pain killer for the kind of pain he had, and he should try ibuprofen next time, to see if that worked better.

        People have no idea how dangerous that one drug is. The only reason I know about it is because my BIL lost his liver due to taking Tylenol w/beer.

    •  This is one reason I don't think it's a great idea (2+ / 0-)
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      Vita Brevis, entrelac

      People tend to "self-prescribe" and "self-medicate". I can see some deciding to use OTC hormones, that they otherwise might not opt for or need as birth control, to address other issues such as painful menses, or acne, or whatever other conditions internet fora are likely to toss out as benefiting from a little hormonal help.

      "...you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem." Mitt Romney

      by Catte Nappe on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 09:25:41 AM PST

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