Are Prescribed Drugs Making You Sick?
AT LEAST 85 DRUGS INTERACT WITH GRAPEFRUIT JUICE
Half of these drugs can cause side effects including death - Click here
"Death by medicine is a 21st-century epidemic, and America's "war on drugs" is clearly directed at the wrong enemy! Prescription drugs are now killing far more people than illegal drugs, and while most major causes of preventable deaths are declining, those from prescription drug use are increasing, an analysis of recently released data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by the Los Angeles Times revealed." -- Mercola.com
Points To Ponder
"There are a lot of people taking drugs to treat the side effects of drugs."
can cause other conditions unrelated to the health problems
drug reactions (including chemotherapy?)...are the fourth leading
"There is a tendency for physicians to prescribe a medication for every symptom."
"Physicians sometimes fail to equate patients’ symptoms with an adverse drug reaction."
Los Angeles civil attorney Lisa Herbert (not her real name), 61, was shopping at Trader Joe’s one evening in June 2009 when she suddenly became disoriented. For an hour she WANDERed the aisles in a haze, filling her cart with chocolate cupcakes and frozen tamales. At home she talked incessantly, yelled at her roommate, and convinced she had found an ingenious way to clean the apartment, yanked a fire extinguisher off the wall and sprayed the kitchen and bathroom with a thick white foam.
morning Herbert’s mental clarity had returned, along with
a deep embarrassment and confusion over what had caused such bizarre
behavior. The answer, which her ever-vigilant doctor immediately
suspected, was drug toxicity, a gradual buildup of prescription
medication in her bloodstream.
Older people are at high risk for drug toxicity, but younger people can suffer symptoms as well. Drug toxicity is "a major public-health issue even for people in their 40s and 50s," says Mukaila A. Raji, M.D., chief of geriatric medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. "Most drugs are eliminated from the body through the kidneys and liver, but starting around the fourth decade we start accumulating fat and lose muscle mass, accompanied by a progressive decline in the ability of our kidneys and liver to process and clear medications. All of this makes us more prone to drug toxicity." According to findings from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, age-related loss of kidney function often starts even earlier, in your 30s, and gets worse with each passing decade.
Always reduce dosage with caution.
Despite the well-established connection between aging and drug toxicity,
physicians sometimes fail to equate patients’ symptoms with
an adverse drug reaction, attributing them instead to a new medical
condition. "As doctors, we see a lot of patients who come in
with a general 'I don’t feel well' complaint, or maybe they’re
confused and dehydrated, and we attribute it to a viral illness,
when it’s caused at least in part by the medication they’re
taking," says medical toxicologist Kennon Heard, M.D., an associate
professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver.
Finally, patients often see multiple doctors who do not communicate with one another and so end up prescribing similar drugs which, when combined, can reach toxic levels. Electronic medical records will help close the communications gap, experts say. Computerized Clinical Decision Support Systems used by many hospitals to generate patient-specific recommendations for care will also help. A 2005 Journal of the American Medical Association study of the systems’ effectiveness showed improvements in diagnosis, drug dosing, and drug prescribing.
avoid drug toxicity, patients should be proactive by keeping a careful
record of which drugs they’re taking, including over-the-counter
medications, and bringing that list to every doctor visit.
Drugs With the Highest Potential for Harm
Three classes of medications, anticoagulants (warfarin, aspirin,
clopidogrel), antidiabetic agents (insulin, metformin, glyburide,
glipizide, chlorpropamide), and narrow therapeutic agents (digoxin,
phenytoin, lithium, theophylline, valproic acid), account for almost
half of all emergency-room visits for adverse drug events in older
patients. Other medications that are problematic for seniors:
Always check out the documented side-effects of all your prescribed drugs vs. your symptoms online. Key in the name of the drug in your search window followed by the words 'side effects'. And be prepared for a shock!
Prescription Drug Side Effects
The symptoms were sudden and severe: tightness in the chest, dizziness, nausea. "I thought I was having a heart attack," says Lynn Golden, a 59-year-old retired scientist living in Maryland. Rushed to the emergency room, she spent two days in the hospital having exhaustive tests that all proved negative. It was only later that she discovered the cause, unexpected side effects from a prescription drug she'd started taking three weeks earlier to manage a mild thyroid condition.
experience is a classic example of how medications can cause other
conditions unrelated to the health problems they're prescribed to
treat. Unaware of this, patients very often consult their doctors
about this "new" condition, only to be prescribed yet
another drug that could produce still more side effects.
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