No! You shouldn't laugh...Prepare to be flamed!
What are the ingredients of prescription medications?
Even the pharmacist does not know.
They may know the active ingredient but most do not know what the binder in caplets and tablets are. Folks who are allergic (ANAPHYLACTIC) to dietary substances need to know this information.
My son was ultra allergic to milk and milk derived substances. You would be shocked at the amount of things labeled NON-DAIRY that contain casein. Did you know this is a milk derived protien? It is in darn near everything from medication tablets (a binder compound) to school glue. I didn't before my first trip to the ER. Severly allergic (not diarrhea and nausea) people cannot afford to trust their medication concerns with unknowledgable health workers like doctors and nurses. The pharmacist has the numbers of the manufacturer's line engineers. The engineers know what may be or is actually in their drugs.
Where it is true many patients are under educated or completely uneducated about their medications, some know more about their drugs and conditions than their health providers. Just because we know something doesn't mean we know everything. There is a good chance that we could make fools of ourselves.
p.s. The first time I took my child for follow-up after the ER visit, I used the term anaphylactic reaction to milk for the near death experience. He said, (sarcastically) "Wow! Anaphylactic is a big new word isn't it." He then read the faxed ER report with a red face. Needless to say I took my child to a different Ped from that day on.
A parent (nurse) that knew more than the caregiver.