Commercials for prescription drugs have to tell some of the truth. In fact, a good portion of air time for these products is taken up with reasons you might want to avoid them, and warnings about common side effects. Trulicity™ is just one example of the poisons consumers and their doctors are encouraged to use for treatments.
A big part of diabetes control is monitoring your “A1C”. Every 3 months or so, a diabetic has to submit to a blood test to determine if their average blood glucose level is stable.
If a diabetic’s condition isn’t controlled, he will get congestive heart failure and kidney disease. He can develop gangrene, lose his limbs and go blind. In short, it is certainly understandable why a diabetic would be attracted to a medicine that promises to keep his A1C at a normal level automatically.
Along comes our friends at Lily® with a product that will not only lower your A1C, but will also wink wink nod nod, probably help you lose weight, even though it really hasn’t been approved for that. Since weight is a problem for many diabetics, this additional promise might have special appeal.
Trulicity™ isn’t insulin. If your body is capable of producing some insulin, but not enough to keep your blood sugar normal, drugs like Trulicity™ might be prescribed because they force the pancreas to produce more. In this way, the drugs theoretically stabilizes the diabetic’s A1C, and consequently his blood sugar.
Trulicity™ is easy to administer. It comes in a pen that the patient injects into his belly, thigh, or the back of his arm. One dose takes 5 seconds. Then he is free to put the used pen into a “sharps box”, and call his local authorities for instructions on how to dispose of it.
If you think disposing of toxic pens is bad for the environment, wait until you hear what can happen to a person who actually ingests the medicine. First, we’ll talk about people who shouldn’t take Trulicity™.
If you have had medullary thyroid cancer, or a family member is so cursed, Trulicity™ is not right for you. If you have ketoacidosis, you better take a pass. Finally, if you are allergic to its ingredients, Trulicity™ could make you absolutely miserable.
Okay, I have a couple questions here. Does a doctor test you for ketoacidosis or medullary thyroid cancer before prescribing the poison pen? And, pray tell, how will I know whether or not I am allergic to the stuff before I take it?
Just think. If you dose yourself on Monday, and you are allergic, you will suffer a reaction for a whole week, or longer. What are you supposed to do except “call your doctor if…”
And, what’s more to the point, what is your doctor going to do? Will she admit you to the hospital? Maybe, there is a drug to counteract the allergy. And, if you’re real lucky, it will come in a convenient easy to use toxic pen.
If you don’t have an allergy to Trulicity™, don’t feel bad. You’ll still have ample reason to call in sick.
Common side effects include rash, diarrhea, and vomiting. You can also get lumps, and become short of breath. Finally, your kidneys can take a mighty hit that could land you on dialysis.
As you can see, the side effects to Trulicity™ can cause as much suffering as the disease itself. But, Gentle Reader, there is a possible tragedy that the FDA hasn’t warned consumers to avoid. Picture this.
A very pregnant woman is sitting in her living room watching the Trulicity™ commercial. Suddenly, her face lights up with the joy that only those who have finally solved a vexing problem experience.
“Honey,” she yells to her husband in the next room, “I know what we can call the baby!”