Dirk Gaines, MD
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My doctor prescribed me
medication but I feel fine.
Why do I need to take
Answer: Medications can impact our daily lives in many
ways. When a doctor prescribes a medication, it is with the
hope that the medicine will improve health of their patient,
prolonging their lifespan and improving their quality of life.
Despite this, many patients stop taking their medications
for a variety of reasons. This is often seen in chronic
conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. In conditions
such as these, patients often feel fine and do not
understand why they must continue to take a pill.
Superficially, this may seem like a logical conclusion.
Unfortunately, this has a huge negative impact on one’s life.
Take high blood pressure for example. A vast majority of
the time, people do not feel any symptoms with high blood
pressure. Some stop taking their medications as a result.
Overtime, these elevated blood pressures can cause
severe damage to the blood vessels in our body, leading to
heart attacks, strokes or kidney failure (this will be
discussed more in depth in a future article). There are many
other conditions where you may feel fine on the outside but
your body is slowly undergoing damage that can lead to
So why do people stop taking their medications? Side
effect are a common reason. Some may have a
misunderstanding of the purpose of their medications or
their illness and as a result, stop taking their medications.
For some, costs is an issue. Others may have distrust in
their doctor or the medical system in general. One’s culture
can also play a big part in whether they take medications or
not. Whatever the reason is , it is important to talk to your
doctor about any concerns you have regarding your
medications. If you are having side effects, tell your doctor.
Sometimes there are alternative medications hat have less
side effects and can treat your disease. If cost is an issue,
sometimes your doctor can find low-cost alternative
medications that can be effective. Complicated medical
regimens can also be an issue. Often times, your doctor
can find ways to simplify your medical regimen. Overall, it
is important the patient and the doctor come to a mutual
agreement in regards to medications. Remember that
ultimately, both parties have the same goal: to help improve
one’s quality of life and hopefully prolong one’s lifespan. If
you have any questions or concerns about your medications
or your disease, please contact your doctor so they can
address your worries.
Disclaimer: The content in this article is not intended to be a
substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or
treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or
other qualified health care provider with any questions you
may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard
professional medical advice or delay seeking medical
attention because of something you have read on this
publication. Reliance on information in this article is at your
own risk. Do not hesitate to call 911 in the event of a health
or psychiatric emergency.