Medication Symptoms

Written by Tara Peris
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For some severe forms of mental and physical illness, medication symptoms can be quite troublesome. The adverse effects of many common medications require doctors, patients, and family members to work collaboratively to develop a support system for the patient. It is only with this scaffolding in place that patients will be able to tolerate the medication symptoms that come with routine intake of medicines.

The treatment regimen for many mental and physical ailments can be very taxing. For example, patients with HIV infections can expect to take several pills repeatedly throughout the day, each with a different set of challenging side effects. Similarly, patients who are on anti-psychotic medications to treat the dementia associated with Alzheimer's can expect potentially debilitating side effects.

Helping Patients to Tolerate Medication Symptoms

Medication compliance rests at the heart of effective treatment. Although in some circumstances it is possible to prescribe additional medicines to ease common side effects, in many cases, patients must soldier on through their discomfort. In either case, it is important for doctors to work with patients and their families to develop viable treatment plans.

Most often, such plans include basic social support that can go a long way toward helping patients to tolerate difficult medication symptoms. In a loving, supportive atmosphere, patients are more likely to feel understood and are more compliant with difficult drug treatments. This, in turn, will improve their condition.

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