Hypertension is a medical problem affecting millions of people in America and worldwide. It affects the eyes, kidneys, blood vessels, and many other organs in the human body. In our office, the goal is to control blood pressure and improve patient wellbeing.
The idea is to use the least amount of medications possible and implement sustainable lifestyle-changing habits. Sometimes it is achieved with healthy weight loss and changing daily micro habits. Our state-of-the-art lab helps diagnose multiple endocrine abnormalities and vitamin deficiencies, contributing to weight gain, apathy, and low energy.
We also offer in our office a medically supervised weight loss program. Last week I was privileged to liberate the patient from 4 medications she was taking for years—cholesterol medication, diabetes medications, and blood pressure medication. The patient lost over 20 pounds on our medically supervised diet with weekly follow-up and adjustment is tapering off her medications.
Sometimes new patients are seeing many doctors, and they take 10 or 20 different medications. Some of them are appropriate, but some of them linger for years, never reviewed or questioned.
Nearly half the United States population uses a prescription medication each month. Over 11 percent use 5 or more prescription drugs. When is enough enough, and when is it too much? To answer these questions, it’s important to learn more about overmedication, prescription drug addiction, and your health.
When you’re overmedicated, you’re receiving more medications or greater amounts of one medication than you need for your health. Too much medication can simply be a waste of your money, but it can also cause serious health complications. Some potential consequences of overmedication include the following:
- Substance use disorders and addiction
- Other psychological health issues
- Dangerous drug interactions
- Greater risk of negative side effects and physical health complications
Protect yourself or your loved one by taking an in-depth look at what you’re taking, how much you’re taking, and why you’re taking it. Schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your options and make sure he or she is aware of just what it is you’re taking.
Polypharmacy can be very dangerous. If you want to learn more about our office, please call 941-613-1919 and make an appointment. I will be more than happy to see you. Dr. Tetyana Metyk.