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Drug reactions hitting hard

A national survey on drug reactions in Americans has discovered that in 2001 4.3 million people sought medical advice due to side effects of medications, an increase from 2.7 million in 1995. The main problem causing medications are those directed against infectious diseases e.g. antibiotics, followed by hormonal treatments. Symptoms included rashes, abdominal cramping, nausea and vomiting, which particularly affected women in older age groups. Adverse drug reactions place an unnecessary strain on the health system, which should be avoidable through improved prescribing methods and patient education. With the advent of increased drug strength and polypharmacy, certain statistics of drug reactions are unavoidable.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Health Day

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About: Drug reactions hitting hard

Date: 30 June 2005

Source: Health Day

Author: Steven Reinberg


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