any medication is a risk...but sometimes people need to take them...I took Vioxx for quite sometime...no side effects, and deemed it a miracle drug...as I could hardly walk without limping...and did benefit from it a great deal...but b/c it was a drug, researched other avenues and stopped taking it, b/c any medication is a risk...even asprin, depending on each & every individual.
We've become a quick fix nation, and if these kinds of drugs were not in demand, they would not sell, forcing the drug companies to research other areas...
Anytime a doctor perscribes any medication, it is solely up to the individual to read all the information that comes with the drug and decide for himself/herself if they want to risk those side effects, including any self perscribed over the counter meds.
It is up to the individuals of this country to assume some responsibility & research what we're putting into our bodies.
I also had Laser surgery on my eyes...and researched any meds that were perscribed at that time.
If I go into the hospital, I refuse to take anything to help me sleep or for pain, unless I absolutely have no other alternative. And one night a nurse came into my room with a needle. I inquired what it was she was about to give me...she said...something to ease the pain & help you sleep. I explained nicely that I didn't want it...why, b/c years before that, I had two bouts with kidney stones, and they shot me up while in the hosptital with all kinds of pain killers...after being discharged from the hospital, it took two weeks for those drugs to leave my system...all kinds of problems staying awake...focus...etc.
So what I'm saying is...it's ok to say no to drugs...research the internet, and educate yourself with any possible side effects.
Years ago, penicillin also caused some pretty nasty side effects and even deaths due to allergies...etc. But helped thousands of people otherwise.
I've looked at other remedies...such as natural over the counter suppliments with a combination of juicing and have had some pretty significant & beneficial results.
Before you take any medication, think first about what your putting into your body. Drugs do help people...they do...and have been and will continue to be very beneficial
keeping people alive.
Take for instance any drug that is given to a child for hyperactivity. There are very few children who are hyperactive. Most of the time, it's a behavoral problem and the parents go to the doctor beside themselves, not knowing what to do, so the doctor gives them a quick fix...drug the child and the child will be more managable.
I suppose what I'm saying is...Vioxx along with many other drugs have helped a lot of people...including myself...but unless it's a life threatening situation, dependency on any drug over a long period of time, might very well be of risk.
Read all information which comes with your drug before digesting it...if there is a history of heart attack/strokes...etc in your family, which is genetic...then I suggest you not take any drug which offers information, warning against these side effects.
Check to see if the Drug is black boxed, which means...it has been tested and proven to cause major side effects...
Somewhere along the line...people have to start assuming responsiblity and face the consequences for their actions and stop blaming everything & everyone else for their lack of education, so to speak. And I don't mean that in a condescending way...what I'm saying is...if you know you have a severe allergy to shellfish...are your going to chance eating it suffering severe complications.
If your in pain...ask your doctor about the side effects of any drug he perscibes...and if he doesn't have the time to sit down and discuss the issue with you...then, read up on the drug yourself and change doctors. Doctors are not Gods...and it's ok to fire them.
And if you experience any side effects, it is up to you to contact your doctor immediately...stop taking the drug immediately, and evaluate perhaps other avenues.
I realize there are many many people who need to take meds...otherwise they would gravely suffer...but when you take any medication, realize there is no perfect world, and understand that what ever drug your taking...might help one issue, but also, effect another...
I know a gal who suffers severe convulsions...she was a neighbor of mine with 4 children. The drug she was taking gave her a better quality of life, suffering less and less convulsions...yet, she knows quit candidly, that this drug will eventually effect her liver...what other choice does she have? With the drug she can function rather normally, and without it, the convulsions can kill her?
What would you do? I do not take many meds but rely on vitamins and other natural herbs and suppliments...and yet, the pain in my knee was so so bad...I resorted to Vioxx and it did a much better job then I thought it would. And yes, I read all the literature which came with the drug and was fully aware of any side effects (of which I didn't suffer) while researching other avenues...got off the drug and have been doing much better the past few months. The only other option I'd have and might have to face in the future is surgery...but will ward that option off as long as pratically possible. Why? Due to new technologies and new meds being researched all the time.
What it comes down to, is common sense, responsibility of and for self, depending on your health, amount of pain, and your quality of life.