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Posted on Saturday 26 January 2008 at 10:58 am

Pills, pills, and more pills

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I went to the pharmacy yesterday to pick up my prescriptions. I used to only be able to get a month at a time but they've recently gone to giving me three months at a time. Having three months worth of my pills in the house at one time creates some interesting images that I feel like sharing. I'm not sure why I feel like sharing other than the pills are here, the camera is here, and I can. And really, isn't that reason enough?

Each day I take eight pills of the primary medication for my Crohn's disease.

Eight daily pills times seven days a week makes for 56 pills a week.

I get my pills in nice big bottles. Each bottle has a 15-day supply or just over two weeks worth of pills. Eight pills a day times 15 days equals 120 pills in a bottle.

Assuming 30 days for an average month (close enough), one month is two bottles or 240 pills.

Since I now get three months worth at a time, that's six bottles.

Or 720 pills every three months.
Three Months

Impressive, no?


drumher at 4:03 pm on 26 January 2008 (UTC) (Link)
...and in such a pretty shade of blue!
bratty_jedi at 4:09 pm on 26 January 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Aren't they cute? Each one of these pills has 500 mg of medication in it. I used to take twice as many pills at a time because each pill was only 250 mg. Those ones were the same pretty blue for half the capsule and a greenish for the other half. I have to say, I think the mixed colors were prettier but I'll stick with the plainer ones since it means half as many pills.
lady_bracknell at 5:09 pm on 26 January 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, they're pretty. Mine are clear on the outside, and look a bit like they're filled with sawdust.....
bratty_jedi at 5:20 pm on 26 January 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Each one of these are filled with hundreds of little white dots. Sometimes one will bust open and I have little pellets everywhere for weeks before I find them all. Of course, if one of the outer capsules has even the slightest crack in it, I'm not supposed to take it so it is quite the waste when they do break.
lady_bracknell at 5:22 pm on 26 January 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I've had those kind of ones in the past. It amused me for a good ten seconds to shake them and hear them rattle, imagining they might do that as I swallowed them....
bratty_jedi at 5:38 pm on 26 January 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Totally. I'm not supposed to take them if the shell is broken because the shell is formulated to not dissolve in my stomach but get all the way to my intestines and then break down to get the medicine where it is actually supposed to be. The idea of all those little pills floating around in my stomach with the pellets rattling around inside them is just so weird.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 5:11 pm on 26 January 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I think Tonks would like the color!

It's a good thing I don't have any need for medication because I can't swallow ones nearly that size. If I ever do get sick, I'm going to be in trouble, lol.
bratty_jedi at 5:17 pm on 26 January 2008 (UTC) (Link)
They're certainly bright!

When I was a kid, I couldn't even swallow an itty-bitty sudafed by myself. I had to hold my head backa nd hold my nose while my dad three it done my throat. When I first started taking these, I could only do two at once. Now I can toss back 10-12 pills (four of these and other random assorted ones every morning) at once with a swig of water and I don't even think about it. You just kind of get used to it. Or at least I did.
lady_bracknell at 5:24 pm on 26 January 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I remember getting my first bottle, with a diagram of the pills on the side that said 'actual size', and thinking they must have mistakenly given me rhino medicine or something. You do get used to it, though. I can take mine without water now if I have to.
littlepixiechic at 5:28 pm on 26 January 2008 (UTC) (Link)
As always, your medication is incredibly impressive (and pretty!). It's even MORE impressive to see you down as many pills as you do at once.
bratty_jedi at 5:36 pm on 26 January 2008 (UTC) (Link)
At some level I'm aware of how many pills I take. But knowing I take 720 pills every three months and actually seeing all 720 pills at once are two different things. If they ever give me a year's worth of pills at once, I think I'd really freak out. I can't even begin to conceptualize what almost 3,000 pills (2,880 for 12 months of 30 days each or 2,920 for exactly 365 days) would look like.
Wild Magelet
wildmagelet at 8:49 pm on 26 January 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, I like the blue. My pills are the size of horse pills and a boring old tan pink colour.
bratty_jedi at 10:09 pm on 26 January 2008 (UTC) (Link)
A fringe benefit of this post is that I'm finding out I apparently have the cutest pills on the flist. Go me :)

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