Writing at the intersection of motherhood, feminism and my Latinidad

06 September 2011

Lisa Madigan, I really do take that much decongestant

This post could also be entitled: Why I hate meth & its users!

Six months ago, I was a happy (as much as one can be) seasonal allergy sufferer. I had my prescription for a certain name brand for so many years, it is like a security blanket for me. Seriously, when I forget to get a refill or renew the prescription, I panic because I know how messed up my head is going to get with all the snot, sneezing, itchy eyes and more snot. DRUG-D was my BFF. So when the company decided to put my second favorite pill (Sorry, Drug-D, but my birth control is #1 DBFF) on OTC, it turned me into a drug hunting mad woman.

First...Because the D means it has a decongestant and that decongestant is pseudoephedrine. Yup, the stuff that meth is made from. So there's a strict Illinois law about how much of that stuff you can buy AND you have to show ID if you don't have a prescription for it. That means I get to see my pharmacist team more often because the pills come in packs of 5 or 10.

Second...Now that climate change has gifted everyone seasonal allergies, there's a run on my drug! It's mine peoples! Go use the other stuff! Meaning that I have actually tried to locate my Drug-D in 2-3 different pharmacies in a 24 hour period.

Third....Because the packs for Drug-D are in 10s and I take it every single day of my life, means I'm at the pharmacy 3 times a month. Lovely, huh? But wait...

Fourth...This three packs of Drug-D in a month, which has been my usual pill taking for many years, puts me OVER the legal limit. So yeah, I went to my pharmacy and the pharmacist DENIED me.

Yeah, kinda embarrassing to be told the Attorney General blocked me. 

But looking at her website [pdf], I'm thinking that because I have a prescription on file, he should have handed me my pills. I'll have to print this out and have a conversation with them soon.Until then, I have a bottle of Drug without the D. If I can't get my hands on a continual supply, maybe I'll go every other day and hope for the best.

And to whomever decided to turn my preferred allergy medicine into meth - FUCK YOU!

4 comments:

As the mother & spouse of allergy sufferers, I sympathize with your plight...but as a reader, I just laughed. Hilarious post!

I feel your pain. Many years ago, it was a particularly bad cold and flu season for me and my wife at the time. I went to the store one day to pick up decongestants and they refused it. The issue, of course, was that I was buying for two of us. So she had to drag her very sick self off the couch at home to go to the drug store because I had crossed the legal threshold.

I'd be very curious to see what the rate of meth use is now after these legal changes. Theoretically, we should have seen a decline as supply dried up. I'm going to bet that's not the case.

I also have been shamefully denied decongestants at the pharmacy counter when trying to purchase both my own Claritin-D for seasonal allergies and Sudafed to help dry up my teen daughter's sinusitis and ear infection. Apparently 2 packages with 10 doses each was over my weekly limit. Who has time to track their purchases and time frequent trips to the pharmacy? I was so irritated at being treated like a criminal that I nearly became one with my "disorderly conduct"!

I am sure that the makers of meth have long ago sidestepped these regulations, leaving the rest of us to suffer these ridiculous restrictions.

How do you think one goes about establishing new reasonable quantity limitations for these drugs? Doesn't Congress get allergies, too?

I also have been shamefully denied decongestants at the pharmacy counter when trying to purchase both my own Claritin-D for seasonal allergies and Sudafed to help dry up my teen daughter's sinusitis and ear infection. Apparently 2 packages with 10 doses each was over my weekly limit. Who has time to track their purchases and time frequent trips to the pharmacy? I was so irritated at being treated like a criminal that I nearly became one with my "disorderly conduct"!

I am sure that the makers of meth have long ago sidestepped these regulations, leaving the rest of us to suffer these ridiculous restrictions.

How do you think one goes about establishing new reasonable quantity limitations for these drugs? Doesn't Congress get allergies, too?