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1.  Cast of Characters

These are the meds used in making assorted versions of the Pill Font. Brand or generic names indicate what I used, which is why you’ll see either or both of a brand or generic name for all the meds, instead of the usual format for this site’s pages. With four exceptions, none of which has a page. Sumycin is a brand of tetracycline that would rarely be prescribed today with all the cheap tetracycline generics available. Catapres (clonidine) is an old hypertension med used off-label to treat anxiety, and, like Sumycin, the brand isn’t prescribed very often anymore. An extended-release version sold under the brand name Kapvay is approved to treat ADHD. The other two are obscure and comprised of two medications that are also sold separately: Librax (which may not exist any longer) and Malarone. Dosages are also whatever I used. Effexor is listed twice for the different types used (extended release and immediate release), which look nothing at all like each other. I’ll do the same for any new meds I get. Any other notes will be next to the meds or footnotes.

Except for the Malarone, and meds that I’m currently taking (some of the buspirone, lamotrigine, and topiramate tablets used in some of the pictures were later used to keep me relatively less crazy and seizure-free), the pills used are anywhere from five (Abilify, Invega) to 20 (Prozac) years old. Most are from 1999 to 2004. I’ve yet to come across a crazy med with a shelf-life of more than four years, so I’m not wasting something anyone could use.

There’s one med that is not used in the Pill Font itself, but features prominently in the Piles of Pills designs: Toradol (ketorolac) 10 mg. Toradol is a prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that was thrown at Mouse’s fibromyalgia in the 1990s. It gets such prime real estate because I really like the design aesthetic of the imprint. Lots of drug companies waste a shitload of money on that sort of thing (The Wyeth W on Effexor, the Abbot logo-that’s-supposed-to-be-an-‘a’? on Depakote, e.g.), but Roche wasted theirs on the drug’s name, not their own logo. At least they got something good looking as well as specific. My camera really likes it as well, as I get clearer, for me, shots when I focus on Toradol than any other pill.

2.  Checkmate

The chess game is sort of based on game 1 of the 1972 Fischer-Spassky championship match. At least I started there, then moved several of the bottles/pieces around in order to see them better. The result is a randomly idiotic positioning. Merchandise with Brand/White’s perspective shows the King Neurontin in check by the Knight lamotrigine. It’s Generic’s move. Fischer was playing black and won that game, but not that quickly. From Generic’s perspective they’re both in stupid positions and I can’t tell what the outcome would be, as it looks like Brand is playing a defensive game. Hmmm, sorta like the real world these days.

2.1  What Bottles are Which Pieces

Man-to-bottle correspondence.

Brand (white)
KingNeurontin 400mg (retro)
QueenNeurontin 400mg (modern)
RooksNeurontin 100mg
BishopsLamictal 100mg (on board)
Topamax 200mg (captured)
KnightsStrattera 40mg
PawnsTrileptal 100mg, Topamax 25mg, Geodon 80mg, Zyprexa 2.5mg

I didn’t have enough of any single brand med in the same dosage for the Pawns. It was the melange or a mix bottles for 10mg and 18mg Strattera. I think I have eight of those, but only if I used different-sized bottles of 10mg pills, and that would be confusing with 40mg Strattera as the Knights.

Generics in
Manufacturers’ Bottles (black)
KingGreenstone gabapentin 800mg
QueenGreenstone gabapentin 400mg
RooksRoxane protriptyline 10mg
BishopsRoxane protriptyline 10mg
KnightsTaro lamotrigine 100mg
PawnsTeva topiramate 25mg

I don’t have any bottles from a generic manufacturer that’s particularly small, so I used 25mg topiramate and took the caps off. Taking the caps the brand Pawns worked to make them slightly uniform as well.

I decided what bottle would represent which piece based upon its size and shape, not contents. That’s why Neurontin and gabapentin are the stars of the show. I practically live off of 25mg tablets of topiramate. Taro lamotrigine is barely adequate. Packaging is everything.

3.  History in the Making

The first question everyone asks is, “Did you really take all of those meds?” No, I’ve taken only a little more than half of them; but all four meds in my current cocktail are represented. Mouse has taken all them except for three or four, six at the most; although by now she may have tried all of them except for the extremely off-label Malarone. The overwhelming majority of the pills themselves used to make the letters in the Pill Font, especially version 1, were hers; I have over three pounds6 of pills that she had to stop taking for various reasons. Why do I have them? That’s complicated, but one reason is so I can make t-shirts, mugs, etc. Just as Crazymeds was essentially Mouse’s idea, so is using leftover meds as graffiti. She glued pills to diorama-style pieces on cabinets and dressers, often centered around mirrors. Once Crazymeds was firmly established in 2004 I thought of doing something similar with meds I failed on shirts as well as using them for things like names and headers on medication pages. The most I did with the latter idea is what you see in the upper left corner here on the wiki section of the site, and at the top of the forum.

Jef Poskanzer took the pictures used for the first set of shirts, mugs, etc. I’ve been taking the subsequent pictures. In the first photographic session Jef and I went mostly by shape, and over 90% of the pills were Mouse’s leftovers. In the most recent series of letters I tried to use drugs where the brand or generic name of the medication began with the letter they were used in. I was somewhat limited with the whitish background, and the Strattera (atomoxetine) capsules were not cooperating when I was shooting the letter A. Otherwise C is comprised of Celexa, E is made of Effexor, F Prozac (fluoxetine), G Geodon, Gabitril, gabapentin, and a nortriptyline capsule with a GG imprint. You get the idea. When spelling out a drug name I’m now using only that med, or generic equivalent, to spell out its name. Which means all drug names where I have enough of the pills to do that will be on black backgrounds for all shirts, mugs, etc. As I have only so many leftover meds, I won’t be able to spell out all drug names using only the above meds. Plus I don’t even have any meds Mouse and I never tried, like Lexapro, Cymbalta, or Latuda. While most of the current pills used are still Mouse’s, it’s more in the neighborhood of 60–40 split. Maybe even 50–50 by now. Surprisingly, her meds comprise just a little under half of the Breakfast of Champions’ bowl. Most of what you don’t see in that picture is lithium and Seroquel from Mouse and a shitload of my old gabapentin that make up the base. That bowl is full of actual meds, with an estimated cost (at time of purchase) of at least $2,000.

4.  DIY Graphics Compounding

If you would like to use the Pill Font for your own project, there is a way for you to do that. Public-domain, monochromatic versions of the original Pill Font are available via Jef’s awesome Acme Label Maker. It will let you create a monochromatic gif of whatever letters you type in. You can then copy the image to use. Jef has all sorts of great free stuff at Acme Laboratories.

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1 At the time Mouse was prescribed Catapres it was doing double duty as an off-label med to treat anxiety and deal with the side effects of the TCA she was taking at the time.

2 Not a crazy med per se, but sometimes prescribed off-label to treat brain cooties.

3 AKA Benadryl. This is the only non-prescription medication used, and it is for one thing only: Merry ℞mas cards. The candy cane-color was just too good to pass up. As is the irony. At least it's a medication, not a supplement, and is used just like a crazy med, in that it is FDA-approved to treat mild insomnia and is used off-label to treat mild anxiety. It's also used for SSRI/SNRI discontinuation syndrome and to treat AED/anticonvulsant-induced rashes.

4 Prescribed to deal with the side effects of a crazy med.

5 Way, way, WAY off-label usage as a crazy med.

6 It's probably a lot more than three pounds. I was never any good at estimating weight.

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1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.

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3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?* I don’t even need my big-ass rant any more. Heartbleed has made my case for me. And that’s just the one that got all the media attention. The very nature of an open source operating system makes security as much of an illusion as anonymity on teh Intergoogles. Before you flip out too much: the domain Crazymeds is hosted on uses a version of SSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed bug. That’s one of the many reasons why I pay a lot of money and keep this site on Lunarpages.

* Yes, I know I’m using open source browsers. I also test the site using the now-defunct IE and Safari browsers. Their popularity - and superiority - killed IE and Safari, so that’s why I rely on the open source browsers. It’s like brand vs. generic meds. Sometimes the generic is better than the brand.

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