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About 50% of patients do not take medicines correctly

About 50% of patients do not take medicines correctly

After being discharged from the hospital, cardiac patients make many mistakes regarding the administration of their medicines, even when they were well guided by the pharmacists, a new research indicates. Although none of the participants' deaths from the analysis were related to these errors, some volunteers were at risk for life. The study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and conducted at Vanderbilt University Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital in the United States. To this conclusion, the specialists followed 851 patients who had been hospitalized due to heart problems, such as heart failure or heart attack. The mean age of the group was 60 years. Of the total, about 50% made one or more errors with the administration of their medication within a month after discharge from the hospital, regardless of having received extra guidance. Most of the time, the errors involved drugs for the heart, pain, cholesterol, diabetes and anticoagulants. Errors in consumption of herbs, vitamins and supplements have also been identified. The main shortcomings were in relation to the amount of doses, the interruption of medications before the prescribed time, frequency and not following the entire medical prescription. The results should serve as a warning not only to patients, but also to hospitals and pharmacies . Previous studies had estimated that the error reached only 20% of patients. The new research shows that the margin of error is much higher. Therefore, the authors of the study reinforce the need to get rid of all doubts with the doctor, to seek more information about the medicines and to have the support of a friend or family member in the house to help administer the medicines correctly. Do you know how to administer your remedies correctly? Remedies help heal illnesses and alleviate the symptoms that knock you out for a whole week. But when the use is done indiscriminately, you may not have the desired effects and still get impaired health. Check out the main mistakes made by those who need to administer medications indicated by the immunologist Mauro Martins Teixeira, president of the Brazilian Society of Experimental Pharmacology and Therapeutics (SBFTE) and other specialists. Dose

The main mistake when choosing a remedy without professional help is to miss the dose. Without medical support the patient is also subject to medications that may not be ideal for his disease or for his organism.

2. Self-medication

The hazards of self-medication are usually in the package inserts and can lead to serious intoxication. In addition, the action may mask the actual disease if its symptoms are lessened by the drug, reducing the chance of an early diagnosis.

3. Supplementation

Food supplements should also be used with advice from a healthcare professional. Although they seem harmless, they can cause constipation, kidney damage, and even change in blood levels of protein.

4. Phytotherapics

Because they are of vegetable origin, herbal remedies end up being taken without any special care. However, regardless of the origin of the product (vegetable or synthetic), it may present side effects and may interact with the patient's other medicines, altering its effectiveness.

5. Anti-inflammatories

Even anti-inflammatories, such as aspirin, can generate side effects, depending on the dose used. The main losses of those who exaggerate are gastrointestinal problems, "blood thinning", kidney damage and increased blood pressure.


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