Medication myths are common, even among the learned. This affects the way people use medications and of course, their efficacy. Following these myths may even result in the development of further health challenges.
Some common medication myths include –
- Injections are more effective than oral medications.
This is a common myth among Nigerians. It is so prevalent that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) has had to wade in and declare that tablets and capsules are as potent as injections.
Both injections and tablets are effective. The important thing is taking the right drug in the right dosage. When in doubt, consult your pharmacist to educate you on drug use.
2. I do not need to continue taking my medications since I already feel stronger.
The fact that you do not like taking medications does not mean you should abuse them. If your doctor prescribes certain medications for your ailment, you must take the full dosage. Even though you may no longer experience the symptoms, this does not mean the illness is completely gone. To avoid a relapse, please ensure you follow your doctor’s prescription to the letter.
3. Antibiotics are the solution!
For many people, every ailment’s solution can be found in antibiotics. Stomach upset? take antibiotics, painful menstruation? antibiotics, constant headache? antibiotics to the rescue.
Not only is that a form of drug abuse, but you are also putting your life at risk. When the need for antibiotics finally arises, your body may have become antibiotic-resistant. This will interfere with the efficacy of the antibiotics and hinder recovery.
4. Alcohol cannot interfere with medications
The fact is that alcohol interferes with certain medications and reduces their efficacy. It can also interact with these medications to cause certain complications in your body.
Alcohol may also intensify the side effects of certain medications.
5. Spicy foods, alcohol, and stress cause ulcer
This used to be the belief, but recent researches have shown that the bacterium, Helicobacter pylori is responsible for the development of ulcers. Lifestyle choices and spicy foods can only aggravate your ulcer but they are not the cause.
This article does not exhaust the list of common health and medication-related myths. Before you take any medication that was not prescribed by a medical professional, please consult your pharmacist.
Do you know any more health and medication myths? Add yours in the comment section.