Here are 5 tips to help you look at your Rx medicine use in a whole new way. According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug. An astounding 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.
According to the CDC, approximately three quarters of a million people a year are rushed to emergency rooms in the United States because of adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs.
In the United States today, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.
1. Learn The Facts About The Drugs You Are Taking
Just because a drug has an FDA approval and is prescribed by your doctor doesn’t make it any less dangerous. It is vital to know and understand what is in these drugs, how they adversely affect the body and mind, and the consequences of their use. To begin learning the truth about drugs, search online about their risks. The majority of Americans do not really know what drugs they are taking, nor are they aware of the dangers and consequences of them.
2. Ask About Stopping Your Rx Meds
While it is vital to listen to your doctor it is just as important to listen to yourself. Talk to your doctor about cutting back and even eventually stopping your prescription medicines. If your doctor is aware you are interested in living a drug free life he may be able to help. Read articles about what others have done to lessen or quit their prescription medicine use.
3. Share With Others Your Desire To Stop
Letting your family and friends know you want to to change the way you use Rx medicine may help you stay accountable. Ask for their help and understanding as you begin to explore a life without prescription medicine.
4. Explore New Ways To Treat Your Pain
While Rx medicine is often necessary it is important to add these 6 simple ideas into your everyday health. They are often referred to as six of the best doctors:
- Fresh Air
- Clean Water
Other options to manage your pain are yoga, meditation, acupuncture, or chiropractic. Even if you continue to take your prescription medicine consider adding these to your day for a healthier life.
5. Don’t Follow The Crowd
It is often said, “The crowd is always wrong.” Be a rebel and do what is best for you even if no one else is doing it.
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