I’ve been living with multiple chronic illnesses, for decades. As a result, I’ve had many firsthand opportunities to experience treatment side effects. I’ve taken oral medications, received injections, and undergone infusions.
Of course, each particular form of treatment has come with its own set of side effects. I’ve had to ask myself, multiple times, if these side effects outweigh the benefits of receiving treatment.
In terms of immunosuppressant medications, I decided that this was the case. Consequently, I decided to stop taking immunosuppressants. My symptoms have not turned out to be appreciably more severe as a result of discontinuation of immunosuppressants.
Overall, my quality of life has been improved. I’m no longer living with the most unpleasant side effects of taking immunosuppressants. Perhaps most importantly, I’m no longer vulnerable to catching every single cold to which I’m exposed at any given time.
Of course, we don’t always have the choice of whether or not to discontinue medications due to their deleterious side effects. Continuing to take some medications is absolutely necessary. However, whenever there’s the option to discontinue medications with unwanted side effects, it’s worth considering doing so.