WHAT DOES YOUR DOCTOR CONSIDER TO PRESCRIBE?
1. The doctor reviews and evaluates you carefully to have the evidence and be able to define your diagnosis.
- It specifies the therapeutic strategy and selects themost appropriate pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatmentto achieve its objective.
- Your doctor gives you the necessary information to understand the prescription hope: the indications for its administration, the warnings to take them safely and the way to acquire it.
- Later, it will monitor the results of the treatment, and will consider its interruption or continuity.
But what does the doctor take into account when prescribing one or the other medication?
- Characteristics of the patient: It takes into account your age and medical history, especially checking if you have suffered any liver or kidney dysfunction that may be aggravated by taking medication. Depending on its characteristics, your doctor will establish the recommended dose.
- Risk-benefit of the drug: Your doctor prescribes only when necessary and evaluates the consequences of the treatment, that is, the benefits versus the risks. As a general rule, the risks of adverse reactions caused by using the medication will always be minimized.
- Quality of the drug: The doctor seeks to prescribe drugs that are superior, that have an assured effectiveness, for which it evaluates its efficacy, safety and guarantee of success by examining qualities such as its purity or proven bioavailability – the ability of the drug to reach the tissue over which acts -. They also consider the laboratory’s support for the medication.
- Safety for the patient: The doctor does not prescribe something that he does not know, he only prescribes medicines within the limits of his competence and strictly attached to the evidences of the diagnosis. Therefore, it examines the interactions with other medicines and even with naturopathic substances (that several patients ingest) that may have adverse effects.
In addition, it will always be essential the level of information you give to your doctor so that he or she can correctly choose the medication, with a clear explanation of its use, checking the appropriate doses, clarifying the possible side effects, its effect on the lifestyle, and the recommendation for its administration.