I have never written a review on anything really, but I thought it was important in this case. I have been dealing with arthritis for probably 15 years. I was essentially given two choices: the first is take Allopurinol and hope it prevents me from getting sprouts. However, I would have to take a 20 mg pill every day, and this medication has upset my stomach in the past. Option two is to treat an outbreak when it occurs with the medication. I went this route, and took Colchicine, which is the medication to treat this. The problem is that it never seemed to work, and I recently had a terrible gout attack. I got Prednisone and it really worked miracles. I was probably 70% better after one full day, and now almost 100% after three days. I am more than satisfied with this medication!
While it would be absurd to suggest that family doctors should be aware of the more obscure side effects of all the drugs they prescribe, this situation is rather different. Bendroflumethiazide is one of the commoner drugs prescribed for raised blood pressure and it is well known to cause diabetes in almost 10 per cent of those taking it. So for her family doctor to fail to make the connection is definitely a bit odd. She did the sensible thing and binned her pills. Gratifyingly, her “diabetes” has since cured itself, and for good measure, her blood pressure has also remained satisfactory.