How Drugs Could Hurt More Than They Help

I had a pinched nerve last year  it was one of the worst pains I have ever felt, I honestly don’t remember if  childbirth pains were worse.  I had been to the Emergency room, and the orthopedist and both of them had given me medications to help. I also had a cabinet full of other the counter meds that I could take as well. What I didn’t know was how those drugs could hurt me.

You see, one doctor gave me pain medication with acetaminophen with a narcotic, and muscle relaxers. Another Doctor had given me a prescription Naproxen (NSID).   I headed home and with an arsenal of pills, started working on getting rid of the pain.  I didn’t particularly want to take the narcotic drug, so I took the Naproxen  with the thought that  I could take something else later for breakthrough pain if needed.  I headed for the  advil  later when I thought, wait, wasn’t there a sticker on my pill bottle? There was, about not taking with other drugs, so I called the pharmacy who told me in no uncertain terms NOT to take any more pills.   I needed a way to keep better track of my medications, and I found it.  My RX Profile is a simple app I put on my phone that helps keep me safe.

Studies show that 1.5 million Americans are hurt each year by preventable medicine errors. Many people are unaware that over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics can cause potentially serious adverse effects when used in combination with other common medications.

Ok, let’s talk truth. How many times do you pick up a new prescription and have them ask, Do you have any questions for the pharmacist?  I never think to ask about any possible drug interactions!

Adverse drug interactions are the 4th leading cause of death in the United States.

According to FDA there are more than 100,000 deaths due to adverse drug reactions and the annual cost of adverse drug reactions is $136 Billion dollars. What is even scarier than that?  50% of the 4.4 billion prescription medications that are dispensed in the United States are not taken correctly by patients.  Do YOU know what time to take your medications? Morning or night? With food, or empty stomach? With other pills or alone?  Not only does using the medications correctly help them help YOU heal, it also stops them from HURTING you.

The MyRxProfile app is simple and easy to use. You can check for drug interactions with a simple swipe of your phone and scan of a bar code. YOu can keep  a list of all the meds you are taking on the app (How helpful is THAT?)  and you can even send it to your doctor.  People shouldn’t have to second guess whether or not they can take medications together. MyRxProfile has taken out the guess work – and made it simple to save lives!   A simple swipe of the phone allows people to check drug information and interactions quickly by scanning a bar code.

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