If your doctor is anything like mine, he’s reaching for his prescription pad before I have even finished telling him the nature of the problem. What’s with that anyway? When will doctors start dealing with the medical condition instead of prescribing pills for the symptoms it caused? No wonder seniors and Misuse of prescription drugs is a growing concern.
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ARE A HUGE INDUSTRY
There’s no denying that prescription drugs are a huge industry. Which begs the question, what would happen to this money-churning machine that feeds the big pharmaceutical companies if medical science discovered the root cause of illness and cured it for good? That’s the last thing the big pill companies want to happen.
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There are probably even a lot of doctors who don’t ever want that to happen, as it could mean the kickbacks from the pharmaceutical companies would come to an end.
It would be like someone discovers a way of converting water to fuel cars and heat homes. Can you imagine? Do you really think that’s something the big oil conglomerates would ever want to see happen? Of course not. It would make them obsolete, and there go the multi-million dollar year-end bonus checks.
Do they care that it would end fossil fuel pollution? No. Of course, they wouldn’t care. Does a tobacco company care that cigarettes kill people by the hundreds of thousands? Of course, they don’t care. They care about the bottom line.
CROSS BORDER PRESCRIPTION SHOPPING
How about this? Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders joins a group of USA citizens as they cross the USA/Canada border at Windsor to purchase insulin.
Why did he do that?
He did it to call out the USA pharmaceutical companies who are continually gouging people who are sick in order to boost their profits. So just how much are they charging for insulin that essentially keeps people alive? How about ten times the amount charged in Canada!
In his own words, Bernie Sanders said: “it’s an embarrassment.” It’s an embarrassment that USA citizens have to cross the border to find affordable, life-giving insulin. It boggles the mind that over 30 million Americans have diabetes and about 7.5 million of them depend on it to survive.
This is what Royal Oak resident Jillian Rippolone, a type one diabetic who runs the Michigan chapter of the group Insulin For All had to say.
A vial of insulin that retails around $360 per vial in the U.S. costs between $25-$32 when purchased in Canada–and doesn’t require a prescription.
TREAT THE CAUSE, NOT THE SYMPTOMS
If you have colitis a doctor probably gives you Entocort. Can’t sleep? Your doctor might prescribe Ambien, Zopiclone, Zolpidem, or Zaleplon. Have you been prescribed Rosuvastatin because your bad cholesterol is running roughshod over the good cholesterol? Maybe you’re prescribed Lyrica because you have Fibromyalgia.
Does he tell you that if you take Ambien you might get in your car and go for a joy ride in the middle of the night and not remember doing it? No. Maybe he forgot to tell you that using Zopiclone for sleep for too long can lead to serious health issues.
Or maybe he forgot to tell you that you shouldn’t take Zopiclone for more than 7-10 days in a row. I think my doctor forgot because I was on it for 12 years non-stop before I switched to CBD oil. It was one of the smartest things I ever did when it comes to my health and well-being. EAZE is an online company that specializes in all things CBD and serves much of the USA.
Something that many people don’t realize is that sleeping pills can be risky for those seniors with Dementia.
Were you made aware just how hard it is to come off of Lyrica? People become so dependent on it, they convince themselves they could never make it through the day without it. I know, because I was on it. It was horrible trying to wean myself from it. That was years ago, and I’m managing fine without it by improving my diet, exercising, and making use of vitamins with no side effects.
Wouldn’t it be great if the cause of sleep issues were addressed instead of throwing Ambien or one of the “Z” drugs at it? It sure would be healthier and a lot cheaper to eat properly and exercise in order to lower bad cholesterol, yet the answer always seems to be the prescription pad.
SENIORS AND ‘PILLITIS’
Some seniors are taking so many drugs, they forget what they’re taking them for. Some will even go to three or four different doctors without remembering to tell them about all the drugs they are already taking. Sometimes when a doctor asks a senior to bring in all the medication they are taking, they arrive with a bagful.
In many cases, they can’t remember why they are taking them, so it’s not always the doctor who is to blame.
The problem with this is that some drugs do not mix well with others and it can cause some serious side-effects. In some case, seniors will think that if one pill works pretty good, then two will be even better.
In today’s world, about 15% of the population of North America is 65 and older, and that number continues to grow. That 15% consumes about 30% or prescription drugs. That’s not a good thing because the older we get, the harder it is to metabolize the medication.
Seniors have to be more educated about the drugs they take. Doctors can’t always be at their side. With such easy access to the internet, seniors can easily look up any drug to learn more about it. For instance, the list of side-effects is huge for many drugs. Some should never be mixed with alcohol.
There is an amazing pill dispensing system that insures seniors age getting the proper medications at the right time during the day. The MetaCube Medication Dispenser has been getting rave reviews. Caregivers can program up to 16 different medications for a 90-day period.
They can add the necessary medications and delete the ones not needed. There is a great sense of relief for the senior and caregiver once they know the proper doses of the right medications will be administered in a timely manner.
Seniors should know that taking two pills for blood-pressure instead of the one prescribed by the doctor is not better. It could very well lower blood pressure too much and cause dizziness that could result in falling and serious injury.
They should know that orange juice is a far better choice than grapefruit juice when taking some medications. Grapefruit contains a substance that affects the activity of an enzyme in the liver that helps breakdown more than 50 drugs. One of those is cholesterol-lowering drugs(CDL). Consuming grapefruit with some drugs could result in levels of CDL in the blood that could potentially be dangerous.
Seniors have to be more pro-active when it comes to the prescription drugs they are taking. Doctors can’t be at their side day and night. It’s important to seek out information on the drugs they are taking so they are well aware of the side-effects.
Also, there are many vitamins that might do an even better job than prescription pills depending on what you use them for.
aSquared Nutrition is an excellent source of vitamins for weight loss, anti-aging, and heart health.
When a senior is prescribed a new drug, they should keep a journal and make notes about why they are taking the drug, when they started taking it, side-effects, and if it’s working for them.
Whenever they see a new doctor they should take that journal and all the pills they are currently taking so the doctor has a clear understanding of why the drugs were prescribed in the first place by another doctor.
There are many drugs that can be eliminated by simply choosing a better diet, and exercising on a regular basis, because ultimately, the fewer drugs a senior takes the better it is. Lowering bad cholesterol is a perfect example of how making changes to your diet can bring bad cholesterol levels down without the use of any drugs.
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