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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Avoiding Drug Side Effects

"A study linking drug side effects and emergency room admissions found that a large number of Americans -- as many as 700,000 annually -- land in the hospital from taking medications. But the good news is that there are precautions you can take to avoid some of the worst adverse drug events detailed in the study."

In this report, which is helpful to some extent, item number 1 is 
Ask your doctor about side effects.
Yes, you should ask anytime any provider offers you a prescription, but don't forget that it is the provider's responsibility to thoroughly inform you, so that you should not have to ask.
You are also supposed to be told of any drug interaction that may occur from a combination of drugs you may be getting from your provider.
Too often this is ignored, and it places your health at risk.
Item 5 has real value, but my suggestion is to do this at least once every six months, even better to do it quarterly.
If you suspect a side-effect, even if it is one you were not informed of, call your provider and pharmacist immediately.
Health Forensics offers drug nutrient depletion information and interaction review services.

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