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    Quote Originally Posted by PatInTheHat View Post
    So what are you saying, that you found the drug that works for you being possibly recommended for your condition via a television commercial, and you took that advertised recommendation to your doctor, and it was only then that he/she thought it to be a good idea prescribing it for you?
    Regardless, I'm so very happy you found something that's working to help give you relief for your condition!
    Mmmm..... I hate to admit this, but that's not my case. I actually discovered Humira the old fashioned way: through a Doctor's recomendation. But i'm sure there are other people that do find out about it through the doctor.

    The fact does remain however, that big pharma has been allowed to advertise their products, the way they now do, to astronomically boost profits, and in doing so (specifically, in the way they do them), in my opinion, they irresponsibly prey upon our all to human need to find our very own, make us feel all better, medical magic bullets.
    That's pretty much Mr. King's exact argument. And it is an extremely persuasive one and you and Mr. King make it very well.

    And i would agree that it's probably better to not have advertisements at all than the state of advertisements now where 1. The benefits are portrayed as all sunshine and rainbows and fairie dust and happiness with happy music and the side effects and potential hazards are listed in 15 seconds at the end. I get that the present situation is probably bad and i agree with them that there are thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of people dead because of the vioxx comercials.

    Where i will disagree strongly is in the whole idea that the people seeking out the drugs are being big babies, asking Daddy to make it all better. In my experience it's not that at all. You want to live. I could barely get out of bed, to move or bend in any way at all was agony. I was walking like an old man and i was in my early 40s. Yeah, i wanted a Dr. to make it better, but i don't think i was being whiny. Plus, isn't it the Dr's Job to make it better? Isn't that the function of medicine to make it better? Are we asking big daddy to make it better if we go to a Dr. for a fever or pneumonia? I don't think so. Why do we consider people babies if they go for a chronic condition?

    In a way you can use SK's argument against taking ANY medication. In the entire pharmacology class i'm taking i've yet to come by ONE medication, including the over the counter medications that does not have some side effects. Here's what it says about tylenol:

    Gastrointerological: Hepatic failure, hepatoxicity (overdose or use with alcohol) Genitourany: Renal failure (high doses/ chronic use) Hematological: Neurtropenia, pancytopenia, leukopenia Derm: rash, urticaria.

    Check concentrations of liquid preparations. Errors have resulted in serious liver damage. The drug is dosed by weight according to age and the dose must be exact.

    Sounds scary, but i'm still going to take it if i have a headache. I just won't take more than 4000 mg a day and i won't take it with alcohol. Problem solved. I'm not being a baby or a whiner and i'm not expecting a miracle from the "snake oil". I have a headache i want it to go away and the potential benefits far outweigh the potential dangers.

    Same thing is true with Humira. I regularly go to the Doctors to get my blood drawn to make sure there's no liver damage, i don't take it if i have a cold or flu. As long as i know the risks and the proper precautions i think there's nothing wrong with me taking it.

    There already is regulation as to how drugs are advertised. They're not listing all the things wrong with drugs at the end because they're just all that honest. They're doing it becuase regulations make them. My proposal is to just add a few more regs, make them give as much time to the potential problems as the benefits, don't allow the music or the selling. As Chriss Rock says, Crack sells crack. If a drug works it doesn't need a sales pitch.

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    charmin toilet paper bear----- The bits and pieces stuck to the bear bottom after doing his business is...... ummmm ???? (I can't think of a word)

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    Quote Originally Posted by boogerb53 View Post
    Jeff Foxworthy does a bit about the side effects of drugs that is hilarious!

    My sister was on one of the fat blocking drugs and one of the side effects was gas with oily discharge.... UNBELIEVABLE BUT TRUE!!!!!!
    I can't decide which word was funnier. "oily" or "discharge" The two words together is Hilarious.

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    Reading all this, I would like American TV ads to get exported to my country for a good laugh. We are mostly so boring over here

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    There's a Travelocity commercial--you know the ones with the gnome statue--with a couple on a beach, the guy is setting up a big umbrella and says something like, "Umbrella!", and his lady, who has a drink with an umbrella in it, says, "Little umbrellas...", and then the guy's face is coated with something white, and he says, "SPF I'm in heaven!", and she says, "I'm gonna be red as a lobster!".

    Is Travelocity trying to scare me? It's working.

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    It's got to be the Cialis ads. What's with the bath tubs anyway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry B View Post
    It's got to be the Cialis ads. What's with the bath tubs anyway?
    Lets hop Viagra doesn't start using them. The next ad will have 7 guys in separate tubs in the middle of a field singing Viva Viagra.

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    The McDonalds commercial that has the lady screeching/singing "GOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING FAM-A LEE" on the roof...IN the open...WTH????

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    That JG Wentworth commercial where they first say "It's my money, and I need it NOW!!" over and over, then sing the phone number over and over. My 4 and 5 year olds run around the house going "It's my money, and I need it NOW!! and then sing random numbers, like 1-784, CASH NOW, they always get the CASH NOW part of it right!

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    Is anyone else tired of those two guys on the ski lift? You know, the AT&T ad where the jilted guy throws the other guys phone? Over and over and over and over. Enough already AT&T. We need something new please.

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