When your health care provider identifies a clinical diagnosis that requires medical care, the choices of medical treatment can be determined by many factors. Most conditions have options for treatments: drugs, change in lifestyle, change in environment, homeopathic medicines, watchful waiting and more. Drugs should only be used when necessary. The final decision for what medical course and prescriptions you take, in most instances, should be yours.
When the course of action includes drugs, your health care provider will make recommendations. In addition to side effects and food interactions, ask about the long-term effects of the drug – some drugs come with warnings as to minimum age, maximum does and duration.
MedShadow Foundation is concerned that patients are not always warned about the long-term effects of some drugs have. Worse, some patients aren’t aware when the long-term effects are not known.
When reviewing with your health care provider the risks and benefits to taking a drug, please include questions about the long-term effects: How long can I (or my child) safely take this drug? Do side effects change over time? Does the efficacy of the drug change over time? Will the changes the drug makes in me today result in something else years later?
Please know that, except where noted, we at MedShadow are concerned consumers and parents, not medical professionals. You should never substitute our comments for your opinion and consulting with your doctor/health care provider.
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