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What do you think of a family member who refuses discussion of the safety of a drug which she recommends?
July 19, 2012
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(I originally asked this on Yahoo! Answers at: http://answers.yahoo.com/quest.....641AAvE5hA but with little results, at least so far)

Please carefully review this information. I am strongly in need of unbiased input.

Here are the details. I will not mention any identities in this post for privacy and objectivity reasons. This is the order of events:

1. Maternal grandmother warns that Risperidone can cause men to grow breasts.
2. Paternal aunt claims that is nonsense, and cannot possibly be true.
3. I do my own research, I call the manufacturer and find numerous resources, many from Sheller, P.C., an *internationally* accredited law firm, which had indicated that my maternal grandmother was in fact correct. The manufacturer also admitted that this is common (in other words, did *not* state that it was a rare side effect).
4. Paternal aunt refuses discussion saying “I'm not interested”, and “I've gotta go. Bye”, over the telephone.
5. Father refuses discussion, saying “It's [this discussion] disparaging [to him and his sister]”, in an elevated tone of voice.

I call my aunt again later in hopes to pursue further discussion. I explain that given that she was the one who recommended the drug in the first place, it is not moral to refuse safety discussion of something you recommend. She says “You're right”, and “The conference is over, and… you win”, and states “I've gotta go. Bye”. A counselor who I called, and explained these concerns to, and stated to that I feel that this makes their integrity questionable, said “Every drug, has side effects, and so it's always risk versus benefit. If the benefit of that drug outweighs the risk, then they… the doctors will prescribe it. Now with Risperidone, it does have, side effects and it has quite a few side effects, and of course they have to *list* them all. But the *benefit*… are, they [outweigh the risks].

I interrupt, and I stated “Right, well, I mean a law firm had backed my grandmother's statements that it can cause, uh… men to grow breasts and there were various lawsuits against the company because the drug, while it has an application, was pushed for unapproved purposes. [It was] *supposed* to be used, for more serious things like adults with psychosis but it was prescribed, to *children* with hyperactive, and oppositional defiant, issues, which, was unapproved, by the FDA, and had caused serious problems, and the *Sheller, P.C. Law Firm*, when I did my homework and looked that up…”

The counselor interrupts me, politely stating, “Right, O.K., now, listen to me, 'cause I listened to you a long time. You're gonna listen to me. Uh… that doesn't mean it's a unsafe drug. Even though it has the side effects like that doesn't mean it's unsafe. So *this would be* something to talk to… your, doctor about. Uhm… the other, assertions, that it's a… a thing of *integrity*, within the family… I don't think so, uhm… of course I'd have to see the family… I … there's not enough for me to make that… [assertion] but, because people have their own perspectives, their own story, uh…”

I interrupt the counselor, stating, “Well, I mean what made me question […] what drove me to the questioning point when she said, “I don't want to hear it I'm not gonna waste my time with this”, after she had already recommended the drug. If she was the one who *recommended the drug to me*, and she doesn't want to hear, evidence that it could potentially put my safety in danger whether it's true or not indicates that she is not concerned about my safety in my opinion.”

The counselor states “[Well I won't go that far] because there's *all kinds* of things that people think about, and it may be, in her mind, she *considers* this a safe drug, and, uhm… she doesn't want to talk about a side effect that's been found in, .0005% of the people. You see what I'm saying? So, *no*, I would not say it's a matter of family integrity. I would say there's a lot *going on*, but that doesn't mean, she doesn't care for you.

I respond saying, not knowing what more to say, “Right, well I mean I am *questioning* her integrity because of that because she did not appear to be concerned about my safety”.

The counselor responds, saying “O.K, well, uhm… that's… that's my, uh… and I do have another call coming in so…”

We then exchange telephone numbers and conclude the conversation.

After the conversation, my mother stated that the counselor was completely un-objective, and was “covering her a​ss”, and that she was an idiot. My advocate, who was hired by my mother but is supposed to be neutral, stated, after listening to the recorded telephone conversation, “It was as I said on the phone and I suspected it to be. The person seemed to circumvent and also to in form you very generally on matters.” On the other hand, it's not surprising that my mother would say that (about anybody who disagrees with her negative beliefs about my paternal family) given that my family is divorced and of course both sides will be in opposition.

My concern is that before I make my final judgment on this, I will need some completely unbiased opinions. This, I figured, was the best place to go for this.

And while I would most prefer opinions from those degreed, any opinions which you can contribute would be helpful.

Thanks very much in advance.

July 28, 2012
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In regards to medication best policy to follow doctors orders.

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July 29, 2012
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Trust is an important factor when taking recommendations from people who are not informed; a pharmacist knows more about the drugs and applications and side affects than a doctor does.

August 23, 2012
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Bevdee is now posting as White Shadow.

August 24, 2012
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Just like everyone else Bevdee can post under any name she chooses. She is going through a lot right now with lesbian drama and a man who sent her a pic of himself with no pants on. Have a heart.

August 24, 2012
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@ soofootoo aka free -why do you always defend Bev? Maybe that's a problem to discuss with your therapist?

August 26, 2012
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Free is now posting as soofootoo.

September 1, 2012
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I hope your family can come to some sort of agreement over a nice holiday BBQ

September 27, 2012
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It might be best to consult a prescription doctor or professional pharmacist regarding the safety of the drug. They should know as they are the ones expert for that matter. A certain drug will always be good to take as long as you do not abuse it or dose it that contradicts to your health. Always pay to check the label and be sure to ask the physician before taking certain medications.

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