Methotrexate packaging - a rant
I don’t normally go in for rants but, hey, never say never. On this occasion I’m prepared to make an exception.
Over 20 years ago, when I first started on methotrexate, it came in two strengths 2.5mgs and 5mgs, with the 5mgs being slightly larger and darker, and In one of those childproof containers you had to ask your kids to open for you. Not a problem.
After a while, the 5mgs were discontinued. I heard it was due to some patients confusing 5mgs and 2.5mgs. Well, maybe they could have made them different colours or created a bigger difference in sizes but no matter. By licking my forefinger I could manage to get 3-4 on it and in my mouth at a time.
More recently, they started to arrive in blister packs. Oh come on! Meth is the go-to treatment for R.A. and where does R.A. normally start? Yup, you got it – fingers. With the aid of a sharp fingernail (I score the underside of blister packs as I’ve yet to find a pill pusher that works on one size/shape let alone the variety of such that I have) With the aid of a few choice words, I made it.
Today I started a new pack. Even tinier pills and even tighter blister pack. I had to give in and ask Mr SW’s assistance.
My arthritis treatment is making me more disabled. That’s just *******s.
Ah, that’s better. I’ll get myself a nice big, soothing cuppa now. No more meth until next week.
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