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Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs are very vital to a lot of people and have saved many lives. But prescription drugs not taken correctly can have very adverse affects and sometimes can be deadly.

Prescription drugs are very vital to a lot of people and have saved many lives. But prescription drugs not taken correctly can have very adverse affects and sometimes can be deadly. I bet if I were to take a poll of all the people in the United States I bet less than half of the people are not taking their medications as directed.


The latest example of people not taking medications as directed is the overdose of Michael Jackson.


I would also make a bet that less than 15 percent of prescription drugs ever get filled and those prescriptions that are filled less than 30 percent of those people do not finish the prescription. People make many excuses for either not filling the drug prescription or not finishing the prescription. Some of those excuses are I can’t afford it, my insurance don’t have prescription drug coverage, I can’t get it in generic, I haven’t met my deductable yet, I can only afford half the prescription, or I just but that prescription on hold and get it when pay day rolls around.


Here is another reason people don’t get their drug prescription filled and I have seen some of my own family members do this. They have an old prescription at home that was filled six months ago and they try taking that or a son or daughter has some of his or her drug prescription left over and I will just take that. I know this has probably happen at your home or been done by a family member you know.


I’m sure all the excuses mentioned above are all legitimate excuses and I’m sure you can think of many more excuses or reasons for not getting your drug prescription filled and then taking them properly.


The thing is you know your body more than anyone else and before you leave your doctor’s office know what your medical condition is and how the drug or drugs will affect your health. Ask your doctor questions about the prescription drug he is prescribing to you.

Ask him about the side effects, if the drug he is prescribing will counter react with other drugs you are taking. Ask him about the dosage that you are supposed to take and how much you should take, when you should take it and if you should take the medication on an empty stomach or with food. Also ask your doctor if this new drug prescription will affect your blood pressure, cholesterol level, or heart rate. Ask your doctor about the effectiveness of the prescription drug and how well and how fast it will start working inside your body. Also ask your doctor about the time of day you are to take this new prescription drug and what will happen if you forget, miss or take the dose at a later time if you do forget or miss a dose.


It’s up to you to ensure that the prescription drug your doctor is prescribing you will help your health improve not make your condition worse than it was before you seen the doctor.

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Comments (2)

Nicely done, Darrell. I would just like to add one thought. It's also up to others living with an individual to make sure they take their prescribed medications as prescribed. To illustrate. My wife just underwent a quadruple bypass operation. Before the operation she was on numerous medications for everything from sugar diabetes to osteoporosis. She had always been good about taking her insulin and other medications prescribed for her but that hospital stay did something to her ability to stay on top of things. Now I have to put her meds out for her and I have to watch her to make sure that she takes them. The additional five pills she now has to take in the morning and the four she has to take at dinner time makes her hate taking them. My wife wants to live but still needs help following the doctor's orders.

yes although drugs can do a lot of good for healing the body it can do a lot of damage as well.