Today, one can often observe a situation when visitors to pharmacies come and ask the pharmacist to help them choose a medicine. “Something cheaper, but effective,” buyers ask.
Of course, the pharmacy employs people who have received the appropriate education, but this does not mean that they are able to make a diagnosis by eye and prescribe treatment. But pharmacists are eager to advise customers based on emotional reporting of symptoms. It happens like this. The person suffers from severe abdominal pain, and he goes to the pharmacy for a pain reliever. Hearing his complaints, two pretty girls selling drugs instantly diagnose: “You have gastritis,” one says. “No, it’s pancreatic stuff,” says another. And they begin to actively convince him to buy one of the many drugs «for the stomach».
The most amazing thing is that none of the girls even hinted that before buying all these by no means cheap and not harmless medicines, it would be good to consult a specialist, pass the appropriate tests, etc. As a result, after suffering a couple of days (the purchased medicines are helped), the patient goes to a doctor who prescribes completely different drugs.
And how many people visiting pharmacies are satisfied with the advice of a pharmacist and actually self-medicate, experiencing all sorts of market novelties and wondering why drugs do not help? How can you ask a pharmacist for advice when it comes to child health? He sells you a drug, selling one that is beneficial to him.
In order not to repeat these mistakes and not to participate in the battles of pharmaceutical companies for the most gullible and paying client, it is necessary to follow simple rules that will help save both money and health.
- Do not heed the advice of friends and acquaintances regarding treatment. In the world
no people are exactly alike, so a remedy that has helped some of your friends perfectly may harm your health.
- If you feel unwell, do not hesitate to seek help from
to the doctor. Yes, it’s not very pleasant to sit in queues for hours and then run, taking tests and collecting the necessary certificates. But when it comes to health, it is better to play it safe than to start the disease. It is always easier to prevent a disease than to cure it.
- Talk to your doctor for more information on
drugs that he prescribed, including their side effects. If you are taking medications prescribed by other specialists, do not forget to tell your doctor about this, in order to avoid the consequences of incompatibility of various drugs.
- When you start taking a medication recommended by your doctor, make sure not to
whether it causes the side effects that are usually indicated in the instructions. If there are any, you should immediately contact your doctor to prescribe a drug that is more suitable for you.
- If a doctor suggests a non-drug treatment, do not
abandon it in favor of another «miracle» from pharmaceuticals, which, in your opinion, will cope with the disease faster and more efficiently. The novelty may be insufficiently tested.
- Do not blindly trust the recommendations of the pharmacy staff. In contrast
from doctors, they do not have enough information to make a correct diagnosis.
- Being honest with the doctor will allow him to prescribe
correct treatment and draw conclusions about the effectiveness of the prescribed drugs. Shyness and omissions will not allow the doctor to see the full picture of the disease, and, accordingly, the treatment may be ineffective.
The main goal of the broadcast commercials is to increase the demand for the offered product and sell it profitably. Advertising is silent about the specifics of the praised drugs, reducing the indications to primitive formulations: «from the head», «from the stomach.» In reality, anti-stomach remedies are not as universal as they claim from the TV screen, and often have strictly defined indications.