We live in a world where there’s an easy, quick band-aid cure for everything. Our society has become extremely dependent on things that make life quite a breeze. The new generation will live not ever knowing the efforts attached to the old-school ways people used to operate: snail mails, longhand love letters, fixing a broken telephone as opposed to replacing it with a new one, and playgrounds where kids actually slip and slide as they get dirty on the ground. Everything is easier now.
Almost nobody bothers with writing and sending actual mails anymore because everyone is just a quick “send” button away. If something’s broken, we no longer get it fixed – we buy a new one to replace it. And just take a stroll at the park and you’ll see little to non-existent amount of kids playing in the playground. They’re all inside a mall, sitting on the steel bench next to the escalator, playing games on their smartphones and tablets. And you know what the most intriguing part is? Our health is no exception. We have a pill for everything these days.
Having a fever? There’s a pill for that.
Stressed out? There’s a pill for that.
Wanna lose weight? There’s a pill for that!
Wanna gain weight? There’s also a pill for that! Feeling depressed? Cheer up. There are pills for that.
From heart problems down to a piercing toothache, there literally is a pill that can somehow alleviate the pain and make our days more bearable. As human beings living in this crucial part of the 21st Century, we should all be thankful that the Pharmacy industry is growing and is progressing to serve us better and to aid the human race towards longer, healthier lives. But what we must understand is that every drug we take has a series of side effects and contraindications. This is the most basic logic behind pharmaceutical drugs that we must take into account. Take the generic Mefenamic Acid, for example. Of course, you would want to relieve that migraine, but you also need to be aware that mefenamic acid makes inflammatory intestinal diseases and active peptic ulcers worse. It is also not advisable to be taken by people who have hypersensitivity to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid); moreover, if taken as a long-term therapy, mefenamic acid actually multiplies gastrointestinal problems.
And that is just one example. Just imagine how many other medicines are out there and how many more side effects and possible complications each of those medicines brings to the table.
If you come to think of it, we are the lucky ones. We live in this age of convenience. We just need to keep on reminding ourselves of one of the golden rules in humanity: too much of anything is detrimental. So go ahead. Scroll away on your tablets and send those urgent emails already. But when it comes to the pill, a little caution wouldn’t hurt.