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The Point Of A Drug Is Its Side Effects

People can sometimes be leery of prescription medications, and for good reason.  The reason these drugs aren’t sold over the counter is because they carry a chance for some potentially dangerous side effects, and as such their use has to be carefully monitored by a trained physician.  They aren’t to be taken lightly, but at the same time they’re still meant to be taken.


The difference between a drug and any normal sort of food or herb is the kind of effect it has on the person who consumes it.  Ordinary food comes with the calories our bodies need to survive and other chemicals and minerals which our systems can’t create on their own.  Some of these chemicals may promote better health if we consume enough of them, whether they’re vitamins or something more exotic, but at the same time it’s very hard to overdose on something as essential as a vitamin.


By contrast, the effects of a drug are far more drastic.  The reason you take a drug is because your body is doing something unusual and you need something equally unusual to counteract it:  a drug which corrects constipation will cause diarrhea in someone who doesn’t need it, a blood thinner helps out those who suffer from clots but can also cause excessive bleeding, and while Ritalin helps those with ADD and ADHD focus, it causes hyperactivity in those who don’t have these disorders.  The only real difference between a side effect and an indicated effect is whether or not the physician wants it to happen.


But because of this potential for troubling side effects, many people have second thoughts about starting a medication treatment, especially one that’s long-term, like for blood pressure or a mental disorder.  However, as unpleasant as side effects can be, they prove that the drug is doing its job, and the worst side effects often go away eventually as your body acclimates.  By contrast, taking an “herbal supplement” may be a much more pleasant experience, but the reason for that is because they almost always aren’t doing anything to help.


Of course, one of the other reasons to stay away from prescription medications is the price, but there are remedies for that, too.  If your health insurance isn’t cutting it for some reason, consider adding a USA Rx pharmacy discount card to your wallet.  You can sign up online for free with just your name and an email account, and when you present your card in any of 60,000 pharmacies across the country you can get up to 75% off of any prescription medication.  To learn more, email us at [email protected] or call our toll-free number at 888-277-3911.

Published January 12th, 2016 by USA Rx
Fact Checked by Chris Riley

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