If you’re taking 2+ prescription medications, there’s a good chance that they are interacting in your body, in your bloodstream. Makes sense, doesn’t it? It might not sound like something to worry about now. But what about if you start adding in opioid, pain-relieving, drugs (Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin, etc)? Or want to try a healthy alternative and start a few supplements? All of these are chemicals in a higher than food dose form that may be interacting in your body in a negative way.
Do You Have Any of These Conditions or Symptoms?
- Headaches and migraines
- Back and joint pain
- Mild depression
- Low testosterone
- Osteopenia (bone loss)
- Overactive bladder
These are all conditions that are commonly treated with prescription medications. More often than not, when there is one disease condition, there is also more. With an increase of diseases in their body, patients tend to seek several different practitioners who are experts in their fields in order to understand what they need to do for treatment, oftentimes receiving a drug prescription.
Even though these are conditions and diseases that do have fantastic results with prescription drug treatments, they might require several different prescription drugs.
PS – Many of these conditions have documented positive changes with chiropractic care, which is a DRUG/OPIOID FREE and has no interactions.
What Happens with Medications
The more medication you take, the greater the chance you might be suffering from an interaction in your body.
When there are too many chemicals all trying to balance different areas of the body, there is an increased chance that they may interact with each other.
Why is it Important to Learn About Medical Interactions?
These interactions may be the cause of body aches/pains, other diseases or even different conditions or symptoms that are affecting your body. Unfortunately, many of these medical reactions are the reason that people continue to seek care from their doctor (symptoms keep changing, but you’re still not feeling like yourself), which may just end up in an office visit with yet another prescription.
Consumer Report Survey, Aug 2017
A Consumer Report survey from August 2017 found that 55% of Americans regularly take a prescription medicine of some form. Most people take on about four prescriptions, and many take over the counter drugs, vitamins, and dietary supplements which leads to over medication.
53% of people get their medications from one or more health care providers, many of which may have no clue what other providers have prescribed. Another reason many are over-medicated is that many prescriptions should only be temporary, but many people keep taking the prescriptions. These all contribute to a high risk of adverse drug effects.
Ask your doctor! Bring your medications to every doctor visit including supplements and common medications that you may be utilizing (Ibuprofen, Tylenol, etc).
49% of respondents in the mentioned survey who regularly take prescription medication asked their health care providers if they could afford to stop taking any of their drugs. Of those participants, 71% of people in the survey were able to eliminate at least one of them.
This is amazing news! Even as few as 2-3 medications may have horrible health effects on your body. 4-10, or 11+ can be hazardous if they aren’t properly monitored or even provided to your doctor.
Want to check out what might be happening in your body?
DIY: Drug Interaction Checker
You can find interaction checkers on the internet but click the link below, type in your prescriptions, over the counter drugs and even supplements you’re using to start to see what side effects might be happening in your body.
Take your health into your hands! The more you know, the more active of a role you can take in your health. Call us today at King Chiropractic to see how alternative health care like chiropractic can help decrease pain, increase body function and performance and overall, lower your possible prescription/over the counter use of drugs.
Consumer Reports, news release Aug. 3, 2017