Do the warnings on medicine packages make us safer?
A friend had a cold, bought some cold medicine and looked all over the package for the dose. There were 5 of us who looked at the package. One of the 3 PhD's in the group said it only has one in the package so maybe that's the dose. Another PhD's said take two they are small. I finally mentioned that the directions on garden products are usually hidden on page 5 of the booklet that you don't know came with the product until you see a tiny sign that says lift here. The person holding the box looked. There was a little tag that said lift here. The directions were on page 4.
I don't think they make them safer. Along with what you stated, it depends on what else you are taking. A lot of people don't consult the directions even, let alone a professional before taking over the counter medication with perscription medication. Along with any underlying medical conditions you have or those you have and don't mention, or don't see on the directions. Some of us can take more and not be affected and some can take the dosage recommended at have consequences. Like the child that died from taking infant tylenol cough and cold medicine as directed.
No. We go to the doc knowing very well he's going to give you poison.
I find them scary - recently had some ointment prescribed for an allergy - the contraindications that 'may' happen were endless and frightening. I'd rather have the allergy.
One of the drugs I took had both diarrhea and constipation as the side effects. Would that be a crap shoot?
Only if we are able to read and understand them. There is a lot of CYA info included, but if you are ingesting something, it is a good idea to look at the directions and side effects, not to mention contraindications with drugs you may already be taking.
I think xstatic hit the mark. They have to list every possibility of every thing that may go wrong...unfortunately this sometimes scares older folks into not taking medications they need. I think the best course is to ask your family doctor and get a straight answer.
By the time you get to page 4 you're read to give up anyway!
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