One of the first issues that came to mind is my gut feeling (actually emanating from my gut) that I'm over-medicated or that I'm having adverse reactions from the mix of meds I'm taking. Looking at the Bell Curve got me thinking that health researchers (and my doctors) are probably looking at the experience of the average patient (think the 68.2% in the dark blue in the above picture) when they come up with the recommendations for the amount and timing of the prescribed meds.
But of course I'm convinced I'm not your average patient. So I decided to see what would happen if I deviated a bit from my doctors' recommendations. Not surprisingly, the first med I looked at was my Azilect (rasagiline), commonly prescribed, with levodopa/carbidopa, for those of us with Parkinson's. My neurologist gave me the standard prescription of 1mg, once a day. Azilect was first on my test list because I had just renewed my 90-day prescription . . . at a cost of $1,100! Although my insurance paid the lion's share, the tariff on this drug is the main reason I ended up in Medicare's Donut Hole last year, which meant I had to purchase meds from my own pocket for the balance of the year.