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December 01, 2016

Do homework

I cannot be sure how many people actually read the product leaflet for the drugs their medical advisers prescribe.

If you fail to evaluate your newly-prescribed drug, adverse possible inter-actions with those you are already taking can be dangerous at worst, or complicated at best.

You need to consider the cocktail of drugs you take with any new drug prescribed and the possible combination effect.

It is true that initial apparent side effects may only be a temporary discomfort, but reaction in some individuals can be serious, even life-threatening. Too many times ‘‘mega-pharmacy’’ has had drugs approved that proved fatal for some patients and were obliged to withdraw the unsafe product.

Bad luck for those who died beforehand. Dead, in fact, before the condition being treated might have killed these people.

I do not suggest you not accept any new medicine, but rather you determine whether or not you can endure your problem without extra drugs or if you really need to accept the new treatment.

Even everyday antihistamines can badly affect some patients and these are ‘‘over-the-counter’’ medications.

Best to go to the internet for a complete summary of the effects you might or might not experience. You decide — it’s your health and your life.

Many drugs and vaccines are of great benefit to human health, but there have been many drugs that were inappropriate, useless, or deadly.

The alarming explosion of psychotherapy drugs is an increasing concern.

Statins are vital for some patients, but the jury is out over their very general use in even younger people and, occasionally, the side effects are debilitating.

I am not anti-medication, but I’m concerned we are often given a prescription in a hurry to speed us through the system. That is not good medical care.

Take only those drugs your doctor advises you really need, but question your doctor about why you should ingest any new medication.

Medicines are a huge cost to national government budgets, yet the need and high cost involved might not be really needed in the first place.

All chemicals entering the human body have some adverse effects. The longer-term damage is very often not known — that is proven fact.

Make your own informed decisions because you are the final arbitrator.

Submitted by - Rex Tooley, Shepparton

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