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How can I evaluate the pros and cons of drugs prescribed?

Given below are some questions to ask before taking the prescribed drug:

  • Will this drug address my primary health concern?
  • Will it cure the underlying problem or only alleviate the symptoms?
  • What are my chances of developing a condition if I take the drug (for prevention), or if I do not?
  • How significant is the drug's benefit?
  • What are the most worrisome risks? What is the worst thing that could happen from taking this drug? What are the chances of that happening? What will happen if I stop taking the drug?
  • How long has this drug been studied?

It is essential for all of us to evaluate any studies that physicians use to assure us that a drug is safe, and to advocate for increased and unbiased research.

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