Why You Shouldn’t Ask Your Doctor About Drugs on TV

In recent years, drug companies have taken to consumers’ televisions to promote their products. They’ve bypassed working with trained medical professionals and instead have used their marketing money to get into your home and target you directly. Now, it is difficult to turn on the television and watch the news without seeing a commercial for some type of medication.

Just Say No!

At the end of each commercial, the company encourages you to talk to your doctor about its medication. While that might seem harmless on the surface, trying a new type of drug could prove disastrous to your health.

Often, the commercials casually include some of the risky side effects they often see with their drug. Some of these side effects include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Redness, itching, or swelling (especially when you need to wear a patch to administer the drug)
  • Problems with urination
  • Swelling of your ankles and joints
  • Headaches
  • Depressed mood or changes in your sex drive

These side effects could happen even without having an allergic reaction to the medication. If you take other prescription drugs, you could experience even more side effects because of interactions between medicines.

As awful as these side effects sound, the drug companies go out of their way to downplay them during the commercials. Just because your doctor prescribes you the medication does not make it any safer.

Before You Talk to Your Doctor About a Drug, Do This Instead!

Before you talk to your doctor about trying a new type of medicine, it is important that you do some research. Although you should trust your doctor to offer you the best treatment possible for you, it is impossible for him to know exactly how the medication will impact you.

It is a good idea to prepare a list of questions for the doctor before asking for a new type of medication. For example, ask about alternative treatments, whether the condition is a medical illness or disease, and what other side effects you should be aware of. Your doctor should have the latest research on the drug and can give you a more realistic idea of how it has impacted other people.

As a Philadelphia dangerous drugs attorney, I see a lot of people who trusted commercials and their doctors, only to be injured by the drug after taking it. If a medication you were prescribed injured you, it is important that you take action to defend yourself!

Call me today to schedule your appointment to learn more about how you can be compensated for the pain you experienced after taking a drug.