Another lesson learned ..... did I or didn't I take that daily antihistamine pill due in the regimen I started one recent weekend when the pollens worsened my reactions -- sneezing, sinus drainage, eyes watering, nasal stuffiness when I try to sleep, to name a few unpleasantries. I recall noting directions said to allow 24 hours before taking the next pill as I was holding the pill bottle.
Suddenly, the phone had rung from a number I had, coincidentally, been thinking of calling myself, not some obvious unwelcome sales promotion. S'pose that was ESP as I've experienced quite a few times before with phone calls through the years. But, I digress -- that's quite another topic. That catch-up phone conversation with my friend ended after a reasonable time with all pertinent topics covered, questions answered.
A couple hours later, I happened to think -- "Did I take that antihistamine pill?" I remembered holding the pill bottle, but did I take that pill just before answering that phone call? I'm not sure, but I don't think so. So I took a pill. Then, I started to have second thoughts. "What if I took a pill before?" I reviewed the directions and read again what I remembered -- definite instructions "do not take another pill for 24 hours"!
Oh, my gosh! What if I had taken a pill earlier and this one only 3 hours later -- is that an overdose -- and what could happen -- what should I do? Obviously, this called for an Internet search which brought up -- "Call poison control!"
Referring to a more specific product link, I read the side effects I could experience -- "nausea, dizziness" and more unwelcome symptoms, plus "call your Doctor if you experience these". Also, the description said if no complications I would just have to ride along with them 'til they were out of my system. So, I settled back, to await my fate.
Fortunately, many hours passed without my having any of those side effects indicating I had not taken two pills as I had been concerned I might have done. I've never had this kind of pill quandary previously and I don't want it again. Another time, maybe I should make a little note on my calendar when I take that pill.
I wonder if others ever find themselves in a dilemma over whether or not they took a pill they wouldn't want to overdose on?