Being informed can save you time and money.
Knowing the expected treatment and side effects of a medication can help you decide if you want to take it or not. If you are facing a life-threatening condition like cancer, you may be willing to accept the high risk of chemotherapy and radiation in the hopes of becoming cancer-free.
John learned the hard way. John has intolerance to anti-inflammatory medications often used to treat arthritis. Working with his physician, John was prescribed a drug that limited his arthritis pain without side effects – he thought.
However, the prescribed medication had a little-known side-effect that caused severe depression in less than 1 percent of the people that took the drug. After undergoing months of costly counseling and intervention, John traced his problem with depression back to the medication. When he stopped taking the medication, his depression lifted. Had he been aware of the obscure side effect, John could have saved months of financial and family hardship.