Take Medication Or Should You Not?

Take Medication Or Should You Not?

Take Medication Or Should You Not?

by Audrey Christie, MSN, RN, FxNAP, Holistic Wellness Practitioner Essential Healing Lake Dallas

As a practitioner that specializes in autoimmune conditions, I have the honor of investigating the root cause of hundreds of women’s chronic health issues every year. Many times, we can track it back to a root that may seem unrelated on the surface — commonly used medications.

Routinely using medications like Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, and even some long-term prescription medications like birth control pills have downstream consequences. Rather than list the large bodies of research for common medications and their consequences, I want to give you some actionable information.

You should know that medications can be important and lifesaving in acute situations, but we have to be realistic about the consequences of the use and overuse of these medications.

There are three critical questions a patient should ask whenever it is recommended that they take a prescription (or over-the-counter) medication for an ongoing issue:

Are there any other options before trying this medication?

What are the intended and unintended consequences of taking this medication?
(Hint: all medications have side effects, so don’t take “there’s not any” as an answer).

What is the plan to get off this medication?

Ultimately, you are responsible for your own human suit. And being an advocate for yourself is the best way to understand the risks, unintended complications, and even the alternatives for medications that you are prescribed.

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