Carol had her asthma under control when her doctor suggested a switch in medications -- a switch to a dangerous alternative. Fortunately, Carol had a second opinion from Public Citizen's Dr. Sidney Wolfe and WorstPills.org. It's not the only time Carol avoided risky treatment.
Dear Public Citizen,
I am a WorstPills.org subscriber.
Several years ago, my doctor wanted me to start taking Advair for my asthma. I consulted your Web site, saw it was not recommended, and got back to him with the information I was quite happy with Azmacort and did not want to change. When I went back, I took a copy of your information. (My asthma is well under control, and flares up only when I am exposed to tobacco smoke or pet an animal).
I will be taking a copy of your latest information into him, as I did when I refused any more HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) back in 1999. At the time, he (and another doctor) tried very hard to convince me it was necessary. Thankfully, I stuck to my decision and quit (I didn't have uncomfortable menopause symptoms - my problems were because of all circulatory/heart problems in the family).
Thank you so much for keeping me from ingesting dangerous, unneeded drugs over the years. You perform a true service to citizens, and I appreciate it. I won't take any medication until I check your site first.
Best - Carol
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