YOU and reading side effects of prescription drugs and everything
The following is information from startnews.com and it is for you
A recent study found that, while about 80 percent of those viewing
risk information for a fictitious allergy drug claimed to have read at
least half or more of the warnings, an eye-tracking tool found that
they actually read little to none of the cautionary material on a
product website. Of 29 people, eight did not read any of the sides
effect disclosure, some of which was supposedly unique to this
In general, the participants-all of whom had been diagnosed with
a seasonal allergy and reported suffering symptoms during the
past year-had a very low recall level. Of 12 side effects
mentioned, on average, the participants correctly recalled just
one. And nearly 45 percent did not recall any risks, while 17
percent recalled just one risk.
The goal of the study was to assess the extent to which people
actually, absorb risk information as they scroll along a product
the website, since previous studies showed mixed results when
researchers have relied on trial participants to report whether they
read anything. This explains why the researchers relied on eye-
tracking tools, as well as a survey to then, assess recollections.
The following is from consumerreports.org and they say that there
are 5 things you can do to stay safe:
Confirm that you understand the basics of your medication: how
much should you take, when, and how often. Take time to the
pharmacy counter to talk with the pharmacist. Even if he or she
seems busy, do not feel reluctant to ask.
Ask about food, supplements, and vitamins that should be
avoided. And what about alcohol
Ask about the possible side effects, both common and rare, as
well as which is the most serious
Read the patient information sheets that come either stuffed into
or stapled to the prescription bottle bag
Determine when you can stop taking the medication.
I have always believed the Pharmacist knows more about your
medication and interaction and side effects than your doctor.
Be aware when taking prescription drugs. READ the insert and
ask the pharmacist question