It's time to clean out your medicine chest. Be ruthless and discard ANY medicine which is:
Remember to ALWAYS:
Be healthier in 2008!
By Diana from Prospect, KY
Great points, I'd just like to add a few things:
1. Adverse drug reactions usually come from taking medications that shouldn't be taken together (a prescription plus an OTC med), an allergy to a prescription, or taking a prescription with a specific food, vitamin, herb, or alcohol.
2. Never take any prescription unless it is truly needed. All prescriptions have side effects, many of which are not seen until much later. Repeatedly using prescriptions makes our bodies resistent to them and the dosage must continually be upped. It also is what allows germs/diseases to develop into resistent varieties.
3. While medications have a place in our lives, they are used to treat illness. To truly be healthy, one must live a healthy lifestyle.
Many adverse drug reactions come from the genertic variation many of us have which causes us to metabolize the drug too quickly, not at all (no therapeutic effect) or too slowly (can get toxic) You have no way of knowing how you metabolize without the DNA tests that are currently available. These genetic variants don't create disease and you only need to worry about them IF you are prescribed the medication or have had a previous adverse drug reaction.
A good example is Warfarin (coumadin) used to treat blood clots now has a package label that includes information about genetic testing (CYP2C9-VKORC1). Do a web search for PHARMACOGENETICS of www.pgxlab.com for more information. These tests are commercially available and are paid for by most insurances including Medicare. Discuss the need for such testing with your doctor (It is a newer field so don't be surprised IF they don't know a whole lot about it) The Doctors at PGXL are a wealth of information and are happy to discuss your situation with them.
My daughter had the test done when she was in the hospital for compound migraines that didn't respond to pain medications-she didn't metabolize the loritab to the active drug and got no pain relief. They switched to an other medication and she hasn't had a problem since! (We had over $9000 in medical bills for her alone last year and she missed 9 weeks of school-so this was a great relief to us, and HER!) Since your genetics NEVER change she can use this information the rest of her live!
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