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Pill in a pocket
Hi -- What is a "pill in the pocket"?
BJB, October 12, 2020 7:33pm EST
If you take a medication for a-fib, for example, "pill in a pocket" means you take a pill only when you have an a-fib "episode." If you don't have an episode, you just keep your medication handy ("in a pocket") to take only when you need it.
Ruth1218, October 13, 2020 4:57am EST
DkinAA, October 14, 2020 2:33pm EST
If Pill in the Pocket works for you, it is great - I was able to use it for awhile, where the Pill was an anti-arrhythmic drug, with an optional beta-blocker also in the Pocket if my resting HR was very high. It turned off the episode in about half an hour. That felt great! Unfortunately, I started to need it about every other day, so went to a regular daily dose of the same anti-arrhymic drug, which after some experiments with the dosage, has been working pretty well.
There is another notion of Pill in the Pocket for the anti-coagulant. The theory is that you can take this only when you have an episode. This is still a matter of research, I believe. The problem is that you don't always know you are having an episode - some people don't notice it - I'm very symptomatic, and I've had them start and last for some time while I was asleep -- I was able to confirm this with my Apple Watch 4. I'm not interested in trying out that version of Pill in the Pocket!
Ruth1218, October 14, 2020 10:50pm EST