So when you first went along, and had the diagnosis and everything, how did you feel about starting on a long term medication?
I was a bit concerned, and obviously I did look it up and read all the side effects and things. But then I felt – I took it and I didn’t have any problems with it or any side effects, so I felt that it would probably be all right. And if I have to stay on it, I have to stay on it
What were you main concerns, when you said that you were concerned about the idea?
Well, whether there were any side effects, or whether there’s any long term problems related to taking the drug for a long period of time. I don’t appear to have had any side effects or long term problems, and I’ve now been on it four, five years. It’s four years now, yeah.
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