A new survey finds that some of us use prescription drugs more than others, but we’re still doing so in spite of the warnings from experts.
A survey of 1,000 adults found that those who had more than five prescriptions a month used prescription drugs less frequently than those with fewer than five.
But the survey didn’t ask about the extent to which people are using drugs in spite to those warnings.
In fact, the survey asked respondents whether they would take an anti-depressant if they knew the risk was higher.
More than half of the respondents said they would use an anti themed if they thought it would help, and nearly a third said they wouldn’t take an Anti-Depressant.
It’s not clear whether the survey question was being misread or simply asking the wrong questions.
But it is one of several studies that suggest that we’re more likely to use prescription medications in spite than because of warnings from doctors, who have a duty to warn their patients about the risks.
“If you have a drug that you think you should take but you’re going to take it anyway, that’s fine,” said Dr. Christopher Hsu, the lead author of the new study published in the journal PLoS Medicine.
“If the drug is safe, you should just take it.
But if the drug isn’t safe, don’t take it.”
The survey asked people to answer questions about whether they took an anti depressant if: they knew about the risk of the drug being toxic; they had a history of taking a drug or other drug with the drug and it was the first time they took it; they didn’t have a prescription and it wasn’t prescribed by their doctor; they used a prescription drug that was prescribed by someone other than their doctor or they had other health conditions that would make it more likely they would get a bad reaction to the drug.
The survey also asked respondents to rate how likely they thought they were to have a bad or mixed reaction to their medication if they didn.
Nearly half of those who answered “yes” to all the questions said they were more likely than others to use a prescription if they had an unfavorable experience with the medicine.
“I think that’s what the surveys are really telling us,” Hsu said.
“People are making decisions about how they’re going and they’re using their best judgment.
They’re just trying to make sure that they’re not using it and they know that the risk isn’t there.
They don’t want to be taking an anti medicine.”‘
Toxic’ pills are also often being prescribed in countries where prescription drug abuse is widespread, including the United States, the UK, Japan and China.
Hsu believes it’s important to recognize that there’s a difference between what doctors are telling their patients and what they are actually prescribing to their patients.
“We don’t think about it in terms of the safety or the efficacy of drugs,” he said.
“We’re really focusing on how much risk a drug is putting on us.”