After interviewing family, friends and coworkers this is what they know about the medications they take:
Informant 1: Does birth control count?
Informant 1: I take birth control called TriNessa. The side effects can be weight gain, sore breasts and nausea. The same amount is taken, one pill every day, and if it is missed the next day you can take two pills but never more than two pills a day. I don’t really know anything about herbal medication.
Me: Good! Now let me see if I can educate you…
Informat 1: Okay, would be good to be more educated on what I take every day.
Me: TriNessa prevents your ovaries from firing eggs. May alter cervical mucus and uterus lining to prevent sperm penetration and egg attachment (so thick mucus and bad farming season). Not only prevents pregnancy but decreases acne, menstrual bleed and symptoms of PMS and menopause. It increases folate levels as well, preventing brain defects in your baby. Biggest side effects: Risk for dislodged blood clots and inflamed pancreas. May decrease effects of Tylenol. If you take it with St. John’s Wort herbal medicine, TriNessa will be less effective. Grapefruit juice may increase its effects and risk of toxicity.
Informant 1: Huh, very interesting. I feel like I like my birth control even better now. Thanks!
Me: Missed dose: Take as soon as remembered or if it’s already the next day…you’re correct, take 2 pills. If you miss 2 days in a row, take 2 pills a day for the next 2 days then go back to your regular routine and use another birth ontrol method for the rest of the cycle. You’re welcome!
Informant 1: I didn’t know about taking 2 pills for the next 2 days. That’s good to know!
Employees of a Clinical Lab
Informant 2: My coworkers said they liked to read about the side effects of the medications that they are prescribed. Although not very familiar with generic names, they know some of the more common generic names of over the counter meds like Tylenol (acetaminophen) and other cold meds. Most of them have experienced homeopathic or herbal medications during their lifetime.
This is my opinion. I think common people who have no medical or paramedical background will research and ask more questions about the meds that they are taking. Most people from older generations are more likely to have more experience with homeopathic medicine than younger generations.
Employees of a Pharmaceutical Company (most are not pharmacists or pharmacy technicians)
Informant 3: One of them used to work as a pharmacist tech and always asks questions and Googles information on her medications. She has not tried herbal medicine. Out of my six officemates, only one said they tried herbals. Overall, all of us agree that we always want to know more information about the meds that are prescribed to us and we look for it.