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Old 10-05-2011, 02:04 PM   #21
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Honestly, I can't imagine participating in these trials as someone's lab rat, unless I had a serious condition without any hope of a cure from conventional treatments.
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:15 PM   #22
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DH did a long-term trial for the shingles vaccine--not sure how he was recruited for that. But I'd like to think that was a good thing, since trials like his resulted in our all being able to get the shingles vaccine (turned out he got the placebo).

I think the trials are pretty safe--good luck with the next one, Aaron. There are a lot of clinical trials in Chicago so check those out too, as it's not tooooo far from where you live and they often pay for travel expenses according to their ads in the paper. Maybe there's one for lactose intolerance.
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:18 PM   #23
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Honestly, I can't imagine participating in these trials as someone's lab rat, unless I had a serious condition without any hope of a cure from conventional treatments.
Well, there clearly are a lot of people willing to do it. Even in small town Wisconsin they said the studies usually fill in 1 day after being posted. You'd be amazed at some of the boring stuff that qualifies as news around here. If there were any complications from this research place it would be major news around here. There's been nothing. It seems like it would be better than doing manual labor for $10/hr which is my only other alternative to make money and it seems like even those jobs are hard to come by.
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:42 PM   #24
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By the time the drugs get to the point of a clinical trial, they have usually been screened fairly well - at least as far as some of the more obvious side effects (growth of a second head; skin turning chartreuse, that sort of thing). However, that doesn't mean there won't be any long term side effects (think thalidomide).

If you were sick and wanted to try a new drug, I could see enrolling in a clinical trial. I think I would hesitate if I were healthy.

On the other hand, no drug would ever make it to the market if everyone was as chicken as I am.
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By the time the drugs get to the point of a clinical trial, they have usually been screened fairly well - at least as far as some of the more obvious side effects (growth of a second head; skin turning chartreuse, that sort of thing). However, that doesn't mean there won't be any long term side effects (think thalidomide).
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You reminded me of the time a doc put me a Lipitor, maybe ten years ago, could be more.
It only had eight side effects listed. After a month I could barely walk and had a serious case of the stoopids aka foggy brains. Needless to say I stopped and will never take the crap madicine.

Someone who is taking them now might look up the number of side effects listed. About five years ago I looked out of curiosity, it was somewhere around 30.
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:40 PM   #26
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If you were sick and wanted to try a new drug, I could see enrolling in a clinical trial. I think I would hesitate if I were healthy.
All the trials i've seen so far for this clinic require the volunteer to be healthy. Sometimes i've seen other clinics asking for people with specific aliments.
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Old 10-05-2011, 07:22 PM   #27
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Aaron I would see if it affected my unemployment and if the pay is taxable. And base your decision on the net benefit of doing it.

FWIW I am enrolling in a study to take finasteride 5 mg daily to prevent prostate cancer, I am not getting paid. Earlier studies showed a 30% reduction in prostate cancer in high risk individuals on finasteride vs those who did not take the drug. Since my father and his brother both had it, I qualify as a high risk individual.

I figure it might help and my participation may advance the science to benefit others. And it might help me not go bald. Of course the potential side effects include growing "moobs" and ED.
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