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Re: dangers of self medication....

Posted by Elizabeth on June 23, 1999, at 22:15:38

In reply to Re: dangers of self medication...., posted by paul on June 23, 1999, at 11:03:28


You bring up an interesting point: doctors do need to listen to us, because we bring in important information too. However, working with a physician and making suggestions, or just plain telling the doctor, "this is what I want to try," is a very different thing from attempting to self-medicate on one's own.

The problem I see is that you and I are not educated enough to deal if something goes wrong - in particular, if a drug interacts with another one or with a condition we have (including metabolic deficiencies). There are also lab tests that are (or may be) required in some cases, and there are certain ways of dealing with the various side effects that may come up. There are probably many other things, but the point is, there's more to taking a medication than just selecting which one to take.




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