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    On Drug Uses, (Adverse) Side Effects, Allergies...

    Despite receiving instructions from prescribing doctors on how to use the prescribed medications, the
    patients should still always be alert to watch for adverse side effects and allergies, because no doctor
    can predict what kinds of side effect or allergies from the prescribed medications may happen to few
    individuals.
    Generally speaking, the safety of the drugs in use has been reasonably studied  but never come to the
    most wished 100%.

    To help solve such unwanted confusion and get out of the siege of anxiety and fear from drug use, I have
    found the following two websites to be useful and ease to navigate*:

       1. www.drugs.com
       2. www.lifescript.com

       * Note: Dr. Lin owns no stocks of either sites.



    Dr. Lin's comments

    Reality on Drug Use, Side Effects, and Allergies
    Everyone wishes and likes to be perfectly safe while taking drugs.

    In reality, no doctors ever can predict precisely if the prescribed drugs will work and be safe without any
    side effects or allergy for their patients although they write prescriptions based on their best possible
    understanding of the drugs and clinical judgment.

    The thumb of rules is to use drugs as prescribed and instructed, and see with caution.

    If you feel anything new in general feeling or in unusual change in the sensation of skin or mucosa such
    itch and rash in skin, lips, mouth, throat, etc., you may just watch and see if these unusual changes are
    mild and tolerable.

    If intolerable, stop taking the suspect drugs entirely and report such changes to the prescribing doctors,  
    especially at the time having short of breath, fever, faint, fast big hive / rash; then go to emergency
    department (ED) immediately.

    Basic facets of allergy
    - Sources of allergy may not just come from interaction with the supposed active ingredients alone, but
    also from the inactive ingredients at times.

    To help understand life reality, welcome to peruse articles in Basics on Life Reality and Self-care in http:
    //www.formefirst.com/Basics-SelfImprovement.html.
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