Medications for antidepressants cumulatively are the 3rd most prescribed drug category in America. Here’s the shocking news: Doctors Don’t Know Which Drug is Best for Your Condition.
Doctors get their information from 3 primary sources:
1. Drug Reps – These are professionals who represent the pharmaceutical giants to tell the doctors all about the new drug. They tell them what type of conditions the drug is used for, suggested dosages and even potential side effects.
2. Their Own Research – Doctors will research medications often times using the FDA mandated labeling on the drug to understand the drugs application. You can do similar research as well. Simply type in your search engine: “Drug Name + Product Label Information.” (without quotes). Sometimes doctors may consult with other doctors who have used this drug in their practice.
3. You – Yes, you are the primary source of knowing whether or not a particular drug will work. Your doctor will tell you to call the office if you have any of these (blank blank) symptoms. He/She truly doesn’t know how you will respond. It is an educated guess based on his/her knowledge and your symptoms. However, your reaction to the medication is simply unpredictable without further evaluation.
For example, let’s take the drug Cymbalta (duloxetine hydrochloride). It’s widely used for symptoms of depression, anxiety, diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia and more. You have likely seen advertisements on TV. In fact, have you ever listened closely to any TV commercials about medications? The listed side effects are generally responsible for over half of the commercial.
Cymbalta – What are the potential Adverse Drug Reactions (side effects)?
The list of side effects for this drug are really too numerous for this article. But here is a short list:
Hepatotoxicity (chemically driven liver damage)
Orthostatic Hypotension (dizziness when standing or sitting)
Serotonin Syndrome (shivering, diarrhea, muscle rigidity)
Urinary Hesitation and Retention
Some of these side effects can be life-threatening.
Bottom line: A doctor may have done the research and talked with professional pharmaceutical reps about a particular drug, and may even know the potential side effects or adverse drug reactions to a particular drug. What a doctor doesn’t know is What Will Your Side Effects Be?
Modern medicine is not leaving you or these doctors hanging out to dry. This particular problem has been and is currently being used in such places as:
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Duke Medical Center
Stanford University Medical Center
George Washington University
The test is known as pharmacogenomics. In simple terms it’s the study of how your body will metabolize (use) certain drugs based on your DNA. It takes the guess-work out of prescribing medications.