Thursday, July 10, 2008

Gripe, gripe, gripe

I really shouldn't gripe, but you know I will anyway. Since I'm less than two weeks away from the Big Slice-n-Dice, I had to stop taking the blessed wonderful arthritis-whooper drug. Something about excess bleeding during surgery or something. Whatevs.

I. Hurt. A. Lot.

[cue pitiful infant wailing]

But I *am* in a much better frame of mind than I was last weekend. If I'm stuck in bed now, at least it's not because I'm anxious or depressed, right? Like there's a diff.

No, seriously, I WILL BE OKAY. I may have to remind myself of this on regular occasions, and I hope you'll all just humor me.

On a related note, does Keflex always smell faintly of sewage? The surgeon prescribed a round of it for me to clear up a sebaceous cyst before I have surgery, and I'm taking it three times daily. It smells even nastier than the Glucophage, and that stuff is pretty bad. I've taken that stuff since September 11, 2001... dunno why I would remember the exact date of that particular doctor's appointment, but I do. Any-hoo, I always wondered why Glucophage smelled so disgusting, and a pharmacist pal of mine told me it's because it has a similar ingredient to formaldehyde in it. I'm tempted now to ask what the heck Keflex has in it, but I might not want to know, eh?

Ah. Just Googled it and found out that the smell is sulfur:
All the antibiotics in the penicillin and cephalosporin class
(of which Keflex/cephalexin is one) have the beta-lactam ring nucleus,
which contains a sulfur atom. Breakdown products and impurities, even
in new and well manufactured pills, lead to that sulfury smell. It's
especially apparent in tablets (ie Pen VK) and capsules (like your
Keflex), and not so bad in the film coated more-expensive members of
the class like Ceftin (though you can still detect it in cut pills). So
you'll smell a trace of sulfur in the drug itself, and if not, you'll
certainly smell it after it's passed through your gut.


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