The side effects of medications are probably one of the main barriers to successful treatment and compliance. Ideally, the risks and benefits of prescription medications should be weighed prior to exposure to the chemicals they contain – will they do enough good for the ailment while doing less, and acceptable, harm. This varies among patients, but some common threads may underlie these choices, such as whether a risk of malignant cancer is acceptable when treating a mild and/or non-lethal condition. Some prescription drugs do have known or assumed cancer risks, yet others have risks that were missed upon review for approval to sell them. Some with concerns are hormone replacement, eczema creams, rheumatoid arthritis injections, and cholesterol lowering drugs.
I have a PhD in Experimental Pathology and taught graduate school courses while completing my degree. I now edit scientific manuscripts, dissertations, literature reviews, and grants. I am also a freelance writer and blogger.