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Always Take Prescription Medications With A Prescription

The American drug schedule system exists for a very good reason. There are a small number of drugs out there which are harmless enough that you don’t need anyone’s permission or oversight to use them, at least so long as you follow the clear instructions which are printed on the label. Even then, the dangers of an overdose or a missed dosage are very unlikely to cause a serious problem.

Most drugs, however, are dangerous to one extent or another and can cause some serious problems if they aren’t taken as prescribed and if you don’t have a doctor handy who knows what you’re taking and knows what to do if bad things start to happen. Depending on the risk to a person’s health and the risk of abuse, a drug can be placed in one of five schedules which make it easier or harder to access, with uncontrolled over-the-counter drugs acting as a kind of sixth category.

It used to be that America didn’t have any regulations regarding drugs, and as such individuals could make up any claim about their health tonics without having to provide any real proof or even an ingredient list. Many simply used a combination of heroin, morphine, and cocaine to give people a strong, addictive reaction, and so the FDA came into being in order to regulate what we can and can’t do with drugs.

Other countries are still catching up with this way of thinking. For instance, in India self-medication is very common thanks to the high expense of doctor visits and easy access to cheap drugs that would be prescription-only in the United States. Unfortunately, without any doctor to watch over the effects, adjust the dosage, or switch the medication when something negative happens, self-medicating Indians commonly run head-first into the negative side effects of prescription drugs.

Of course, there’s one troubling side effect of prescription medication which even American doctors don’t always discuss: the high cost of new pharmaceuticals. Fortunately, there’s a way to alleviate that particular symptom, and it’s called the USARx pharmacy discount card. Simply show your free card to the pharmacist of your choice and you can start saving up to 75 percent off of prescription drugs both generic and brand-name. If you care to learn more, you can call our toll-free number at 888-277-3911 or send us an email at [email protected]