The Importance of Consulting your Pharmacist for all Drug Related Issues
Articles / 5 May, 2023
Dear patient, when you visit a pharmacy to get your drugs, always see your pharmacist as part of your decision maker. Do not ignore them nor be provoked by their recommendations. Always remember that drugs can safe or kill depending on how you decide to use them. Here is an encounter with a young woman that makes regular purchases of a laxative and was misusing them to with the hope that they will help her lose weight. In this case the pharmacist had several options, including not taking any action, not selling the laxative to the lady, not stocking those laxatives in the pharmacy or refering the young woman to another professional for help. Deciding which option is best might have been difficult but, it comes with the job. Woman: Hi Pharm , please give me a bottle of my Medicine. Pharmacist: You mean the laxative?, while smiling at the young lady. Woman: Yes. Pharmacist: Please may I have a quick chat with you about the drug?, Why are you always taking a laxative? Woman: I only use it to lose weight faster. Pharmacist: Oh i see, have you ever heard that laxatives can result in a temporary loss of water weight. It is not an effective method for long-term weight loss. Instead, it can lead to dangerous side effects like dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and possibly even dependence. Let me explain better, Laxatives help stimulate bowel movements. They are used as a remedy for constipation. Different laxatives help induce bowel movement in different ways. However, till date, there have been no studies supporting the idea that laxative use can lead to lasting weight loss. Instead, it will lead to dangerous side effects like dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and possibly, dependence. DEHYDRATION in the sense that many laxatives work by drawing water into the intestines from other tissues, resulting in a loss of water through the stool. If you’re not careful to replenish the water that is lost, it can lead to dehydration. Common symptoms of dehydration include headaches, reduced urine output, increased thirst, fatigue, dry skin and dizziness. Laxatives may also lead to the LOSS OF IMPORTANT ELECTROLYTES. This could create an electrolyte imbalance, one of the most dangerous side effects of laxative abuse. Common symptoms of electrolyte imbalance includes,thirst, headaches, heart palpitations, fatigue, weakness and muscle aches. In addition to causing dehydration, electrolyte imbalances and possible dependence, laxative use has been associated with a number of other dangerous side effects, including: Gastrointestinal damage, Liver damage, Kidney failure. Etc. Safer and more effective methods to cartier replica lose weight include eating more fruits and vegetables, frequent exercise, reduced food portion sizes, eating a high-protein breakfast and decreasing your intake of added sugar. 𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐏 𝐓𝐀𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐋𝐀𝐗𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐕𝐄 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐖𝐄𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓 𝐋𝐎𝐒𝐒. Always consult your pharmacist while buying your medications.
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