Medication Shortage? Will This be an Issue?

An interesting posed question to me this week got me thinking, and it is one that I want to discuss today. We are all adjusting to the coronavirus in different ways. In California yesterday, the Governor issued a “Stay-at-Home” order for all non-essential people, and individual counties since the beginning of the week have been issuing “Shelter-in-Place” orders, including my own on Tuesday. Will there be an issue with getting my medication? Like those of us that take medication for our mental health, it is an important one to think about as our society is changing what seems like daily.

I would recommend that you stay up on the news and make sure that your sources for the coronavirus information are a legit outlet. The other thing I would recommend is that if you can work from home, it would be advantageous. With California roughly the population size of a country like Italy, and we see what is going on there, it is vital to keep things in perspective. Only go out when you need to, and stay home is an excellent way to prevent this virus from spreading. (I am no expert, but I see college students going on Spring Break, and it really irks me because even if they don’t get it, they can spread it to someone like our elderly population. Just my thought.)

When it comes to medication, so far talking to my own pharmacy that has its personal delivery service, it is essential to stay on top of your medicine. Now, again, I am just a regular person, but if you can talk to your doctors about 60-day supplies if possible. I know personally, my clonazepam, since I am on a high dose, I can only have a 15-day supply (it is a controlled substance as are all benzos.) Still, it is important to talk to your doctors about the possibility of getting more medications if the essential things like pharmacies begin to close down. 

Also, you might consider alternative medications with your doctor.

An Interesting Side Effect of Our Current Times

I had an interesting experience that I wanted to share within this post.

Yesterday I spent a portion of my day on the phone with my doctors–psychiatrist and my primary care doctor to make sure that all my medications had refills. What an exciting time that we are living in today with everything conducted from home. I work mostly from home with work and school, so the transition was smooth, but this week I got to experience what a Starbucks looks like completely empty. (What is interesting is that I have gone all week without coffee.) With the closing of all bars, restaurants are limited to deliveries and take out, along with coffee shops only for pick up, I decided it was time to transition back to tea.

With everything, I believe that eventually, we will find a place where things work out, and this life can get back to normal. I have no idea when that is, but the hope I have right now is everything. I will be talking about isolation and its dangers in another post. As always, stay strong in the fight. If you ever need someone to talk to, please reach out to me or a mental health professional. These are tough times, but we can get through them.

Always Keep Fighting

James

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5 Replies to “Medication Shortage? Will This be an Issue?”

  1. I’m glad you brought up this topic, which is a little bit scary! Like you said, some medications are restricted to short-term supplies, but it is a good reminder to people to stay on top of their medication during this time. Also, thanks for mentioning the concept of “asympotmatic spreading,” which means that you can pass on the virus without even knowing you have it; we should all be thinking of protecting others right now (and always!), not just ourselves. Looking forward to more of your thoughtful posts as the crisis continues to unfold across the world.

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    1. Thank you Anna. I would never worry about it but things seem to be changing on a daily basis. There are talks in California to have national guards stationed at stores to check your temperature before even going in. In this pandemic things can change. Without medication it is a really significant thing to think about what going a day or even weeks could mean. Hopefully pharmacies continue to stay open in these perilous times. Stay safe! I will be writing more in the future for sure as things continue. Writing has been great for me.

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  2. Thankyou for spreading the much needed message in this hour of uncertainty.
    I truly admire your spirit to fight an it is the only thing that will help us get through this rough phase for whole mankind.
    Hope everything reverts to normal soon!

    Stay blessed 🙂
    -theinkwarrior

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    1. Thank you. I agree, we need the right information out there because with this mental illness life some can’t go without important medications. It’s something of worry but educating yourself and talking to your professional doctors can be very helpful in this rough time. Thank you for reading.

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      1. I totally agree with you and really appreciate your conscious efforts in educating yourself and others, especially, when this information is critical.
        Keeping everyone braving their ways through various illnesses and the infected people in my prayers.

        Thank you 🙂

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