By Chard of Glass - Canada - Marystown
Today, I woke up with a nasty cough. My mother gave me cough syrup for it. After about 30 minutes, I was dizzy, nauseous, and high as a fucking kite. Turns out the cough syrup reacts badly with my prescription medications, making me even sicker than I already was. FML
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By  LyricaSilvan  |  29

A lesson for your mom, and people in general: read medication labels BEFORE giving/taking anything, so you know what to avoid.

I know someone who took a sleep aid and then chased it with Tylenol, due to a headache. They ended up passing out all the next day. Turned out the brand of sleep syrup they were using had a warning label that said not to mix it with certain pain relief meds.

The point being, there's a reason they put that information on the label. Make sure you remind your mom not to give you anything without making sure it's safe first.

  Brandi_Faith  |  33

While this is true, almost every medication has certain labels, like to contact your doctor before taking if you have diabetes for example, and I understand why people don't want to contact their doctor every time they go to take a medication. The best & easiest thing to do is to call your pharmacy and talk with a pharmacist. I've done this many times. Not only do they know which meds interact badly with each other, but they also have a file of all the meds you are on and can look it up with a few clicks of a keyboard.
I got prescription cough medicine when I was around 12 years old, and my mom accidentally gave me 2 tablespoons instead of teaspoons. I started feeling funny (high, of course I had no idea what that was) and she had to pull over on the way to school because I had to puke. She immediately took me home, realized her mistake, was devastated, and I just slept it off feeling a lot better after I'd puked. Needless to say, we always read the directions extremely carefully now and are very careful to not mix up teaspoon and tablespoon. Lol.

By  NostalgiaFreak9  |  40

I'm high as a kite, I just might stop to check you out.
Lemme go on, black eyed blister in the sun, lemme go on
Big hands, I know you're the one.
(If you get the reference, I'll send you free desserts)

By  SecondBee  |  12

I have a similar issue because I take opiate pain relief. You always always have to check the label. And it's not on your mom, it's your responsibility to manage what you take when you are sick and to make sure it's compatible with your daily meds. Or skip the daily meds for the extras (depending on what you take meds for that may or may not be possible).

  GhostFox  |  33

That really depends on the age of the kid, and what medications their on. And even if they're only on a few meds, even as a teenager, a parent is responsible for their kid's health and should still be actively involved in medication for their child. Teaching the teenager while they monitor medication, yes, but still monitoring it.