At present, if you may have observed, albeit the importance of taking medicines, there are still lots of us who are concerned about using them due to the many disclaimers present. You may not know about it but there is actually a worrying truth regarding taking medicines. There is not a single soul in this world who believe that taking prescription medicines is not safe because we are taught that way, however, even if that is the case, we have to be aware that the prescribed medications we have carry possible side effects. We are not telling you this to disappoint you, or even to make you feel more anxious about your prescribed medicine. The reason why we are telling you this is because we want you to be aware of it, and also, for you to know how you can possible reduce the risk. It may be true that taking prescriptions drugs has its corresponding side effects, but the good side of it is that it is preventable. You have to know that there are methods which you can use to lessen the risk of these side effects. Read on and know what these side effects are and how you can reduce the risks that come from it.
One thing about prescribed medicines or drugs that you should know of is the fact that they are approved by the Food And Drug Administration or FDA. The thing is that, before a new drug is released to the market, it has to go through human and animal research to show that its benefits are far greater when compared to its risks or side effects. But then, we forget that all drugs, may it be over-the-counter, every day, recreational, and prescription, have their own potential side effects and risks. As for the FDA, they consider these side effects, regardless of whether minor or life-threatening, as an adverse event. Not only that, they see to it that the severity and frequency of the side effects of all approved medications are being tracked down. In the event that you experience any side effect from the medication that you take, immediately report it to the FDA.
When you take medicines, the most common side effect would be allergic reactions. Itching and mild rash are its least severe side effects, while the most severe one is what we call as anaphylactic reaction. There are other side effects that you are bound to get from taking drugs like constipation. You may think that this particular side effect is a little uncomfortable, there is a high chance for it to lead to long term problems if not treated.
If you want to reduce the side effects of taking medicines, you have to first know its risks so you can avoid them. We recommend you to discuss potential side effects with your physician or your health care professional, especially if you are prescribed with a new medication. It is beneficial for you to speak with a pharmacist regarding patient prescribing information and understand everything that they provide you with.