Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Side Effects of Drugs

Drug Side Effects

There are serious health risks related to abuse of prescription drugs. A single large dose of prescription or over-the-counter painkillers or depressants can cause breathing difficulty that can lead to death. Stimulant abuse can lead to hostility or paranoia, or the potential for heart system failure or fatal seizures. Even in small doses, depressants and painkillers have subtle effects on motor skills, judgment, and ability to learn.

There is no denying that prescription medicines are life-saving sometimes when used to treat an illness or an injury. They are to be carefully used as per the doctor’s instructions or other healthcare experts. The same drugs when abused or misused can cause danger to your life. This is applicable even when prescription medicines are misused unintentionally. For instance, if you happen to take over dosage of a prescribed medicine accidently, the effects will be quite different than what you had imagined.

Side effects can occur when commencing, decreasing/increasing dosages, or ending a drug or medication regimen. Side effects may also lead to non-compliance with prescribed treatment. When side effects of a drug or medication are severe, the dosage may be adjusted or a second medication may be prescribed. Lifestyle or dietary changes may also help to minimize side effects.

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