Bottom Line/Health interviewed Robert Steven Gold, a hospital pharmacist and affiliate instructor of clinical pharmacy at Purdue University in West Lafayette, India, who states that medication is given to patients to help them, not to harm them. This makes it hard to comprehend that the side effects and interactions from medications cause more deaths annually than homicides, car accidents and airplane crashes combined.

Irregular heartbeat, burning rash on upper body, unexplained bruises, stomach or esophagus ulcers, persistent muscle pain, and tremors may occur as a side effect due to many popular drugs.

In addition, there are ways to protect yourself:

  • Speaking to each of your physicians about all the medications you are taking would be the best thing to do in any case scenario.
  • Alert your prescribing doctor if you experience any side effects when starting a new drug.
  • In the event that you were to experience any side effects let your physician know so that he/she can find another medication that works best for you.
  • Also, using the same pharmacy would be best only because every medication you have taken is stored in the pharmacy’s system which identifies potentially dangerous drug interactions.

However, getting seen by a chiropractor can reduce the need for pain medication. This is a conservative approach that does not consist of any side effects. Many patients find natural relief through the balancing of the spine and nervous system. Chiropractic services are something everyone should consider.