Before You Agree to the Prescription

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A friend of mine recently went to the doctor for her annual physical. Her blood pressure was on the high side, so the doctor trotted out the prescription pad and wrote her a prescription for a blood pressure lowering drug. He didn’t offer any other suggestions or advice, just the scrip and a push out the door.

Fortunately, my friend is smart and she’s well-informed on health matters. Before she left the doctor’s office, she asked him if there was anything she could do before resorting to the drug. Could she exercise more? Eat better? Was the drug absolutely necessary right now in order to save her life, or did she have time to try other options? She asked for two reasons.

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6 Responses to Before You Agree to the Prescription

  1. Jay says:

    Agreed! Same with all the tests Docs love to order.

  2. Diane says:

    There are many things I’d try before resorting to prescription meds, including all of the above, plus researching any herbal/vitamin remedies that might help. I hate the thought of taking prescription meds unless it’s absolutely necessary.

    IMO, doctors should always start with the least invasive methods, such as diet,exercise & weight loss, and schedule a follow up visit to see if it’s working. They should emphasize the lifelong benefits of healthy living, as opposed to the downsides of taking medication. But in reality, that’s a lot more time consuming for the doctor & the patient. It’s simpler for both if the doctor just writes a prescription & the patient just pops a pill!

  3. “Just jaded.” There’s an excuse, Doc!

    The truth is, doctors are trained to prescribe medications and they are lobbied to do so regularly by drug manufacturers’ representatives. They’re so thoroughly indoctrinated in this approach that they do not consider a given drug’s side effects and often do not even know what they are.

    I had an ER doctor prescribe a drug for what he thought was IBS (it actually was an early flare-up of acute appendicitis). Since I’ve had enough drug side effects to last me for the rest of my life, thank you, I now look up EVERY prescription and OTC nostrum before taking it. This one, as it developed, was specifically contraindicated, in large letters, for women with the type of IBS the believed I had.

    This was after I asked him what the side effects were. He sat there and looked the drug up on his iPad and then told me, with a straight face, that it had no side effects (this was wrong) and was perfectly safe for me to take.

  4. Edith says:

    Too many people believe that a pill can solve all their problems. I think we as a nation need to learn that the stay healthy means that you need to put a little effort into what you eat and your lifestyle. I think a lot of problems that people have would no longer be problems if they would just eat better and exercise more.

  5. No drugs says:

    “He told her that her efforts had inspired him to try again with the lifestyle speech.

    ā€œIā€™m sure a fair percentage will end up on the drugs, anyway, but maybe there are more people like you out there who will try what I tell them,ā€ he said.”

    Glad this doctor told his patient this.

    Doctors typically have many patients who refuse to lose weight or take care of themselves. No wonder they push pills.

    It is your responsibility to Google whatever prescriptions your doctor gives you BEFORE you get them filled. That is what we do.

    Take charge of your health and don’t blame your doc.

    He is pharma’s bitch and they can put him out of business with little effort.

  6. Betty says:

    I definitely became suspicious of my doctor when I kept getting blood pressure medication for individuals with high risk of heart disease or history a heart attack. I have never had heart problems and my blood pressure without medication is 109/75.

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