Prescription drugs are supposed to make us better. But in rare cases they can have quite the opposite effect. Allergies, misdiagnosis, defective drugs or simply long-term use can all cause unintended harm. As we continue to counter more illnesses with pills, cases of damage through prescription medication are increasing and it pays to know what to do before such damage can have a serious effect.
The signs will vary from case to case. Allergic reactions are generally noticeable straight away and can result in something as mild as an upset stomach or skin rash to something more serious such as anaphylactic shock. Penicillin is the drug that people are most commonly allergic to. Sulfa drugs, barbiturates, anti-seizure drugs and insulin meanwhile have all been known to cause allergic reactions in some cases too.
If you suspect you have an allergy, you should contact your doctor for an alternative medicine. There may be holistic medicines that have the same effect. In some cases, such as having diabetes but being allergic to insulin, you may need to take meds to offset these meds. Antihistamines might fight off the symptoms of an insulin allergy allowing you to still take insulin to treat your diabetes. Alternatively, some people have found that certain brands can make them allergic, whilst others don’t.
Misdiagnosis or a defective drug can be harder to determine and have all kinds of effects. There have been cases of faulty or misdiagnosed acne drugs causing depression and birth defects such as Crohn’s disease. Some faulty antibiotics meanwhile have been known to cause heart problems.
You should always see your doctor first to determine the cause – or a different doctor if you believe it to be a case of misdiagnosis. You’ll find many law firms online such as Madeksho Law that specialise in dealing with cases against defective drugs. As well as gaining justice, taking legal action may allow you to be compensated, allowing you to seek the proper medication you deserve.
The last type of medication damage is the hardest to define and usually only reveals itself after years of abuse. This is known as long-term prescription drug abuse and usually refers to drugs that initially are helpful but have side effects later down the line. Long term use of Xanax and Ritalin for example has resulted in mental issues such as paranoia and sometimes organ damage, particularly to the kidneys and liver. Such drugs can also become addictive – a user may no longer physically need them, but withdrawal symptoms are telling the brain that it does.
If you don’t require such medication on a day-to-day basis and are simply taking them as a preventative measure or simply out of habit, it may be time to cut your prescription and possibly seek therapy to try and cut the addiction. If these drugs are needed on a day-to-day basis, it may be worth seeing your doctor to arrange an alternative form of treatment – particularly if you are receiving organ damage. In almost all cases, there is another form treatment. It may not be as effective, but making yourself better rather than taking something that’s making you worse off.