Borrowed Medicine Risks

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Borrowing medications from friends or loved ones is an all-too-common practice, according to research. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses the problems with borrowed medication in the 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Everyone knows borrowing prescription medicines from family or friends isnt wise, yet the practice is common. But about one in four who take a borrowed prescription medicine will have a side effect.

In a study of almost 3,000 people, researchers discovered that 600 admitted to sharing medicines.

Of the one in five who admitted borrowing prescription medicines, more than half didnt get written information and one-third didnt get verbal warnings or instructions about the medicine.

As to why they borrowed, 75 percent of respondents said they did it to avoid having to visit a health care provider. But in the long run, one of three said they had to go to a health care provider anyway to resolve their health problem.

Before taking any borrowed medication, keep in mind that prescriptions are provided to specific people for a specific purpose at a specific dose over a specific course of treatment. If you mess with any of those things you are not being correctly treated for your condition.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.