Do you take any medications on a day-to-day basis? You always want to know what the effects of your medications are on your body, especially when they are taken over long periods of time. The first week of April is Medication Safety Week. Find out how you can be safe with medications and what natural options you have for pain-relief!
Countless people sustain injuries each year that leaves them with chronic pain. Millions more develop degenerative conditions such as arthritis that causes intense, sharp pain. Studies show that more than 76 million Americans have had chronic pain that has lasted for more than 24 hours. Too many reach for serious painkillers to stop their symptoms from happening. Painkillers such as narcotics and opioids can temporarily stop the pain, however, the risk for addiction is high.
Research shows that about 1 in 3 Americans are prescribed opioids each year for chronic pain. This is serious medicine that can cause addiction, severe constipation, nausea, vomiting and more. Many patients can become addicted with the first use. That is why America’s addiction to opioids is so concerning. This is just one of many types of medications people use on a daily basis. There are tens of thousands of different types of pills, tablets, prescriptions, injections and more that people can receive over-the-counter or from a medical professional. All medications come with their own risks and many with negative side-effects.
Many medications won’t hurt you, especially if you are specifically prescribed them for health issues. However, many patients take more than the prescribed amount of medication, take the medicine incorrectly or the medication doesn’t react well with their system. These can leave patients at serious risk for injury, addiction or other negative side effects. This is why practicing child and adult medication safety is so important.
Many children (and especially infants) are not always able to comprehend that medications can hurt them or cause death. It’s common for young infants and children to taste items they find on the ground or elsewhere in order to understand the item better. This can be disastrous when it comes to medications left within reach, dropped on the ground or left uncapped/open. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that about 60,000 children are sent to the emergency room each year due to medications they have gotten into and ingested. Some of those visits end in death, which is something no one wants.
The recommendations from the CDC and other major health organizations include:
Don’t take anything you don’t actually need and always follow dosage and instructions very closely. These measures can generally keep you safe, plus taking the same precautions for yourself as you would a child. If you find yourself taking medicine for low-grade problems you have each day, call for a consultation. Switch up your diet and make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamins and minerals for your body to work properly. With injuries, follow R.I.C.E. protocol and seek professional help for healing.
Stay away from addictive substances or products such as tobacco and alcohol that can cause you significant health problems. Know your family’s medical history and have medical checkups for physicals, eye exams, dental exams and more as recommended. Simply doing the basics can prevent many health conditions from forming. Following medication and prescription instructions can prevent misuse or negative side effects from happening.
Health problems can make it incredibly hard to make it through the day without medications. However, studies show that natural healing methods (such as rehabilitative therapy) can help patients just as much as medications, if not more. We provide patients with natural healing methods that can keep them away from addictive medications and other substances that bring minimal relief. Our natural therapies include options such as:
With so many natural therapies to choose from, there is some type of rehabilitative treatment that can help any patient. To find natural healing without the medications, see what we can offer you by calling Back2Health today at (843) 405-0025!