medicine with good effect has some degree of side-effects
or toxicity. Medical science hopes to take advantage
of the dominant good effects of every drug in
of the times, side effects are minimal or not
visible either clinically or by investigations.
Also the body has the capacity to overcome minor
side effects. Except for allergy which usually
manifests with the first dose, majority of the
side-effects depend on dose and the duration of
the drug use.
experienced and knowledgeable doctor can ensure
that the patient does not suffer from side –effects
by advising certain precautions like timing of
the drug and consuming plenty of fluids. The doctor
can also teach the patient to recognize the early
signs of side-effects. All patients on long term
therapy must be regularly seen by their family
doctor and specialist in certain cases. Patients
should never take potent medicines without expert
medical supervision especially when suffering
from chronic arthritis.
analgesics or pain killer medicines can affect
the stomach and kidney when taken in high dose
or over prolonged periods. Even stomach ulcers
can be caused. Cortisones or steroids if used
without caution can cause numerous side effects,
for example increased body weight, high blood
sugar, high blood pressure, easy fractures of
bones etc. Highly potent anti-arthritis medicines
for example gold salts, methotrexate, etc need
regular monitoring for their effect on blood,
liver, kidney and skin.
repeat, every drug is like fire. Fire has many
good uses but can also burn. While starting treatment,
the benefits of every drug must outweigh its likely
side-effects. A certain amount of risk has to
be accepted because the disease if not treated
may lead to severe complications. Patients must
trust their doctors and doctors must closely monitor
patients taking drugs over prolonged periods.
Side-effects when detected early can be properly
treated without leaving any residual damage.
is reassuring to know that science is constantly
improving the safety profile of drugs. When indicated,
patients must take their medicines without fear,
but exercise caution as advised by doctors.