Adverse Drug Reactions

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Kristine R. Ilidan Ph 1Y1-3

“Are We Killing Ourselves?”

When we take medications using western medicine, one thing we know is for sure, we will be treated. But what we don’t know is that there is always the “other side” of everything. Not all drugs are safe. Some may be even give us even worse illnesses. In other countries, there are more than 3% of all deaths seem to be caused by adverse drug reactions to medical drugs, according to research. On the contrary, Philippines don’t have a high risk of deaths that causes these because here in our country, we rely on those alternative medicines or herbal medicines. It is a lot cheaper but actually, it doesn’t have those therapeutic claims so it has a minimal assurance of being treated with the sickness. With these, we choose to use Western Medicines as well. Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) is the response of our body to those unwanted and unintended effects of the drug. Western Medicines are big examples of these. It may be more effective but it is expensive as well. No medicine is risk free. In fact, we don’t know that what we think will treat us, is actually what kills us. There are situations that may trigger the harmful effects of the drug: 1. Wrong diagnosis of the patient’s condition.

2. Wrong prescription or wrong dosage of the drug.
3. Undetected medical, genetic of allergic condition that might cause a patient reaction. 4. Self-medication with prescription medicines.
5. Not following the instructions for taking medications. 6. Reaction with other drugs (including traditional medicine) and certain foods. 7. Use of sub-standard medications whose composition and ingredients do not meet the correct scientific requirements, and can be ineffective or dangerous. 8. Use of counterfeit medicines with no active ingredients or wrong ingredients,...
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