Medicines are a big part of treatment for many health problems. They fight harmful bacteria, relieve pain, and save lives. Medicines work in a delicate balance with your body and with each one other. Sometimes the balance tips, and this can cause side effects or medicine interactions.
Medicine has been around for centuries. This we know. We use medicines to heal us when we’re sick, ease our pain when we ache, prevent or control long-term conditions. But sometimes, even when they do the job they’re supposed to, they have unwelcome side effects. This can be due to faulty drugs where the batch produced was not a good one. This can also be due to genetics – as in your body rejects the medications due to the components of the medicine.
When your doctor prescribes a new medicine, ask about common side effects. Anyone can feel side effects from a medicine, but there is no way to know for sure if a medicine will cause side effects for you. It may depend on how much of the medicine you take, how old you are, how much you weigh, whether you are male or female, and what other health problems you may have. Older adults are more likely to have side effects than younger adults.
You may notice side effects when you start to take medicine. Should you notice side effects occur, stop taking the medication immediately and contact your Pharmacist right away. A medicine you’ve often taken without getting side effects may suddenly cause side effects. Or side effects may stop. Some side effects go away over time as your body gets used to a new drug, so your doctor may recommend you stick with your current plan for a little longer. In other cases, you may be able to lower your dose, try a different drug, or add another one, like an anti-nausea medicine, to your routine. Again never change the way you take your medication or over consume what has been prescribed to you from your doctor. All medicines have side effects. But many people don’t feel the side effects, or are aware that what they are experiencing is a negative reaction from their medication. Best thing to do is do your own propre research prior to taking your prescribed medication and then again once you are taking it. It is important to know what you are putting into your body.
Should you experience negative side effects ask your doctor if there is an alternate medication that you can take aside from what you’re currently taking. Try different medications. Do not be shy to voice your concerns or ask for other options that are available for you. Do your own research and get your medical professional’s opinion on the information you discover. Remember to stop taking the current medication immediately should you feel anything out of the usual. Should you ever doubt your medical professional’s opinion, do not be scared to contact us at our toll free number to request to speak to a Pharmacist for a 2nd medical opinion. Our Pharmacist can always follow up with your Primary doctor as well.
Did you know that side effects may go away after you take the medicine for a period of time? Be sure to monitor anything you see out of the ordinary when it comes to your medications. If side effects continue to bother you and you wonder if you should keep taking the medicine, call your doctor or Pharmacist asap. He or she may be able to lower your dose or change your medicine. If urgent, call 911 or other emergency services right away if you take a medicine and you:
– Have trouble breathing, have excessive swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, faint (lose consciousness), or have the feeling of “doom” advise your health professional ASAP. These are signs of a severe allergic reaction to the medicine that can be lethal. Be sure to talk with your pharmacist or doctor before you take a new prescription, over-the-counter medicine, or supplement. It may be helpful to schedule a visit or call your pharmacist ahead of time to let him or her know that you want to talk about the medicines you take. Discuss the following:
· All the medicines, over-the-counter medicines and/or natural health products that you are currently taking.
– The possible interactions with any other medicine you take, what to do if you think you are having an adverse reaction/Any health problems or concerns that you may have.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Remember the only people who can give you a legitimate consultation regarding your medications is a licensed Pharmacist or your primary Physician or NRP. All other advice should not be considered as medical advice unless deemed valid by a medical professional. This includes online blogs, articles such as this and whatever you happen to read online. Support articles such as this one are created to help inform the general public about familiarizing themselves with topics such as these and for the general public to seek medical information from licensed professionals as needed.
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