Jump to content

Last day as a Guinea Pig...
Drug Trial


  • Please log in to reply
7 replies to this topic

#1 **MrsPotatoHead**

Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:14 PM

So I'm sitting here in the hospital with some "Roomies" on our last day of a 3 month drug trial and I am bored out of my brains so figured I would share my journey for anyone interested.

It's been interesting to say the least. I'm lucky that I have had no adverse reactions to the drug other than figuring out excessive amounts of alcohol DO NOT agree with me original.gif  And I prayed to the porcelain gods more times than I would like to have on two separate instances before we worked out I should avoid alcohol until the end of the trial... LOL.  I have made a couple of new friends and had more needles in the last 3months than I have had in my whole life but it's been good to do something different for a change.

Why did I do this you ask???? MONEY... pure and simple.  I knew I was going to lose my job before Christmas so started this in November so I knew I would have some money coming in later (unfortunately we don't get paid till the end of the trial but hey, it's money right... better later than never!!!)

I have had twice weekly visits to the hospital for dosing/testing for the last 12 weeks. And two over night stays, the first one at the beginning of the trial and the second being today our last day.  We've also had one 24hr halter monitoring test at the beginning of the trial where by we are connected up to a portable ECG and blood pressure machine and it takes readings EVERY 30mins for 24hrs (Oh what fun that was... NOT!!) We also have another 24hr halter monitoring at the beginning of next week (So not looking forward to it as people look at you as though you're a freak original.gif Anyone who has had a 24hr BP monitor knows how noisy and uncomfortable they are, so every 30mins through the night makes for interesting dreams.

For our overnight stay we get in here at 9am (after fasting for 12hrs) to have our vitals done, cannula inserted (not fun I tell you!) ECG, medical work up and then we get dosed by sub cutaneous injection into our stomachs at 10.  Then we have blood taken at 15mins, 30mins, 1hr, 2hrs, 4hrs, 8hrs, 16hrs and then 24hrs with vitals checks at each time.  We don't get to eat until lunch time by which we are all starving and obsessing over food and what we are going to be having (not good when it's a Weight loss Drug Trial  rolleyes.gif biggrin.gif  ) And we only get fed at prescribed times!!! original.gif

So would I do it again you ask??  Yes... for the money again!! original.gif  Depending on the length of your trial will depend on how much you get.  Usually an overnight stay is around $250-300.

It's been hard scheduling the 40min trips into the hospital twice a week and because we must be dosed at precise times there is NO running late or just skipping it altogether, and having just had 7wks of school holidays it has meant dragging 3 children in with me, oh the joy.

It was a double blind trial which means that neither us the or the people dosing us know what dosage we are getting or if it's even the placebo.  

We started out 9 of us and are down to 4 of us.  1 got a full time job and had to pull out, another went on a holiday and 2 had adverse reactions to the drug so also had to pull out.  All this considering the clinic had hoped to start the trial with 15 people but after screening over 30 people only managed to get 9 people suitable ohmy.gif


All in all though it's been fun and an eye opener.

#2 Missy Shelby

Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:23 PM

Sorry OP, you are much braver than me, it does not sound like fun at all!! original.gif

Hope you benefited from the drugs you were administered? From what you said they were for weight loss, if you do not mind asking how much weight did you end up losing?

#3 Lagom

Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:45 PM

You're braver than I, OP.   original.gif

#4 Procrastinator5000

Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

That's pretty interesting. How much money did you make from it overall?

#5 Foogle

Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:30 PM

You do this for money?  Odd.

QUOTE
but it's been good to do something different for a change.
  
I'm sure.  unsure.gif


#6 eachschoolholidays

Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:54 PM

I trialled a new asthma diagnostic tool when I was at uni. It was meant to trigger an attack (so it was designed to be used by the army etc). Unfortunately for them, not matter how much they gave me it didn't trigger an attack. It was all done at RPA hospital so there were plenty of trained staff around wink.gif

It also meant I got early access to Oxis which was a new restricted drug. It was a long acting reliever and rocked my world!!

#7 **MrsPotatoHead**

Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:57 PM

Without going into too much detail Procrastinator lets say it was the equivalent to me working one day a week for around 10 weeks after tax original.gif  Not a huge amount but will help with some bills that I have been putting off original.gif

Odd Foogle??  How so??  I couldn't get a job as my ex husband was unwilling to look after our children during the holidays so I could get a job (the whole 7wks of school holidays other than every other weekend was my responsibility), all vacation care was already fully booked.  Money is money, I don't care how I earn it.

And it WAS interesting seeing how the same drug can affect people differently, meeting new people from all walks of life and having some great conversations, also helping drug companies trial new drugs to help people... How is that odd?  rolleyes.gif

#8 Fenrir

Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:55 PM

I've done two and I think they are a vital part of any drug trial. The money is good for ones that involve overnight stays.

Of the two I did(both double blind and randomised) we were told what we had after the end. I had one placebo and one drug. The drug was a new Japanese Encephalitis vaccine.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 
  • ek-thumb-blinkybill

    Win Blinky Bill The Movie Prize Packs

    To celebrate the release of BLINKY BILL THE MOVIE in cinemas September, you could win 1 of 10 prize packs that include a pair of Kids Ugg Australia boots, DVD pack, a Blinky Bill The Movie book set and family pass to see the film.

  • ek-fathersdayfitbit

    Father's Day Gift Ideas 2015

    Here are 13 awesome gift ideas for the Dads to celebrate his special day.

  • ek-sportbooks-athumb

    Best books for sporty kids

    Need some inspiration for your sporty kid 's downtime? Here is a handful of good reads for young sporting enthusiasts.

  • kmart-320

    Kmart decor hacks

    Entire communities on Instagram are devoted to showing Kmart homewares prepped, preened and hacked into designer items.

  • ek-pullapart-zthumb

    Amazing pull-apart bread recipes

    From savoury to sweet, here we have gathered a range of amazing pull-apart bread recipes for you to make - in the mean time try to avoid licking the screen!

  • cotton-on-_320

    Cotton On KIDS activewear range

    Activewear for kids has gone designer at Cotton On.

  • ek-90steentvshows-2thumb

    Teens of the 90's TV favourites

    Were you a teen in the 90's? Here are some of your favourite shows from Australia and abroad during the decade.

  • Things only kids growing up in the 90s would understand

    Did you grow up in the 90s? Here are 50 classic memories from your childhood that will take you back.

  • harry320

    10 actors who were almost cast in the Harry Potter series

    Casting for the Harry Potter series couldn't have been an easy job. While we think everything turned out the way it should, here's ten actors that almost made it into the movies.

  • dh_320

    When they were famous

    Ever wonder what happened to the child stars that entertained us all those years ago? From Mary Poppins to Jerry Maguire, take a look at when they were famous and learn what they're doing now.

  • ek-fidgettoys-1athubm

    Fidgets or Fidget Toys for ASD, ADHD and Sensory Disorders

    Fidgets and other sensory hand held toys are a great way to encourage attention and concentration. We all love to rock on a chair and click our pens or chew gum to stay alert and attentive, so why not let children have functional and socially acceptable fidgets too, to help them learn and keep them focused on learning.

  • ek-80sboys-1thumb3

    Boys growing up in the 80s

    Flashback time! Here are a handful of totally retro memories for boys (and a few for girls) who grew up in the 1980's in Australia.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Advertisement
 
 
 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.