medicine

Prompt: Side Effects

The following poem was written by Writers in the Grove member, Paula Adams, in response to reading the fine print on a bottle of the prescription medication Lyrica. It became our prompt for the week, explained below.

Prescription LYRICA is not for everyone

Drug Pill Bottle TopTell your doctor right away about
any serious allergic reaction that causes

  • swelling of the face,
  • mouth, lips,
  • gums, tongue,
  • throat,
  • neck
  • hands,
  • legs
  • and feet,
  • rash, hives or blisters.
  • or any trouble breathing

LYRICA may cause suicidal thoughts or actions
in a very small number of people.

Patients, family members or caregivers should
call the doctor right away if they notice

  • suicidal thoughts or actions,
  • thoughts of self-harm, or
  • any unusual changes in mood or behavior.
  • new or worsening depression,
  • anxiety,
  • restlessness,
  • trouble sleeping,
  • trouble waking,
  • panic attacks,
  • anger, irritability,
  • agitation,
  • aggression,
  • dangerous impulses or
  • violence, or
  • extreme increases in activity
  • or talking.

If you have suicidal thoughts or actions,
do not stop LYRICA without first talking to your doctor. (more…)

Prompt: Home Remedies

Growing up, did your family have home remedies, possibly passed down from generation to generation?

Some home remedies have been proven to be effective. Some are mere panaceas, of comfort to those giving and receiving the treatment.

The prompt is to write about a home remedy in your family or one you’ve overheard. Tell the story by tapping into the emotional and sensual descriptions of the experience, good or bad.