No, antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. Asthma is not a disease of infection but rather a hypersensitive immune response. Antibiotics do not last very long in the body once given so there could not be a way for it to induce an immune reaction so severe enough that it would alter the immune response permanently. Thus, antibiotics do not and cannot cause asthma.
Prescription Drug Adherence
1 AnswerRobin Miller, Integrative Medicine, answered
I believe that the importance of wellness-oriented medicine is that it takes a holistic approach to the patient, which requires a partnership between patient and physician and honors the body's inate ability to heal.
We know that most disease is caused by poor lifestyle choices such as unhealthy eating, lack of exercise and smoking. When wellness is the goal, prevention becomes a high priority. Prevention is the ultimate cure for any condition. Educating patients and helping them to make healthy choices enhances their ability to prevent disease and maintain wellness.
"To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always." This anonymous quote has been true since it first appeared over 600 years ago, and will always be true as long as people have mortal bodies.
We strive to conquer disease, and I frequently see patients who have been cured of a disease that would easily have killed them just fifty years ago. But as we cure those illnesses, people live on to develop ones that we can't fix as easily. And in the end, death from disease is a certainty that cannot be kept at bay forever. Doctors and patients must keep this in mind when approaching serious illness.
Our ability to relieve suffering has improved greatly as well, even in just the last 10 years. In my practice of Palliative Medicine, though, I am often frustrated by medicine's ability to control suffering. Side effects can be limiting, and even the most potent drugs can't take away pain completely. Medicine can and will continue to make strides in improving comfort, and doctors should work hard to hear what troubles patients both physically and mentally.
Doctors and other health care workers can always give compassion to their patients and families. It should be a prime goal of medicine to promote the dignity of each patient and to stand by them through every trial.
In most hospitals here are standards of treatment (or protocols) for specific illnesses. These are the most researched and effective treatments for that illness. Doctors will often use these protocols that are already in place to decide which drug to use, but may change dosing due to the patients general health or other variables.
1 AnswerIt is important to know about drug side effects, so you can know what to look for when taking a new drug. When prescribed a new drug from the pharmacy please look at the most common side effects and be prepared that they may or may not happen to you. It is also important when taking a new drug to know your body and trust your instinct. There are more rare side effects or even allergies that can occur.
While this breakthrough technology shows promise, it must be proven safe and effective through tests overseen by the Food and Drug Administration before it can be made available on the commercial market.
Besides its safety, its cost is another consideration.
The microscale and electronic components are likely to be expensive, even though costs likely will decrease over time.
In the drug patch using inkjet technology, the flow of drugs is controlled in the same way as the flow of ink is controlled in an inkjet printer.
In the printer, the flow of ink is controlled through the printer head. In the medical patch, the follow of medicine into the body would be controlled through the tip of each microneedle.
And, just as color printers can employ more than one color of ink, drug delivery patches can be designed to store and deliver many different kinds of drugs simultaneously.
Many prescription drugs do an excellent job of treating the condition they're supposed to treat, but also can interfere with fetal development, which can cause birth defects. These medications are known as teratogenic drugs.
One of the most infamous teratogenic drugs of all time was Thalidomide, which was first synthesized in Germany during the 1950s. The drug was prescribed as anti-nausea pill and sleeping aid to thousands of pregnant women in nearly 50 countries.
The drug was not approved for use in the United States.
It was never proven safe for pregnant women and, between 1956 and 1962, nearly 10,000 women who took the drug gave birth to babies with a medical condition known as phocomelia. The children were born with missing or extremely short limbs, which caused them to be referred to as "flipper babies."
Thalidomide was taken off the market and practices for testing and approving drugs became more stringent.
Surviving victims of Thalidomide received compensation from the drug's manufacturer, Grunenthal, but are now seeking additional compensation from both Grunenthal and the German government.
The drug recently returned to the market, with strict controls, for the treatment of multiple myeloma, which is a kind of cancer and also for treatment of a particular type of leprosy lesion.
Another drug, Accutane which is used to treat severe acne, also can cause phocomelia. Because of this potential, who are taking the drug must commit to a strict regimen so that they will not become pregnant while they are taking Accutane. This regimen includes certifying that they will use two methods of birth control, as well as having an emergency backup. They also must have their blood drawn monthly to make sure they are not pregnant before receiving a prescription refill. They also agree not to donate blood to eliminate the potential for the drug to be passed on to other women.
While it has not been officially established that Lariam can lead to suicidal thoughts and paranoia, Roche Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the drug, warns about the potential for patients using the drug have suicidal thoughts. Its warning also includes that there have been rare reports of suicides.
In 2005, the Army stopped routinely distributing Lariam-which is used to treat and prevent malaria-to its troops overseas.
Another drug, Paxil (generic name paroxetine) is a antidepressant that is prescribed to treat conditions ranging from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder.
However, many patients taking Paxil have reported suicidal thoughts. In 2003, the federal Food and Drug Administration advised that Paxil should not be prescribed to children and adolescents for the treatment of depression because of this potential risk.
The FDA later expanded that advisory to include adults up to age 30.
Numerous lawsuits are pending that allege Paxil's role in suicides and suicide attempts, in addition to severe withdrawal symptoms that some patients have gone through.
Documents presented in one law reveal that GlaxoSmithKline, Paxil's maker, may have hidden data that demonstrates a link between the drug and increased thoughts of suicide.
Chantix can also lead to suicidal thoughts. In February 2008, the FDA issued a warning that Chantix could not only increase the possibility of suicidal thoughts, but also of actual suicide. The FDA reports that at least 40 suicides and 400 attempted suicides have been linked to Chantix.
The side effects of some drugs may prompt people to radically change their behavior. For instance, some patients taking Mirapex began noticing behavioral problems they had not experienced before. Some occasional drinkers became heavy drinkers. People who had never been interested in gambling began finding themselves in casinos several times a week, or sitting in front of the computer for hours at a time visiting gambling Web sites.
Others turned into shopaholics, going thousands of dollars into debt because they could not control their spending, while some became hypersexual or began binging on food.
In other words, in some patients, Mirapex can lead to compulsive behaviors.
The drug works by increasing the production of dopamine in the brain to help the basal ganglia regulate body movement.
Parkinson's disease generally is diagnosed in people age 50 or older-and these people naturally have lower dopamine levels. But Mirapex also binds to some of the dopamine receptors in the brain that involve behavior, as well as reward and moods.
In 2005, Mirapex began issuing warnings about these potential side effects. However, some claim these warnings are too little and too late, and several lawsuits have been filed. A man claiming that Mirapex caused his gambling addiction won an $8.2 million lawsuit in August 2008 against the drug's makers, Pfizer and Boehringer Ingelheim.