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July 27, 2011

All Doped Up: The Prevalence of Prescription Medications

I was reading an article about whether or not consumers truly understand the prescription medication advertisements that are shown on television. If you watch television at all you are sure to see a couple during just about every program that you watch. The drugs advertised range from prescriptions for weight loss, depression, erectile dysfunction and high cholesterol. I am sure that if you are struggling with any of these issues it can be easy to not pay attention to the end of the commercial where the list of possibly side effects is given in rapid succession. It can be easy to miss some of the risks associated with the medication.

I am not a fan of prescriptions and I do not take any long term drugs. If I need antibiotics I take them or if I have serious pain I will take a short run of pain killer, but really, I’ve found that many health issues are related to diet and lack of exercise. If you can lower your cholesterol with diet and exercise, why rely on a pill? If psychotherapy and St. John’s Wart works for you, why take Cymbalta? I mean, sure it is probably easier to pop a pill daily, but in the long run you will be better off making lifestyle changes.

Some of the side effects of the medicines that are being prescribed are worse than the ailment they are designed to treat. A few months ago some told me that they would sleep walk to their refrigerator and eat unknowingly. The only way that they knew they were snacking at night was because a family member told them. I nodded and took the comment with a grain of salt. Then the lady told me that it was because she was taking Ambien. I listened, not believing her, but taking in the information. After I heard the same thing about four more times from different clients, I thought, “Hmm…could this really be a side effect of Ambien?” So I asked a doctor and sure enough, there have been reports of people sleep walking and eating without knowing it. I think I’ll take my chances with a warm glass of milk the next time I can’t sleep.

I know that prescriptions come with a paper that outlines all of the side effects and reasons to call your doctor but do people really read them? I do, but that is because I am so suspicious of medications. If a person trusts what their doctor is telling them they may not take the time to go over the precautions. This could be a grave mistake. Remember, pharmaceutical companies make big bucks every time you take their medications. It is in their best interest for you not to know or understand the side effects of what you are taking.

Before taking any prescription drugs you should do your own personal research. Ask your doctor for information but remember, it is your health and ultimately you are responsible for it. If you are beginning a new long term medication, know what you are taking it for and what to be on the lookout for.

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