Medications and managing symptoms
HAVE you ever been in a position where you have a symptom; let’s say reflux, and you have taken a prescription medication for it, only to find that months later you come off it to find your reflux is still there?
Or have you been prescribed one medication only to find that months later you need another to treat the side effect of the previous medication?
Yes? Then this is where natural medicine can help.
As university trained naturopaths we explore why your body is reacting in a certain way, for example: why has your blood pressure suddenly spiked, why do you still have reflux etc.
Prescribed medication can be lifesaving and improve the quality of life in some clients.
However, some medications are often prescribed without an “end” time or without check-ups to see if they are working.
This is not an ideal prescription.
Some medications have side effects that result in nutritional deficiencies.
The most common we see in practice are Sulfasalazine (for bowel inflammation), Nexium, Zantac, Somac (for reflux), long term antibiotic use (for acne), antidepressants, Metformin (blood sugar control), antihistamines, blood pressure medications, antiinflammatory, cholesterol lowering medications, steroids, diuretics, laxatives ( Metamucil, Dulcolax, Senna and Coloxyl).
These nutritional deficiencies in many cases make the symptom or disease worse and can lead to the development of another symptom or disease.
If you would like help learning why your body is reacting the way it is, while learning how to manage your health then contact us today.
ACHIEVING BALANCE: Naturopaths advise keeping a close eye on your overall health while taking medication.
BY NATUROPATHS BELINDA MCPHERSON AND SOPHIE LORBACK (BHSCI. NATUROPATHY)