Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SIDE EFFECTS OF PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS AND RECENT POPULARITY OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES

Medicines and drugs serve the purpose of diagnosing, curing, mitigating and preventing diseases. However, medicines often come with unwanted side effects. These side effects can occur due to the interaction of a different medicines, or medicine with food, or when a medicine is not suiting the body chemistry.  Not all medicinal side effects are recognizable and not all side effects are of same severity. Traditional drugs and medicines are available in two different arrangements; Rx or prescription drugs and over the counter drugs.

Prescription drugs

As their name suggests, these drugs are only prescribed by a practicing doctor and are mostly available at pharmacies. These drugs and medicines are supposed to be used only by the person to whom they are prescribed. Prescribed drugs are strictly regulated by government agencies to make sure that they are not misused.

Over the counter drugs

These drugs are mostly used to relieve different aches, allergies and infections. Over the counter (OTC) drugs can be bought without a doctor’s prescription and they are available easily at departmental stores. Protein and other micronutrient supplements are also considered OTC drugs.
Prescription and OTC drugs both contain several side effects, which often manifest when you start to take new medicines or OTC supplements or when you stop taking a drug that you have been consuming for a long time. Altering the dosage of drugs can also induce side effects.

Types of different side effects

 Side effects of prescribed or OTC drugs can vary from person to person as well. It depends on the type and composition of drugs. However, there are some common side effects caused by medicines.
·         Nausea
·         Upset stomach
·         Diarrhea
·         Constipation
·         Dry mouth
·         Fatigue

 Different drug types and their side effects

·         Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are one of the widely used anti-inflammatory drug type. They are generally consumed to reduce fevers and inflammations and to relieve pains. NSAIDs can cause various side effects that include digestive problems (stomachaches, indigestion, and diarrhea), drowsiness and headaches.

·         Muscle Relaxants is the drug type that is used when one suffers from muscle spasm, pulls and other related injuries. Drowsiness, low blood pressure, dry mouth and mood fluctuations are the possible side effects of muscle relaxants.  Nearly every drug that is used to treat any physical or psychological disease and disorder has side effects.

Naturopathic & Alternative Medicine

Due to the severe side effects of the drugs, an alternate medicinal practice has become popular called naturopathic medicines. These alternate practices emphasize on encouraging every individual’s built-in self-healing process for the prevention and treatment of diseases.
Alternative or naturopathic medicines include different practices like the administration of nutritional medicines, naturopathic manipulative therapies, homeopathy and acupunctures. Awareness of personal hygiene and public health are also some of the prominent features of naturopathic practices.
People who have become wary of the side effects of traditional drugs are attracted to alternative practices because they promise pain free, side effect free results.
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DR. JESSE A. STOFF is an internationally renowned physician with extensive credentials in clinical immunology and holistic medicine. A graduate of New York Medical College, he pursued extensive post-doctoral training including a fellow- ship at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital in LondonEngland. He has authored/co-authored countless articles and 8 books including co-authoring the bestseller "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Hidden Epidemic" and The Prostate Miracle.

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