If you are among more than half of the nation’s population (seniors mostly), you are probably taking a prescribed medication. Very possibly, you are taking more than one…or a couple different ones daily…or so many daily you lose count. This goes not only for prescription drugs but also over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and supplements.
Nobody beats us for Pill Popping
What this all means is Americans take more pills today than any other time in our history. No other country can match us for pill popping.
Sure, we have been handed excellent advances by the medical profession that enhances our resistance to disease and illness by taking prescription drugs.
At the same time, we see multiple prescription drugs interacting unfavorably with one another and causing our body to suffer. Not only that, but notable numbers of unnecessary drugs are handed out to patients by medical professionals because it’s the easy way to hopefully cause a respite to cure rather than examining other lifestyle external factors that could replace prescription drugs.
The medical profession hands out drugs because they have been pressured by the drug industry that medical products are a sure cure for what ails us.
Have you every counted the number of drug advertising commercials on a typical TV night compared to cars or fast food. In the ad world it’s called the “push” strategy. Prospective patients see the ads, and then ask their doctor to give the drug to them.
When Drugs Don’t Mix
What happens? Around 1.3 million people were taken to ERs in 2014 for adverse prescription drug effects. Of that large group, around 124,000 didn’t make it and died, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.
What if you could eliminate one or two of your cocktail of different medications? Would it make a positive difference in your overall health picture? Make sure you are being helped and not harmed by your drug regimen. There’s ways to do this as outlined in an excellent special report, “Too Many Meds” in Consumer Reports Magazine (Sept 2017). This major article gives you some health saving tips to empower and protect your well being.
First, get to know your pharmacist–he’s cheaper than your doctor. Utilize these two individuals that oversee your health maintenance to give you good advice on the medications you are taking.
One warning is many older seniors have more than one specialist medical doctor treating different health issues. That’s a red flag that some medications may not be known to your primary medical doctor. Here are but a few of negative drug interactions that can occur:
Gather up all you medication containers and supplements, bag them and take them to your local pharmacist. Spread them out on the counter, and ask him/her if he notices any interaction issues with the drugs you take now. Ask him/her, as well as your doctor, if some of your drugs can be eliminated? Could dosage be reduced or another drug substituted with reduced side effects? Ask him about lifestyle changes that eliminate or scale down your medications such as a more healthy diet, an exercise routine or curbing your smoking and/or alcoholic habit.
Don’t Let the Pills Blog You down
What you learn from your personal health provider(s) may lead you to less dependency on prescriptions drugs and a “enjoy life more” you. You may even feel like getting up in the morning and enjoying the whole day with more energy and a better outlook. What’s better than that?
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