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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsMedicine · 2 months ago

does it make any sense medically to take an a medication in order to prevent an illness?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Drugs that lower blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugar, taken in the correct dosage, will probably extend your life, perhaps by a lot.  For example, Metformin is a fairly cheap drug that "reduces mortality from all causes" on a statistical basis.

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  • 2 months ago

    No...simple like that. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The answer could be yes or no.

    Yes. Preventative medications are extremely important for some, especially those who are immunocompromised, high risk or with underlying health problems. For example, patients with cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung condition that makes prone to fatal infection, life long prophylactic antibiotic is life saving. 

    No. If you’re a fit and healthy person, you shouldn’t be taking any medications that are intended to be taken to cure a disease. Yes, there are multiple medications that could help prevent condition such as HIV infection  but those are considered as prophylactic regimen. 

    In conclusion, to be sure if you need to take the medication, first you need to consult your family doctor and make sure you express your concern. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Your answers are good. It depends entirely on what drug and what the drug is being taken for. Some drugs whole purpose is to be preventative. Others are to cure or treat. Those drugs generally can not be taken as preventatives. Such as taking an antibiotic to prevent an infection has not been shown to work well if you have no reason to suspect an infection may happen. (taking it "just because")

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  • 2 months ago

    If it has been proven that the medication is effective at preventing the illness and you are likely to be exposed to the illness then I makes perfect sense to take the medication. 

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    People take things all the time to help prevent certain medical problems. Statin drugs are taken to reduce cholesterol and thereby prevent heart attacks. Certain vitamins are taken to prevent things like scurvy and rickets. 

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  • 2 months ago

    no because medications are generally designed to react not prevent unless you have a long term condition

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes, obviously.  Vaccines work.

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