Find Out About New Medications
While many of us rely on traditional, 'tried and tested' medications and formulations for good health, it's still important to keep abreast of the latest new medications. Your medicine cabinet should still hold the medications you know will provide relief when you need them, but it doesn't mean you can't upgrade to a more effective formulation.
Pharmaceutical research is a rapidly changing and growing field, with an enormous number of clinical trials being conducted at any given time – across many therapeutic areas. While many of us rely on our doctors to keep us posted regarding the newest drugs relevant to our health needs, there are still other important ways to find out about newly available drugs as well as ones currently being investigated.
Word-of-mouthThe interesting aspect of new medications is that many people simply never hear about these new drugs. While some medicines are advertised in print or on the television or radio, others tend to gain momentum through word-of-mouth.
You might hear about a new over-the-counter pain reliever from your mother and once you purchase the drug, you might then share the information with your friend. In this way, medications become somewhat of a trend, which could be the product of good marketing or simply that the drug works very effectively and consistently.
Advice from a DoctorIf you are taking medications through a doctor's prescription, particularly over the long-term for a chronic condition, your doctor will usually alert you to new medications that might be better for your health. However, doctors are not the impartial practitioners that one might expect.
They are influenced to some extent by pharmaceutical advertising that is used to specifically target doctors. As new drugs hit the market, pharmaceutical sales representatives will lecture to doctors about the benefits of the drugs, sometimes downplaying side effects and risks. In this sense, doing your own research is a good addition to your doctor's advice about new medications