Maybe it’s just me.
Have you ever been watching daytime TV or one of the many games at night, and been perplexed by those commercials for sleep aids, libido stimulants and the like? I know they’re supposed to be good for you and get you on the road to curing what ails you. The next time one comes on, listen to what they’re selling..and how they’re selling it.
It just seems to me that ratio of what the drug does that’s good, and what it can do that’s bad is..shall we say.. a bit off.
I’ll give you an example. There’s one currently on the market called XELJANZ (pronounce zell-jans)
TANGENT ALERT: X-E-L-J-A-N-Z — if it were a legal play — would make one hell of a Scrabble word..especially if a Triple Word space is involved. But I digress.
The drug itself is for relief from — as a commercial says — “moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis”. While its makers say it’s good for that, I’ll transcribe below what one of the XELJANZ commercials says you should be careful about:
“XELJANZ can lower your ability to fight infections — including Tuberculosis. Serious (sometimes fatal) infections and cancers have happened in patients taking XELJANZ. Don’t start taking XELJANZ if you have any kind of infection unless OK with your doctor. Tears in the stomach and intestines, low blood cell counts and higher liver tests and cholesterol levels have happened. Your doctor should perform blood tests — including certain liver tests — before you start and while you’re taking XELJANZ. Tell your doctor if you’ve been to a region where certain fungal infections are common, and if you’ve had TB, Hepatitis B or C or are prone to infections. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, or if you’re pregnant or plan to be.
Umm..why do I want to take this drug again??
At least it’s not like some of those commercials I’ve seen for drugs that list death as a side effect. Last time I checked, death isn’t a side effect…it is THE effect. Then there are the other commercials that mention bleeding from different organs on average eight times as a negative effect.
I don’t want to make light of such a serious condition as rheumatoid arthritis. I’m sure, for some users, XELJANZ is a viable and effective remedy. It does show, however, that some medications aren’t for everybody. It also illustrates that the TV version of the ‘fine print’ is worth paying attention to.
Just don’t ever list death as a side effect. There’s really no recovering from that.