Medicines side effects.(A to Z)

What you need to know about your medicines:

Medicines side effects

1.Talk to your doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider before starting a new medication. Look for any problems with your allergies and other medications such as your rash, shortness of breath, indigestion, dizziness, or mood swings.

2.You will also want to know if you need to change or discontinue any of your other prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs while using this new drug. Mixing some drugs is unpleasant and can sometimes cause serious problems. For example, using aspirin while taking blood-thinning drugs is dangerous.

3.It is important to keep a list of all your medications. Print and fill out your medication tracking: Worksheet to help you keep track of your medication.

4.When starting a new medication, be sure to write down the name of the medication and why it is being prescribed to you. Also, note any special instructions for how to take the medicine.

Side Effects:

Unwanted or unexpected symptoms or feelings are called side effects when you take the medicine. Side effects may be relatively minor, such as headaches or dry mouth. They can also be fatal, such as severe bleeding or irreversible damage to the liver or kidneys. Medication side effects can also affect your driving.

If you experience side effects, write them down so that you can report them to your doctor. Call your doctor if you have any problems with your medication or if you suspect the medication is doing more harm than good. He or she may be able to change your medication to something else that will work just as well.

About 230,000 Australians are hospitalized each year due to drug problems, including side effects. While most side effects can be managed, some can be very serious and even cause death.
It is better for you to manage your medications wisely.

Prescription medications can cause side effects.

All medications can cause unwanted side effects. For example, some antibiotics can cause allergic reactions in up to five percent of the population. Cracking of the skin is a common reaction. However, it is not always easy to say whether the reaction is due to medication or illness.

Medicines side effects

Complementary medications also cause side effects:

About 60 per cent of Australians use complementary drugs at least once a year. Many people believe that they are safe because they come from natural sources. This is not always true.

Some herbal remedies work as vigorously in the body as any conventional medicine and may cause unwanted side effects.

Here are some examples of complementary drugs that can cause side effects:

Echinacea: More than 20 different reactions have been reported. Some include asthma attacks, bloating, bloating, muscle aches, and gastrointestinal upset.

Feverfew:Pregnant women should not use this herb, as it may cause uterine contractions. In animal testing, feverfew spontaneous abortion (abortion)

Some of the combinations that could endanger human health include:

  • Echinacea can communicate with ations that are broken down by the liver.
  • Many complementary drugs (including feverfew, ginkgo, and chamomile) can increase people's risk of bleeding by taking anticoagulant drugs (such as warfarin) and anti-inflammatory drugs (such as aspirin).
  • St John's wort increases serotonin. If taken with other drugs that increase serotonin (such as antidepressants) it can cause serotonin poisoning. Serotonin toxicity can range from mild to life threatening. Symptoms include tremors, high temperature and low blood pressure.
  •  For advice on complementary medications, talk to your doctor.
Drinking alcohol with certain medications can also cause unwanted (and sometimes dangerous) side effects.

For example:
  • Alcohol can cause dizziness or dizziness when taken with antihistamines, antidepressants, sleeping tablets or medications for anxiety.
  • Alcohol can affect medications for high blood pressure and travel sickness, and some pain medications can also be affected by alcohol.
  • Some antibiotics interact negatively with alcohol and can cause some severe reactions. Symptoms include restless stomach, flushing of the skin, headache, rapid or irregular heartbeat, drowsiness or dizziness.
Remember that alcohol can stay in your system for a few hours after your last drink, so it's        important to be aware that interactions can occur long after you stop drinking. Absolutely          stopping is very good for you and your health.

What to do if you experience side effects;

If you experience side effects while taking the medicine:

Call your doctor urgently.

Note the side effects and consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns. You may need to adjust your dose or the type of medication you use.

How to reduce the risk of side effects;

To reduce the risk of side effects:

1. Take all medications prescribed by your doctor.

2. Do not take anyone else's medicine.

3. Learn about your medications. All prescription drugs have an information leaflet called Consumer Medicine Information (CMI). It gives detailed information of the medicine in simple English including how to use, side effects and precautions. Your pharmacist may also give you a CMI for your medicine.

4. If you have purchased over-the-counter or over-the-counter medications, talk to your pharmacist. They may advise you about side effects and interactions with other medications you take. Be aware that the drugs you buy at the supermarket can also cause side effects.

5. Tell your doctor about any medications you are taking, including prescription, over-the-counter, and complementary medications.
6. Review all medications you take annually. This is important for older people because they are more likely to have side effects. A review may be held at a pharmacy or at home. Ask your doctor for more information about medicine reviews.

Other things you can do to reduce your risk of side effects from the medication include:

Ask your doctor if improving your lifestyle may reduce your need for medication.

Some conditions can be better managed with changes in your diet and regular exercise.

Return unwanted and expired drugs to your pharmacy for safe disposal. This is a free service.

Talk to your pharmacist about dosage aids that can help you arrange for your pill to be taken. You may be at risk of making a mistake if you take different medications at different times.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist questions so you can understand the benefits and risks of your medication.

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