Archive for September 2004

Text on Bottles of Drugs, iv through viii

September 30, 2004

Sub-level ii of the meme ‘text on things’.Text on BOTTLES of Drugs iv, v, vi, and vii, including half empty bottles of medication which were – at some point in the last twelve months – discontinued because they could not longer be tolerated.

Text on Drugs in Bottles iv, WELLBUTRIN
A squarish white plastic bottle with label taped on reads:

Side i (bottle cap) :
TO OPEN Wellbutrin SR 150mg / Do not drink alcoholic beverages
Buporpin HCI 150mg / when taking this
60 TAB GLW / Dr ******, *. / medication.
TAKE 1 TABLET TWICE DAILY 8
HOURS APART
red sticker pasted on bottle reads: Do not chew or crush.
Swallow hole.

Text on Drugs in Bottles v, RESPIRDAL
A tall cylindrical orange bottle with white label pasted on and white cap reads:

Side i (bottle cap):
—CLOSE TIGHTLY—>
DRUGstore (as logo with dropped ‘x’ in RX’)
PHARMACY ( Logo continues)
—OUR OVRIR PRESSER ET TOURNER—>

Side ii (body of bottle) reads:
DRUGstore (as logo with dropped ‘x’ in RX’) / address of pharmacy
PHARMACY ( Logo continues) / address of pharmacy continues.
Rx LDU****** / Sun 27-jun-04
Patient’s name /Refills:0
Risperdal 1mg
Respiridone
30 TAB JNO / Dr. ******, ****** *.
TAKE 1 TABLET AT BEDTIME.

Text on Drugs in Bottles vi, CLONAZEPAM

A tall cylindrical orange bottle with white label pasted on and white cap reads:

Side i (bottle cap):
—CLOSE TIGHTLY—>
DRUGstore (as logo with dropped ‘x’ in RX’)
PHARMACY ( Logo continues)
—OUR OVRIR PRESSER ET TOURNER—>

Side ii (body of bottle) reads:
DRUGstore (as logo with dropped ‘x’ in RX’) / address of pharmacy
PHARMACY ( Logo continues) / address of pharmacy continues.
Rx LDU****** / Mon 17-Nov-03
Patient’s name /Refills:0
Novo-Clonazepam 0.5 mg
Clonezepam 0.5 mg
30 TAB NOP / Dr. ******, ****** *.
TAKE 1 TABLET AT BEDTIME AS DIRECTED.

Side ii, part A (a red sticker running perpendicular to text) reads:
May cause drowsiness. Alcohol
may intensify this effect. Use care
when operating a car or
dangerous machinery.

Text on Drugs in Bottles vii, ZOLOFT
A tall cylindrical orange bottle with white label pasted on and white cap reads:

Side i (bottle cap):
—CLOSE TIGHTLY—>
DRUGstore (as logo with dropped ‘x’ in RX’)
PHARMACY ( Logo continues)
—OUR OVRIR PRESSER ET TOURNER—>

Side ii (body of bottle) reads:
DRUGstore (as logo with dropped ‘x’ in RX’) / address of pharmacy
PHARMACY ( Logo continues) / address of pharmacy continues.
Rx LDU****** / Wed 27-Mar-02
Patient’s name / Rep:02
Sertraline HCI 100 mg
Clonezepam 0.5 mg
60 CAP NOP / Dr. ******, ****** *.
TAKE 2 CAPSULES EVERY
MORNING

Side ii, part A (a red sticker running parallel to text) reads:
C 1976 PHARMEX beside strange pictogram that looks like a half closed eye followed by a lightning bolt
May cause drowsiness. Alcohol
may intensify this effect. Use care
when operating a car or
dangerous machinery.

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Text on Drugs iii

September 26, 2004

With appologies to the real Text on Thing’ers. You can see their frightfully accurate work here, or even here. Is there such a thing a sub-meme?
It has occured to me that in documneting the text on anything, one may be contributing to a sort of twenty first century enclopedia gone mad.

Text on Drugs iii: Seroquel.

A single white card with ten Seroquel tablets embedded in indiviual plastic pods.

Side i (front of card)

AstraZeneca

S ‘ (stylized, two joining ‘c’s the top in red, the bottom blue.)

AM Seroquel PM
quetiapine / quetiapine
(embedded 25 mg tab)—————> (embedded 25 mg tab)

DAY/JOUR 1 25 mg b.i.d.

AM Seroquel PM
quetiapine / quetiapine
(embedded 50 mg tab)—————> (embedded 50 mg tab)

DAY/JOUR 2 50 mg b.i.d.

AM Seroquel PM
quetiapine / quetiapine
(embedded 100 mg tab)———–> (embedded 100 mg tab)

DAY/JOUR 3 100 mg b.i.d.

AM Seroquel PM
quetiapine / quetiapine
(embedded 150 mg tab)———–> (embedded 150 mg tab)

DAY/JOUR 4 100 mg b.i.d.

522260 P0962666

Side ii (back of card)

AstraZeneca

S ‘ (stylized/ two joining ‘c’s the top in red, the bottom blue.)

AM Seroquel PM
quetiapine / quetiapine
(embedded 25 mg tab)—————> (embedded 25 mg tab)

DAY/JOUR 1 25 mg b.i.d.

AM Seroquel PM
quetiapine / quetiapine
(embedded 50 mg tab)—————> (embedded 50 mg tab)

DAY/JOUR 2 50 mg b.i.d.

AM Seroquel PM
quetiapine / quetiapine
(embedded 100 mg tab)———–> (embedded 100 mg tab)

DAY/JOUR 3 100 mg b.i.d.

AM Seroquel PM
quetiapine / quetiapine
(embedded 150 mg tab)———–> (embedded 150 mg tab)

DAY/JOUR 4 100 mg b.i.d.

LOT BR511
EXP 2004 OC 522260 P0962666

Text on Drugs ii

September 24, 2004

Text on Drugs ii, Second Installment:

I’m developing my own protocol – how dare I ? – simply because I have no idea what the protocol for the real /original Text on Things is .Proposed is the following: A sub-meme in a style suited to Text on Drugs because as far as I know I am the only one documenting the Text that is on Drugs and/ or medication samples, prescription bottles and/or promotional paraphernalia, as opposed to ‘things’.

Legend:
(*F) = the preceding was French
(*E/F) = The preceding was English, then French
(*FF) = the following is a French translation of an ealier Text and will not be re-written.

TEXT on DRUGS ii, An Effexor sample in booklet form containing seven pills in clear plastic shells.

Side i (front cover of booklet) in hard, heavy, white card stock reads:

DIN 02237280
EFFEXOR (logo in black) XR (in a rainbow of colours melting down to darkest at bottom)
Venlafaxine Hydorchloride
Extened Realese Capsules
chlorhydrate de venlafaxine (*F)
capsules a liberation prolongee (*F)
75 mg
venfaxine/ capsule
Physician’s sample/Echantillon (*E/F)
Antidepressant/Anxiolytic
Antidepresseur/Anioxlytique (*F)
7 Extended Release Capsules
capsules a liberation prolonguee (*F)
XR

Side ii ( inside of cover, left side) has small pocket with patient information pamphlet not covered in this Text on Drugs, reads:

Antidepressant/Anxiolytic
Usual Adult Dosage:
Antidepressant: 75-225 mg per day, taken as a singel dose with food. Dose increments of up to 75 mg per day should be made at intervals of approximately two weeks or more but not less than four days.
Anxiolytic:Recommended starting dose 37.5 mg/day, usual dose 75 mg/day, maximum recommended dose 225 mg/day taken as single dose with food. Dose increments should be made in increments of up to 75 mg/day at intervals not less than four days.
Product Monograph available to physicians and pharmacists upon request.
Store at 15 – 30 C, in a dry place
Not recommended for use in children under the age of 18.
Keep out of reach of children.

Hoorays Withdrawnwn

September 20, 2004

From the last, and ever lasting post of Soblo;

Hooray for you
Everybody wants to leave something behind them, some impression, some mark upon the world. And then you think, you’ve left a mark on the world if you just get through it and a few people remember your name. Then you’ve left a mark. You don’t have to bend the world. I think it’s better just to enjoy it. Pay your dues and enjoy it. If you shoot an arrow and it goes real high, hooray for you. -Dorian Corey, “Paris is Burning”

This quote is actually a place holder for a weblog. Soblo hasn’t posted anything else in many weeks. He gave up blogging when a real time friend discovered his secret postings on blogspot.com. In other words, Soblo had been deriding and insulting those friends who inhabit his real-time life-space and was naive enough to belive these ‘real’ people wouldn’t find him out.

Now far be it from we humble readers – as he was fond of calling the non-persons who read his blog – far be it from us to suggest anyone should be working harder or contributing more or shooting higher. After all, Soblo DOES does have a job and even some educational pursuits to keep him busy. But that’s not the point of his banner. The point is he’s tired of explaining to us why he should bother to extend himself at all, and so he finds a quote that explains it for him.

So no more blog from Soblo. Ok. It’s a bit sad, but we’ll live.
But seriously this is “Paris is Burning” the man is quoting here to represent himself in his absence.

Just a little misleading.
Just a tad disingenuous.

To leave this ‘ banner ‘ in place of a blog is an obnoxious reminder that Soblo has decided to bugger off and “just enjoy it” without even attempting to draw his bow. Has he suffered so much he can no longer bare to do anything but indulge his dotage of the moment?

True, bending the world is not necessary.
And if Dorion Corey is somewhat brittle about his right to enjoyment, so be it. He has his reasons. He does not, incidentally, insist on his right to pleasure, just a little enjoyment.

These ” Paris is Burning” men are stuck at the bottom of the heap; doubly, and then triply hated for being gay, poor and/or black and/or drag queens with most of the men being all four things at once. The likelihood that society will even give them the chance to do something meaningful is less than zero. Serioulsy, society doesn’t want the men of Paris is burning to even exist.

From Dorion Corey, ” I think it’s better to just enjoy it” makes sense because he has had none of the opportunities most folks are afforded to get even a sliver of enjoyment out of his life.

From Soblo it’s something altogether more menacing.

Firstly, he shares only one shameful quality with the downtrodden men of the film; being gay – except he merely happens to be a male person who happens to be gay .

Second, thirdly and so on, he’s white, he’s employed and unless he’s otherwise having a secret life he’s certainly no drag queen.

It leaves one with a terribly empty feeling to know that a privileged, good looking, white, able-bodied, highly educated man who happens to be gay can second the musings of poor, black drag queens to rationalize his wanton indulgences.

Hoorays for Soblo withdrawn.

TEXT ON DRUGS

September 19, 2004

Following the current meme text on things – something I admit I don’t really get – I present to you:Text on Drugs having no clue about correct protocol for text on things

A Box of Celexa

Side i (front) of box:

Full coverage on all provincial formularies.
Celexa
citalopram

Side ii (top) has 6 smaller boxes with actual Celexa tabs reading:

7 Tablets/comprimes
Celexa
20 mg
7 Tablets/comprimes
Celexa
20 mg Tablets/comprimes
Celexa
20 mg 7 Tablets/comprimes
Celexa
20 mg 7 Tablets/comprimes
Celexa
20 mg 7 Tablets/comprimes
Celexa
20 mg

Side i (front) of box cont:

(Illustrated is a happy, hetero, good looking under-40 white couple smiling at each other)
This is the only kind of interaction your depressed patient needs.
SSRI Therapy
once a day Celaxa
6 X 7 ( 20 mg tablets) citalopram
Physicains’s sample highly selective, highly tolerable.

Side iii (Bottom) of box:

Celexa is indicated for the symptomatic relief of depressive illness .Celexa has been shown to significantly reduce relapse rate up to 24 weeks in patients who respond to 5 to 8 weeks of acute treatment with Celxa.Nevertheless, as with other SSRI’s the physician who elects to use Celexa for extended periods of time should periodically reevaluate the long term usefulness of Celexa for the individual patients. Celexa should not be used in combination with MAOI’s or within 14 days of discontinuing use with a MAOI. Similarly at least 14 days should elapse after discontinuing Celexa treatment before starting a MAOI.

* In vetro data. Comparitive clinical significance is unknown. Most common adverse events for Celaxa were mild and transient nausea (20.6% vs. 13,4% for placebo), dry mouth (19.4% vs, 12,2% for placebo) and somnolence (17.3% vs. 9.9% for placebo).Discontuation rates dues to adverse effects were 15.9 and 7.7% for Celexa and placebo respectively.

Side iv of box:

SSRI therapy
Celexa
Highly selective, highly tolerable.

Side v of box:

SSRI therapy
Celexa
Highly selective, highly tolerable.

Side vi (back) of box:

For more information, please refer to the Celexa Product Monograph.
Celexa is a registered trademark of Lundbeck Canada Inc.
Lundbeck (logo) co-promoted with BIOVAIL (logo) pharmaceuticals
Montreal, Quebec Mississauga, Ontario CEL-012-02-F PAAB (logo) Memeber RX&D (logo).

Note: this is merely a recording of what’s written on the box of drugs. I don’t endorse any of it. In fact, I found Celexa to be niether ‘highly tolerable’ nor ‘highly selective’.

ME ‘OL PA

September 15, 2004

I’m swelled with pride.

See, me ol’ Pa , it turns out, after a whole hard life of sticking to it has now had a chunk of bricks and mortar named after him. He didn’t need to pay for it, my old man, he never has had. No. My last name is going to be on that building because someone (Dad) worked so hard to save so many lives and make so many others more comfortable.

When I heard about this I was so proud.
I hope I don’t get emotional at the dedication ceremony.

It’s always been the case that if I mention my last name around someone who works in the same field as he does, I get treated with a sort of nervous respect which I can hardly claim is my due. I’m used to people having a deep, almost fearful respect for my dad.

But I’ve never been this proud.
I need not to draw attention to myself in any way.

And now, anyone who uses, or passes by, or reads about this new building will know this name of ours. Do I prepare for the possibility that , out of the blue, someone might genuflect or give me snap-snap service upon hearing my last name? I couldn’t stand the guilt. We share a name, my dad and me, but the building and the recognition and respect are all his .I have yet to do anything that commands that kind of attention. And still, with all my life-skill deficits, I know my father respects me.

So I need to be respectful and not lose control at the dedication.

When one of my siblings won every academic award the university could offer save one, my mother gently collapsed into her seat and began weeping as the rest of the auditorium gave my sibling a seemingly endless standing ovation. I couldn’t understand this display by my mother. I would have thought she would be the last one standing and clapping .Turns out she was just over-taken with pride.

My God! Will I start crying at this ceremony?
No. I’ll steady myself, stoically rise and politely clap – the way good sons do.

My mom has had a somewhat shitty life. That day something exceptional happened and so she reacted in an exceptional way. She was bowled over that something this wonderfull happened to one of her pride-and-joys.

I recall her telling the story of being received with open hostility when she tried to share her pride with some of the ladies. “Pride is a selfish thing”, she was told – one of the ‘ seven deadly’s ‘ even. Good, waspy ladies of her ilk just shouldn’t be wallowing in it and certainly not be sharing it with others. What right had she to take credit for someone else’s accomplishments anyway?

The silly old bats had missed the boat completely. My mother had known some pretty intense pain in her life and now, in stunning contrast, she was joyful because someone she loved was joyful, rewarded. She is an avidly un-selfish woman and so is her pride She just felt obligated to tell people as a sort proof of her dedication my sibling.

Maybe I’ll stand tall and clap my hands off at the dedication ceremony – to hell with stoicism.

But If my mother and I melt into a puddle of tears, me ‘ol Pa will know we’ re not being showy or dramatic or selfish. He will know it’s all just a little joy over someone we love being so highly, and deservedly, celebrated.

Read Aloud

September 9, 2004

If you are being challenged by someone, anyone, who doesn’t understand depression, go here and read it aloud – the whole thing – to the misunderstander.

If you’re feeling a little itchy to advise someone with any mental illness, go to the same place and read the entire article aloud or to yourself.

Kudos firecat and thanks Stef.