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Basic things we should be aware of when taking medications

Date Added: January 19, 2010 02:47:28 PM
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There are times in our lives when we need a quick patch or remedy for a few days. Most of us take prescription drugs - drugs that, by law, must be prescribed by a medical practitioner. If everything goes well, the drug works for you as it is supposed to. But there is no "magic bullet", or medicine that works the same for every patient without any risks or side effects. Basically, a side effect is an unintended occurrence that results from taking a medication. The most common cause of side effects is the simple fact that prescription drugs are highly concentrated and commonly not found in nature, so they are hard on the liver. Once your liver is chronically stressed by using a medication every day, any other tension you put on it, such as exposure to toxins, can weaken your wellness. As we age, the liver works less effective, so prescription drugs accelerate aging. Side effects can be mild at first, and you may not refer them to the medicine you are using. Common mild symptoms are tiredness, weakened muscles, forgetfulness, giddiness when you first stand up, trouble thinking clearly, uncommon depression. Certainly, aging can cause all those effects, but prescription drugs can advance and expedite the process. Once you start combining medications the side effects multiply. When some drugs interact, they may become life-threatening, inefficient or cause possible problems to your health. Sometimes, drug-to-drug interactions may lead to side effects, which may range from mild to fatal. Prescription drugs may interact with each other and with non-prescription medicines. Some types of food may also slow drug absorption, raise or reduce its efficacy, or result in unexpected side effects. Alcohol and caffeine might also impact on how drugs work. For example, mixing alcoholic beverages with beta blockers, a kind of medication taken to treat hypertension and cardiac problems, might reduce your blood pressure considerably. Alcoholic drinks might increase sleepiness and make it life-threatening to drive or operate machinery if taken with certain medicines. Combining big amounts of caffeine with bronchodilators – prescribed to cure asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema – might not be secure, because this kind of medicine and caffeine both stimulate the CNS. So, before you start taking a medicine, ask your medical practitioner about potential side effects and drug-to-drug interactions. If there is a natural remedy for the medical problem you are having, opt for the safest oral therapy.
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