When a doctor prescribes drugs, he or she usually does so with the best intentions for the patient’s health and recovery. And most patients take the drugs without a second thought because they were prescribed by a trusted physician. Sadly, just like unmonitored over the counter “nutritional supplements,” occasionally prescription drugs can have severe side effects that can end in organ damage, cancer or even death.
Many people feel that prescription drugs are failsafe because, unlike supplements, they are monitored and approved by the federal government through the Food and Drug Administration. But like many governmental oversight agencies, the FDA is plagued with a task that goes way beyond their capabilities. Every day new drugs are submitted to the FDA for approval. Often times, certain serious side effects are not caught until years later. Tragically, deadly drugs can slip through the watchful eyes of the FDA.
While you cannot completely rely on the government to protect you from dangerous prescription drugs, there are certain things you can do to help your chances of avoiding dangerous drugs. Before taking a drug, try to do the following: