They can be a bit scary. I don’t think we every really know exactly what a drug is going to do. Most drugs come with a list of known side effects as long as your arm, and those are just the KNOWN side effects. It is always better to avoid a chemical substance if you can, they really should be a very last resort if nothing else works. That said, that’s not really what’s going on in this country. You can’t watch TV without seeing a drug commercial every 10 minutes, another pill or vaccine that the pharmaceutical companies are trying to shove into you for profit. We are most definitely over-medicated. In the latest in the almost daily evidence that we only know the tip of the iceberg as to what drugs really do to us, we are now discovering that drugs taken for psychiatric reasons, blood pressure, heartburn and other conditions, can affect the survival of a dental implant either positively or negatively, depending on the drug. This time, what we are learning is that pills for heartburn may cause dental implants to fail, and drugs for high blood pressure may increase the survival of a dental implant. When the drugs were approved for human usage, nobody knew that! And we will be discovering new information for DECADES to come, even while patients are currently using the drugs. You cannot ever know what a chemical is going to do inside your body after you ingest it, and we are currently doing so with incomplete information. That is important to remember. And that goes for all pills, sprays, patches, vaccines and other injectables. Prescribers should never be overly confident that a chemical that they are prescribing patients is 100% safe, the possibility that new information may come to light that shatters that confidence should always be considered. And that’s really the take home message here. Doctors need to be humble with these things. Patient apprehension over taking drugs and vaccines should be taken seriously, and doctors need to understand that the patient’s concerns may ultimately be proven correct. In some far away galaxy, an advanced alien civilization may have pharmaceuticals completely mapped out, and know every little detail about what a drug does in it’s totality, but we humans most certainly are not at that level at this point. That may be a bitter pill for doctors to swallow, but when it comes to pharmaceuticals, it’d be wise to check the ego at the door.
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