Don't Be Afraid to Take Medication
Patients very often come into my office afraid to take medication. Their fears are usually based on inaccurate information that they have
been given regarding medicines. You should understand that despite the fact that every medicine has its risks, when taken properly most medication will help rather than hurt you. For example, I had a patient who came to me many years ago. During the initial consultation, Stella told me that she usually had a few stiff drinks (three or four and sometimes more) each night and an assortment of wine and beer through the day. She smoked two packs of cigarettes a day and confessed that she often played around with recreational drugs, including marijuana and cocaine. Yet for all the abuse her body took, Stella was able to hold a job successfully as an executive at a major firm.
Stella came to see me because she felt sick all the time and had difficulty breathing. I quickly realized that she was suffering from a bad sinus infection. She had also created a large hole in her nose from her cocaine use. After diagnosing her chronic sinus problem, I told her that she needed to be put on antibiotics for at least 8 weeks, and that I would also start her on nasal and oral steroids. Stella’s response to this was simply: “But aren’t antibiotics and steroids dangerous?” I had to laugh: The medications I was prescribing would not harm her, unlike the drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes she didn’t seem to worry about using every day This example is extreme, but all of the medicines that I prescribe have been tested in clinical trials before they get U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.
Keep Your Treatment Goals Realistic
It’s important to set achievable treatment goals, and to remain patient during the healing process. The expectation that a single 10-day course of antibiotics will magically cure you is unrealistic, especially because your chronic sinusitis or rhinosinusitis may have been with you for several years. Therefore, it is important to follow your doctor’s specific recommendations to provide you with the chance for a complete recovery or at least maximum improvement.