Prescription Drug Side Effects
It seems like there is a prescription drug for everything today. Doctors regularly prescribe multiple prescriptions to patients to treat different ailments that they are dealing with. The most overlooked aspect of these medications is the side effects. Doctors typically highlight the most important ones, but patients are supposed to do their due diligence and read the remaining cautions that are listed on the package.
Prescription drug side effects depend on many different variables including genetics, health, sex, race, age and weight. The worst part about prescription drugs is that some of the side effects get progressively worse over time. Some side effects can be made worse by a specific diet as well. It is important that patients address any concerns regarding their prescriptions and its side effects with their doctor immediately.
All prescription drug side effects are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This disturbing piece of information leads consumers to the understanding that many of the side effects are “okay” according to the government. The truth is that based on years of research, prescription drug side effects are determined to be safe for consumers except for in certain situations. Additionally, it is believed that prescription drugs are generally safe if they are used as directed.
Common prescription drug side effects including nausea, diarrhea and headaches. Depending on the type of medication, increase or decrease in appetite or weight gain may be common as well as a fatigue and trouble sleeping. Patients who regularly take antibiotics for infections may develop a tolerance to medications and need to change or receive higher doses to meet their needs. Serious side effects such as trouble breathing or sleep walking should be reported to a doctor immediately because they may become fatal.
If patients are honest with their doctor about their lifestyle and other medications that they are taking, it allows the physician to ensure there will be minimal problems with their prescription drugs. This is especially important for patients taking heart medicines, non-steroidal medications and antidepressants. Prescription drug abuse can also lead to brain damage, heart failure and death. For this reason it is important to always take prescription drugs as directed and consult with your doctor if there the dosage is not strong enough (specifically for pain killers).
Prescription drugs offer many benefits to patients as well. Drugs have been created to treat seizures, HIV and heart conditions – therefore allowing patients to live happy, healthy and normal lives. As long as patients are aware of the prescription drug side effects that they will face, it is easier for them to determine what is the best option for them. For many patients with more advanced diseases and illnesses today, prescription drugs are their only option for healing and survival. Always be upfront about your lifestyle with your doctor, this will help alleviate the dangerous but rare side effects of many prescriptions. Additionally, it will allow a doctor to determine which medication is the best fit for your lifestyle.