Survey Shows Risks of Borrowed Medicine
One-Fourth of People Who Borrow Prescription Medicine Report Side Effects
Borrowing Prescription Medicines: What's in Demand? continued...
''This study simply reaffirms that people are sharing these medications and
aren't terribly worried about this, but should be," Goldsworthy tells
''They should consider this as a behavior that could cause problems," he
says, with harm ranging from incorrectly diagnosing yourself to developing
antibiotic resistance later.
provided to specific people for a specific purpose at a specific dose over a
specific course of treatment," he says." If you mess with any of those things
you are not being correctly treated for whatever your malady is, even if you
manage to diagnose yourself correctly."
The research puts some specific numbers to a problem that is widely known,
says Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health
Association, who is familiar with the new study and is a former practicing
''For me, the surprise was the high percent of people who report side
effects," he tells WebMD. "It's not surprising they are there, but 25% is a big
Of medication borrowers, Benjamin says: "I don't think they realize the risk
involved. People need to know the risk involved. You may not know the dose you
are getting. You don't know how old the medicine is."