Benefits and Side Effects of Medication

It is the responsibility of physicians to discern the best treatment plan for each patient in order to medicate a condition or disease. In many cases, a patient must be monitored closely with blood tests and consultations after beginning a medication plan so the doctor is aware of any reactions or side effects of the medicine prescribed. This enables the medical professional and patient to work together in the treatment process. However, it is often left to the patient to decide whether or not the benefits of medication outweigh the side effects that they cause.

There are some diseases or conditions that require treatment plans with multiple medications. Some of these drugs will help prevent or reduce the severe side effects of medicine. For example, antiemetics will help cancer patients with nausea or vomiting while going through chemotherapy treatments. Similarly, folic acid will help reduce the chances of hair loss, mouth sores or blood issues that some arthritis medications can potentially cause. Many patients respond well to these additional "helper" drugs. However, there are many cases where there is no relief or even a solution to help ease the side effects of a treatment plan.

If this is the case the patient sometimes looks at different aspects. Everybody has heard of traditional treatments: old ancient medicine made of herbs and natural substances. Herbal medicine doesn't affect the human system, is less straining on the body and - in most cases - has the same effects as general medicine. The herbs and natural substances activate the human healing process and supports its regeneration. Very often traditional medicine is underrated until it is tested. After experiencing the outstanding effects it has on the body, the patient will always fall back on herbal medicine before taking chemical tablets.

It is important for a physician or other medical professional to explain all of the benefits as well as the prospective side effects with as much detail as possible. In addition, it is equally vital for patients and their families to be as educated as possible. Doing the extra research o­n their medical condition and medication will help raise questions and topics to discuss with the doctor. In addition, many fears or concerns will be eased o­nce the dark unknown is brought to the light. With this information and knowledge, a patient can make an informed decision when discussing medication with their doctor.