In today's fast paced life, people hardly get to
focus on their health issues bothering them. To add to it, long queues at the
doctor's can take up a sizeable chunk of your time. In such a scenario, a
person is most likely to take prescription medications and simple OTC drugs as
per his need. However, doing this over a prolonged period of time can be
disastrous for health, and can even worsen the existing condition.
Discontinuing an antibiotic course right after
the symptoms go away is probably the most widespread and common drug misuse
today. When you stop taking antibiotics before you complete the course, there
are chances of the infection relapsing. Soon after regression, you'll probably
also notice that you may need a few more doses than before. This is because
partial or incomplete exposure to antibiotic doesn't kill the bacteria
entirely. Infact, it makes them stronger and resistant to that medication.
Discontinuing a medicine, therefore, must be
done only with the doctor's consent.
Carelessness is one of the big reasons why
people discontinue medications. For people suffering from chronic, lifelong
ailments, regularity plays a vital role. Skipping doses can be disastrous and
may impact health in harsh ways. Another reason why people tend to skip
medications is that they are scared of being too dependent on medications. For
instance, people suffering from depression often think that taking
anti-depressants and migraine pills may cause them to become dependent on them.
However, skipping these medications can cause more harm than taking them over a
period of time.
Here are some ways you can cope with this
condition better and think twice before discontinuing your medications.
'old is gold' rule:
trials and researches in pharmaceutical industries have now caused an emergence
of new drugs in the market. There may now be two or three new drugs in the
market replacing the drug you use.
These new drugs however, although more effective
than the older drug, may carry many long term side effects. The efficiency and
side effects of certain new drugs cannot be put into data unless it is
evaluated for widespread use. This is why, it is necessary to stick to your
medications. If your doctor changes your current medication, speak to him about
the pros and cons of the new drug.
doses or discontinuing your medications can be serious business. Listed below
are potential risks of suddenly stopping your drugs.
medications, taken usually by patients suffering from coronary heart disease,
can cause development of blood clots, leading to heart attacks and strokes when
Skipping doses of
antiviral medications may cause resistance, opportunistic infection, and
progression of the disease to a full-blown state.
Beta blockers (used by
patients suffering from coronary heart disease) may cause chest pains and heart
attacks if use is discontinued.
medicines used by diabetic patients may cause blood sugar to rise dangerously,
and may even lead to coma.
Corticosteroid medications used by people suffering
from degenerative, chronic and autoimmune disorders, can cause low blood
pressure and dizziness.