Medicine can help you feel better. It can maintain your health, too. But all types of medications come with risks and side effects.
It doesn’t matter your age or your condition, you need the right medication strategy to ensure you reap the benefits and not the adverse effects of your medicine.
Side effects, for example, are the undesired effects of medication. Even when you take your medicine correctly, you might suffer effects such as heart problems, dizziness, upset stomach or headaches. Your body may even react badly to the medicine, breaking out in a rash or hives.
This is why it is important to implement tailored medication management strategies to alleviate pain and minimize risk.
When a medication’s benefits outweigh its risks, the FDA declares it safe. But before you use any medicine, whether it’s for joint pain, nerve damage, or any other type of pain, you need to think through the risks and benefits.
There are a number of risks from using medication. For instance, it may not work as you need it to. It could cause a host of problems. There is even the chance of harmful interaction between your dietary choices and medications.
So, before you use medication, you should talk to your doctor about the possible effects and risks. Then, consider a medication management strategy for your particular concern.
There are three important points to consider when developing medication management strategies. Let’s take a look at them.
An important part of managing your medication needs is learning about potential drug interactions. If you need to take more than one medicine, make sure they can be taken together. Even herbal supplements and over the counter drugs can interact with certain medications.
Your body processes different drugs in different ways, and it changes as you age. This means that older people may be more or less sensitive to some medications and experience adverse side effects. When you are prescribed medicine, make sure the dosage is appropriate for your age and find out if you need to start off with a lower dose.
Always discuss potential side effects before you or your loved ones start taking new medications. Determine if the person taking the drugs notices any differences in how they are feeling. Some medications can affect the elderly in various ways, such as a change in sleep patterns, balance, hunger, or weight changes.
The benefit versus risk decision can be a tough one to make. After all, the best choice all depends on your pain and situation.
Along with your healthcare providers, you need to decide what risks you are prepared to accept so as to get the benefits you need. For instance, if you’re fighting a life-threatening illness, you may choose to handle more risk with the hope of receiving the benefits to cure your illness.
On the other hand, if you suffer from chronic pain, you might decide to opt for less risk and better management of your medication, alternative therapies, and your condition. The expert advice of your healthcare professionals, doctors and pharmacists can ensure you devise the best medication management strategies for you and your needs.
If you suffer from pain or want to re-evaluate your current medication management strategy, it’s time to get in touch with Integrated Pain Consultations.
Schedule your appointment online today or call (480) 210-6167.