Adverse side effects of back, body and muscle pain from common prescription and over-the-counter drugs are becoming more and more prevalent. Medication induced myalgia and arthralgia are among the most commonly reported serious adverse drug reactions. Overall, musculoskeletal side effects range from temporarily disabling, as with muscle cramps, to long term.
It is important to understand how widespread this problem has become. Some of the most routine medications prescribed-such as those used to treat cholesterol, high blood pressure, acid reflux, diabetes, osteoporosis, inflammation, depression and even pain-can contribute to and/or cause negative musculoskeletal health conditions. One high profile example involves the class drugs known as serotonin reuptake inhibitors, which are all commonly prescribed to treat depression. Some of the musculoskeletal side effects associated with these drugs are:
- Back Pain
- Joint Pain
- Muscle Pain
Comedians love to lampoon the side effects portion of pharmaceutical commercials, but the risks are no joke. Can you imagine how many patients have given up on chiropractic care because it didn’t relieve symptoms that were actually amplified by prescription drug side effects? Now YOU can help identify this possible correlation and become a health care innovator by offering your patients a BalancingMeds™ Analysis. Knowledge is power.