When the doctor provides a medication, the impulse reaction is to always trust their advice. If the doctor prescribed it, then the medication couldn’t be harmful, could it?
Although doctors will usually go over the side effects of a drug before prescribing it to a patient in Utah or anywhere else, that doesn’t mean injury won’t occur. Many commonly used medications have effects that can be extremely dangerous when not used with caution.
One such type of medication is any kind of hypertension pill. One of its main side effects is dizziness. Older people on blood pressure medications usually have more serious fall injuries than those not on these medications. The drop in blood pressure while on the meds can make patients dizzy and more likely to fall.
Other blood thinner medications or even insulin and vaccines can also cause hematoma. Hematoma is a swelling of clotted blood within tissues. This can be caused by Coumadin, Plavix or even Aspirin: all medications that impair the clotting of blood.
Another injury to look out for is the development of neuropathy. The risk of neuropathy can be increased by certain nerve damaging medications like anti-convulsants, any drug to fight bacterial infections, some blood pressure medications and medications to treat cancer. This condition will disrupt the nerves’ normal system, sometimes causing pain signals to be sent when there is no pain or vice-versa.
Whether the prescription is from a Utah doctor or someone else, make sure you understand all of the risks involved upfront. Watch out for indicated side effects as you take the medication and notify your doctor if any signs occur.