LIFE SAVING MEDICATION INFORMATION
The medicines we prescribe are, in general, very reasonable treatments for your medical problem. Although medications have a potentially positive benefit, all drugs carry potential risks, hazards, and complications, some of which may be very serious and life threatening. Some examples of conditions which affect the medicines we take include advanced age, cancer, obesity, alcohol or tobacco consumption, aspirin-like medicines (NSAIDs), steroids (Prednisone, etc.), or blood thinners (Coumadin, aspirin, Plavix, Arixtra, Lovenox, Aggrenox, Pradaxa, etc.), history of allergic reaction, diabetes, asthma, heart, liver, kidney, neurological, or gastrointestinal disease (bleeding ulcers), etc. These conditions cause physiologic changes that may alter the desired (therapeutic) and bad (toxic) effects of the drug prescribed.
Elderly or sick patients may have decreased stomach acid secretion and decreased stomach or intestinal mobility, slowing can be significantly greater risk of medication toxicity or bad overdose reaction. Many side effects are minor and can be managed with over the counter medications. For example, constipation caused by narcotic and Calcium pills can be treated MiraLAX and Senakot.