I opened up the sample package of Naprelen and read the label and these words under the medication guide jumped out at me, “NSAID medicines may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke that can lead to death.” I thought to myself, “What? I’m not taking that medicine.”
This was what the orthopedic doctor prescribed for me to reduce the inflammation in my arm after I was diagnosed with frozen shoulder.
It all started one morning when I woke up and I couldn’t raise my arm. I tried over-the-counter medicine for a few days until I couldn’t take the pain any longer. My sister took me to the emergency room and I had to wear a sling on my left arm for almost two weeks.
After that, I went to an orthopedic doctor as a follow up. He prescribed Naprelan and gave me samples of it in the doctor’s office to take home.
After I read about the warnings on the label, I called my doctor and told him he had to prescribe something else for me. I went to his office and he gave me a sample of another medication. I read the medication guide label and it stated, “May make you depressed or cause suicide.” I told him that I wasn’t taking that one either.
It wasn’t like I was trying to be difficult because that isn’t my personality. But the side effects of these medicines were too lethal for me. And I know he was trying to give me the best medicine he thought would do the job but the Holy Spirit and common sense told me not to take either one of these because they may do more harm to my body than good.
Eventually he prescribed something that I agreed on taking.
Therefore, I am writing this blog to encourage you to read your medicine’s warnings and/or side effects before taking them.