Meds. used for different things...why

By Turtle Latest Reply 2009-10-06 01:41:54 -0500
Started 2009-10-04 20:48:34 -0500

I have noticed on this site that there are a lot of people on meds that are usually used to treat something else. I am just wondering if this observation is valid or just a mis-perception? And why if it is true, are so many meds used for so many other things than what they were primarily used for?


12 replies

Waltznfool 2009-10-05 13:37:13 -0500 Report

Biomedical corps are always finding new ways to use the meds they've already developed (saves tons of $) because they're finding out new things about the human body & their reaction(s) to med used in new ways.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-10-05 10:33:17 -0500 Report

There are secondary and tertiary uses for many pharmaceuticals that have been approved by the FDA.

About 2 years ago I confessed to my internist about having a "sinus" headache that had lasted about 35-40 years. He sent me to a neurologist within the same clinic who diagnosed these headaches as Migraines, and prescribed Topamax. Preventing migraines is an an approved use of the drug but Topamax is more commonly used for siezure control and bipolar disease stabilization. When this drug proved, after 2 years, to not be very effective I again complained and was provided with a new prescription for Depakote. "That's for epilepsy," I said. I filled the Rx but as I had to titrate off the Topamax, I thoroughly explored Depakote and learned of its side effects which were mainly weight gain, tremors, hair loss, etc. But, during my period of weaning off the Topamax I had a severe headache. I began taking the Depakote (which is also approved for migraine control). The response was immediate and in most days I can face my triggers without experiencing a headache.

Judimar 2009-10-05 03:34:13 -0500 Report

It's not just your doctor you should talk with about the medications you're prescribed, talk with your pharmacist as well. The pharmacist should be knowledgeable about prescriptions and any interactions they may have with each other. Most pharmacies will have a pharmacist available for consultation perhaps.

SuzyAttendorn 2009-10-05 10:39:14 -0500 Report

I agree wholeheartedly about the pharmacist. I have a great one at Wal-Mart who frequently will update my med list with me. I have fibromyalgia and depression, along with high cholesterol and underactive thyroid. So, I am on many meds. I also see my primary care doctor as well as a psychopharmachologist. So, I have to keep an updated list at all times to be sure that I don't have adverse reactions. I think your pharmacist is as important as our doctors.

SkipT 2009-10-04 21:13:19 -0500 Report

Some drugs have crossover value. That is though they are initially prescribed for one condition or disease, they prove valuable in the treatment of something else.

Turtle 2009-10-04 23:51:49 -0500 Report

I know that but I think docs forget potential reactions when mixed with drugs not usually mixed with.

Jipwhip 2009-10-05 01:14:46 -0500 Report

Yes, this can happen. That is why it is very important to talk to your doctor about everything you take. Whether it is prescribed or over the counter you take. That way you can prevent any reactions from happening. Also is a good idea to talk to the pharmacyist too.

kdroberts 2009-10-05 11:08:54 -0500 Report

If you get all your meds from the same pharmacy it will flag any dangerous interactions. If you don't get all your meds from the same pharmacy then it's important to tell the pharmacy so they can have it linked to your profile and added into all the interaction checking they do.

SkipT 2009-10-05 17:16:43 -0500 Report

But some people also take supplements that would not be on the druggist file, and many supplements to react with certain medicines. Another reason you have to watch out yourself.