Medicine is one of the most vital resources, we have, but it is also potentially very dangerous. After all, most drugs are just specific chemical compounds that have been shown to be effective at treating certain conditions, in certain ways. That does not mean that they always work or that there are not other effects, beyond just the intended ones. Because of this, it is very important that doctors have as much information as possible about the medications they are prescribing, before they prescribe them. That being said, even when a ton of research has been done, there are still new side effects, waiting to be discovered. The field of studying medications and their side effects is pharmacovigilance. Now patients can report information, regarding drug side effects, using MedWatcher, a pharmacovigilance app. This app has the potential to do a lot of good, in the way of preventing severe side effects, for patients, across the country.
Drug side effects can vary a lot. They range from the barely noticeable, to the life-threatening, but you need to be prepared for either. Whenever you have taken a new medication, you need to be prepared for side effects. Reading the common side effects, printed on the label, should give you some idea of what to expect. That being said, everyone is different. What may make one patient terribly ill could have nothing but a positive effect on another. Not only that, some of the side effects of various different medications may not have been discovered yet. That is why having an app for side effects is such a brilliant idea. After all, smartphones are something that most Americans have access to, which means it is a means of communication they are likely to use, at a moment’s notice. With the MedWatcher app, you can immediately submit your drug side effects, from your phone. Needless to say, if you are experiencing an emergency, you should call poison control and 9-11. However, with a minor side effect it is a great idea to report it to your MedWatcher app, as soon as you notice it. The more information they can gather, the more accurately doctors will be able to predict the effects of the drugs the prescribe.
In addition to regular prescription drugs, MedWatcher is also concerned with tracking the effects and functionality of vaccines and medical equipment. Vaccines are different from drugs, insofar as they are merely weakened or dead versions of a disease, which your body can develop antibodies for. Antibodies help to defend your body, but they can only be effective on viruses they have already identified. Needless to say, because of their nature, vaccines do have the potential to be dangerous. This is not to say that you should not get them, but you should certainly report any side effects that you do notice. Side effects tracking is such an important concept because nearly all medications and vaccines have some, usually fairly small, risk of complications. Nevertheless, more information is always helpful, when it comes to pharmacovigilance.