October 08, 2004

Decongestants….to make you feel better or worse?

A couple of days ago I realised that I was going to get the flu…Aside from the fact that I was furious since I've been REALLY careful, I also realized that I had forgotten to bring with me the only medicine that makes me feel better when I have a blocked nose. It is called Dexa-Rhina Spray and apparently we only have it in Greece.
Anyway, after a long night when I hadn't been able to sleep AT ALL, I requested a very good friend of mine to go to the Pharmacy and bring me the strongest decongestant she could find. I asked her to talk to the Pharmacist and explain the situation. She did her best! I have no doubt about it! Half an hour later, she came back with a decongestant . I took one of them and it really made me feel better…About 4 hours later, before going to bed, I took another one in order to have a good night's sleep as the next day I had a really important class. Well, 4 of the longest hours of my life later, I realised that one of the side-effects of this medicine was insomnia! Not only wasn't I able to sleep at all (until 6am!) but my pulse was that fast that I felt like my heart would just jump out of my body and start dancing samba!

So, I wonder, what went wrong? Should I risk not sleeping by not taking any decongestant or should I risk not sleeping but actually taking a decongestant? Although I read the 'manual' before taking the medicine, I didn't think I would be one of the cases when the side-effects actually happen.

What I would like to make clear is that this is NO FAULT of my friend. I don't know whether it is really somebody's fault or it was a really unfortunate event. However, the result is the same. I missed my class the other day and I had to work twice as hard during the weekend to catch up.

So, my advise ? DON'T GET THE FLU! Take loads of vitamins and eat healthily, don't smoke (yes…I am a bad girl..I smoke)and don't trust decongestants!

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