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Why are doctors so fast to prescribe dangerous drugs for minor conditions?

Commented on September 17, 2013
Created September 17, 2013 at 1:37 AM

I find that doctors, at least in North America, are very quick to prescribe potentially dangerous drugs for minor conditions.

I can go to my family doctor and say I have the blues or feel anxious and instead of receiving information on relaxation and coping strategies I get a prescription for Effexor or Xanax. Drugs that can cause horrible withdrawals and dangerous side effects.

If someone has acne, they can get prescribed dangerous drugs like Accutane or long term antibiotics. Doctors will deny that diet has anything to do with acne.

It seems like that doctors and the health care system are more of a detriment to peoples health than an aid to proper long term health.

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on September 17, 2013
at 11:15 PM

yea ive also experienced incompetent professionals, specialists tend to be a bit better but its still a toss up in my experience. such a shame really.... especially considering how much education they are given/required to have.

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on September 17, 2013
at 07:48 PM

Most recently I've been trying to correct my indigestion and constipation and EVERY SINGLE DOCTOR says, with a kind smile, "Oh, you have IBS." and prescribes stool softeners and fiber supplements. If I'm lucky they talk about eating fruit, greens, and plenty of water, which is slightly better but still ineffective. They never really helped me in the least. Sorry to rant!

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I like to think that most doctors are honest-to-god trying to help people. They are just terribly misinformed. It's nothing new to me as I've gradually lost all confidence in doctors over the past 10 years or so. It occurred to me back in high school that I frequently diagnosed my own problems using the internet, went to the doctor to explain the condition, got quizzical looks and something standard, and sent on my way. Only to later go back and have them or another professional confirm my internet diagnosis. It's pretty sad.

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on September 17, 2013
at 07:18 PM

No money in healthy nutrition. More variables involve much more time with each patient so nobody from Universities to AMA to Doctors is about to change it. It really is up to the patient to educate and stop relying on others to keep them healthy. Use Doctors as an emergency provider of last resort and you will probably live longer and healthier. - jaded.

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on September 17, 2013
at 06:11 PM

also probably has something to do with, in even recent history the internet was not widely available. doctors arnt seeing people once a week they arnt really neighborhood doctors, they want to do a 15 minute consultation and get your out of the way unless you have a more serious illness or they can do some testing for more serious disease. if you want to give someone a surefire way to get rid of pain, a painkiller will be far more effective than giving them some anti-inflammatory diet advice that they will ask 1000 questions about and still not understand; granted in the long term that has a more morbid outlook for the patient, but its an 'easy solution' from the doctors standpoint. then you have all the stuff about big pharma pushing drugs on them, dirrect to customer advertising, people just wanting magic bullets, lack of studies/information, not having a culture of preventative care.

just playing the devils advocate, i usually tend to fall on the side of good people doing what they believe is best in the wrong way... as opposed to the 'its a conspiracy' 'omg they are the devil' 'they want to kill us and eat our babies'. even though im sure there is quite a bit of corruption in any field where your interest does not fall directly in line with the people you are treating/serving.

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on September 17, 2013
at 07:48 PM

Most recently I've been trying to correct my indigestion and constipation and EVERY SINGLE DOCTOR says, with a kind smile, "Oh, you have IBS." and prescribes stool softeners and fiber supplements. If I'm lucky they talk about eating fruit, greens, and plenty of water, which is slightly better but still ineffective. They never really helped me in the least. Sorry to rant!

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on September 17, 2013
at 07:47 PM

I like to think that most doctors are honest-to-god trying to help people. They are just terribly misinformed. It's nothing new to me as I've gradually lost all confidence in doctors over the past 10 years or so. It occurred to me back in high school that I frequently diagnosed my own problems using the internet, went to the doctor to explain the condition, got quizzical looks and something standard, and sent on my way. Only to later go back and have them or another professional confirm my internet diagnosis. It's pretty sad.

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on September 17, 2013
at 05:07 PM

Doctors receive no real training or education beyond memorizing ailments and treatments. The vast majority of those treatments are pharmaceutical or surgical. They do not learn about optimizing diet and lifestyle. Did you ever stop to think just how many fat, unhealthy, disease-ridden doctors are out there?

Some major pharmaceutical companies are also in bed with the educational system. I heard in a documentary and read somewhere online about how the company that makes lipitor (the cholesterol drug) helps finance medical education in exchange for a say in curriculum. It goes beyond that though, into politics and worse - corporate financed medical research. It's no surprise that when a drug company pays researchers to look into the effectiveness of a drug they make, the results are more likely to come out positive. Did you know that even though doctors already recommended keeping cholesterol dangerously low, the recommendation has recently gone even lower? (I have no source for this, but it's just something I heard/read so correct me if I'm wrong.)

I have high hopes that medical professionals graduating 20, or even as little as 6, years from today will have received a more well-rounded view of disease prevention and treatment, but Big Pharma has a lot more power than the schools and enlightened parents.

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on September 17, 2013
at 08:41 AM

It's not in North America only, it's exactly the same in Europe. The simple answer is "That's the way they were taught to do their job".

And I think they are also afraid that you might go to another doctor next time, if they just tell you "Well, eat and sleep better and you'll feel better." instead of "Here's a complex pharmaceutical molecule that will make your problem magically disappear".

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