"Treat the disease, you win some, you lose some. Treat the patient, you always win."
~Patch Adams~

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Prescription Drug Side Effects

I'm a proud member of AARP (and yes, I know that is going to offend a number of my blog readers), and this morning I took my AARP magazine to the gym to read while I was working out on the recumbent bike (I'm so ADD I can't just sit and bike for 20-30 minutes without something to do).

I read this article about the side effects of prescription drugs, and I thought it was important enough to share with you today. When I got my hormones balanced, I was able to get off 7 medications, and for the life of me, I do not know how I functioned when I was on all that stuff (actually I didn't, I was just existing not living). I know the side effects all the interactions caused, and with so many of us seeing multiple doctors, often drugs are prescibed that likely wouln't be if the physician had an accurate record of what a patient was taking. Remember, and I know I hound on this all the time, you MUST tell any health care practitioner treating you all of the medications, HORMONES (no not avoid telling your doctor you are bioidentical hormones because you think he/she won't approve----if you feel that way, get another doctor) and any and all vitamins and supplements. I can't stress this enough! I keep a one page document in my purse that lists all my surgeries, medications, hormones, supplements, and emergency contact numbers------if you don't have such a list, make one and run copies before the week is out. Do the same for your spouse/partner, parents/inlaws, and encourage your friends to do the same!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Your blog is very eye-opening and worthy of more time. I'll be back to absorb more of the great info. I'd like to pass on some of your tidbits if I may, and either link to a page or two of yours from time to time or credit you from time to time. This is good stuff! Thank you!Growing Old With Grace http://growing-old-with-grace.blogspot.com/