When, and why, did medicines begin to be called drugs? That used to be the term for illegal substances of abuse. Were I a little more paranoid I’d be suspicious. I’m old-fashioned and prefer to say medicines.
Almost every medicine has side effects – potential side effects. That means you may not get them. Water “has side effects”. When you read that the side effects of this medicine are X,Yand Z, you’d like to know what percentage of people actually get them, how serious they are, and if they are reversible.
If someone does get side effects, they can usually be managed by adjusting dosing and scheduling, or the medicine can be changed. A person should hardly ever need to put up with any significant side effects. Rarely are the benefits of a medicine so essential and the options so limited.
Some people are frightened about side effects, but if they try the medicine and do have side effects, they do have the option of immediately stopping it. In general, side effects, if any, will go away quickly.
Side effects are not a life sentence.
What is the best medicine for ADD ADHD?
There is no “best” medicine. Every person is unique and needs to find the medicine that works best for them. You might choose a medicine that worked for a relative, or has a lower percentage of side effects, or doesn’t have potential side effects that particularly concern you. And cost is a factor; only some of them are available in generic.
For example, Daytrana, Ritalin in a skin patch, has a lower frequency of side effects than the pills and gives you more control over the dose and timing. But it has a high incidence of skin irritation. This was a minor annoyance, but apparently my skin has gotten used to it. And I don’t get the mild side effects that I got from the pills. I take it off by 2:00 or I’ll have insomnia. It is expensive.
I am suspicious about how patients began to be called clients. I see patients.
Second Side Comment
Change of plan already. I wanted to get terminology and side effects done before getting into the medicines.
Coming up: executive dysfunction, opinions, stimulant medicines, medication or therapy?