Things to Consider Before Taking Any MedicineFitness Equipment
- The Right Dose
The dose of a drug depends on age, weight and severity of disease. While an overdose can be fatal, an under dosed drug will never treat a sick person.
Your doctor will calculate the correct dose, but in buying OTC medications, ask your pharmacist for the accurate dose and check the label.
- The Dosage Regimen
This refers to how many times a person would take the medicine and for how long. Some people upon obtaining the desired effect discontinue their medication. This is just OK in taking pain or fever medicine since we only take these types as needed, but when treating with an antibiotic, compliance to the full regimen is necessary. The bacteria tend to build resistance to the drug and can cause complications. In some instances, the medicine will not be able to cure the more resistant disease. This will likely require a different prescription and a longer period of treatment.
- Side Effects
This is any unwanted effect of any drug. All medicines will have side effects. However, some drugs are actually prescribed for their side effects. The Iterax drug for instance is an anti-allergy drug, but it is also used as a sleep-aid because it causes drowsiness.
Most antihistamines and vitamins produce sleepiness. They should be taken at night. But if an antihistamine is given three times a day in a combination form, just be sure not to handle or operate heavy machinery.
- Drug Interactions
Are you taking two or more medications? The simultaneous use of a number of drugs can sometimes alter their effect. While some combinations of drugs potentiates (enhances or doubles the effects of another drug) other medicines can be a barrier.
Is drug potentiation good? Not really, because it could enhance the bad effects of the drugs combined.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if intervals are necessary in taking your drugs. Read the label for any food or drug reaction.
- The Expiration Date
Antibiotics like tetracycline can damage the liver if given in its expired form. Most medicines past their due date may or may not produce efficacy. However it is better not to risk your health by taking expired medications and since you will be paying for these, it is just proper that you take a drug with the best quality.
- Product Information
Do you need this medicine? Ask your pharmacist about the drug you would take. Sometimes professionals could go wrong. Your eagerness to know more of the medicine will make your doctor or pharmacist prescribe or dispense you the right medicine.
Wilson and Gisvold’s Textbook of Organic Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 9th edition
Smart Medicine by Peter Weaver