There are a countless number of prescription and non-prescription drugs on the market today. Some help the body fix itself while others alter the body’s chemistry to help you lose weight or remedy a problem. In addition to the many different drug concoctions on the market, thousands of new drugs will be introduced this year, and with all of these chemicals floating around it is time to take the numerous side effects and potential drug interactions into consideration.

Side Effects are a Fact of Life
All drugs on the market today, whether FDA approved or not, carry some risk of side effects. When you introduce a foreign substance into the body in any dose, you are bound to see some type of reaction whether that reaction is desired or undesired. All medications have desired and undesired effects; it is the bane of Western medicine. The key is to limit risk and undesired effects by following strict guidelines and dosage requirements. Following the dosage information can be the difference between life and death, so make sure to read your prescription information carefully.

The Chemistry Behind it All
Side effects can vary from redness to death, so it is important to know what types of chemicals the drug contains and how they will react within your body. Side effects will be experienced differently from person to person because of the unique body chemistry that all humans have. The only way to truly know how you will react to a drug is to introduce it into your body. This can be extremely disconcerting and may cause some people to swear of medication all together, but if taken properly and under a physician’s guidance you will see the best outcome possible.

Risk VS Reward
Side effects shouldn’t scare away a patient from utilizing a potentially life-saving medication, but educating one’s self on the potential complications that may come with taking a certain medication is just plain common sense. With so many prescription medications being introduced each year it is paramount that you let your doctor know what type of medications you are taking, and any drug allergies that you may have. Make sure to include any supplements you may be taking as well. Many nutritional supplements can interact with prescription medications in an adverse way; sometime resulting in serious implications or even death.

Limit Your Overall Risk
Side effects are a part of any medication or supplement that you may introduce into your body. The only way to truly know how your body will react to a medication or supplement is to ingest it under a doctor’s supervision. Each person will react differently to medications due to unique body chemistry, so you will only know after beginning a regimen what side effects you will experience. The key is to limit your risk as much as possible when taking a medication. Always take the medication as prescribed or directed, and under the close watch of your doctor or another healthcare professional.