When taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs, it
is important to keep yourself well informed about possible
side effects, interactions and the health benefits provided.
Drug reference guides are available for physicians and consumers
alike and can be found in a variety of formats. Drug reference
may also be helpful if you fear a child or loved one may
be using or dependent upon illegal drugs.
Drug reference information should be provided every time you fill a prescription
medication at a pharmacy. This pamphlet or insert provided should detail things
such as intended effects, possible side effects and drug interactions which may
occur if taken in conjunction with something else. This drug reference guide
is to provide the patient with sufficient knowledge to safely self administer
a medication under a physician’s guidance. Drug reference information has
also been compiled into book forms to serve as a reference tool and can be found
available for purchase in major bookstores or online. Used mostly by health care
professionals, this type of drug reference can be helpful if caring for an elderly
or sick individual who is dependent upon several different medications. There
are also drug reference information available online, but should be viewed with
caution and only on reputable sites. If gathering drug reference information
from the internet, it is wise to double check with a health care professional
to ensure the information’s accuracy.
There are also resources available which serve as drug reference for narcotics
or illegal drugs. This drug reference guide will detail the different types of
illegal drugs, the signs of being under the influence and the possible health
risks associated. This type of drug reference guide will help to identify if
a loved one is under the influence and the recourse available for treatment.
Drug reference guides are available for the average citizen to gain knowledge
and insight as to the many illegal and legal drugs which are available today.
Drug reference information should only be used in conjunction with the guidance
of a health care professional and is the first step to being proactive about
your medication and overall well being.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.