If you are taking medication and are experiencing side effects of any kind I want to know about it. This is especially important if we’re dealing with a medication I have prescribed you. I will listen to you and will help you find a solution. Some of my patients tell me that other doctors have ignored side effects, suggested it’s “all in their head,” or given the impression they just have to deal with unpleasant side effects in order to get their initial problem fixed.
Ignoring side effects is not how I run my practice. With gynecology, side effects are a sign to doctors that the body still needs some attention. For example, some patients who use the Mirena IUD will experience side effects from the progesterone. Instead of just saying, “Well, that’s just what happens with IUDs, deal with it,” we will prescribe a small dose of natural estrogen to help the body stay balanced. Another example is if you are in menopause and your estrogen seems to wear off by the end of the night– we need to discuss that and find a solution. Or if you find yourself suddenly riddled with anxiety and sadness, I need to know so I can help you find balance. Whatever the problem is, I will help you find a solution.
You do not have to exchange one set of problems for another. I prescribe medication in hopes of improving and enhancing your life, and if you are feeling worse than you did before then I need the opportunity to make that better. So don’t struggle in silence with side effects. Call my office and schedule an appointment.
If you are experiencing severe or life-threatening side effects, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
To report side effects to the FDA, visit: FDA Safety Med Watch.