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Is drugs bad?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Depends!: Medications are neither inherently good nor bad. It's the (intent of) use that can make something "bad". Improper use, improper dose, improper frequency, improper route of administration can all make any "good" drug bad. Hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) used to lower blood pressure is a "bad" drug to lower cholesterol or cure strep throat b/c it does neither. Yet, it's a great drug for hypertension. Talk to your familydoc.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
See below.: Medications can help a person. However, use of recreational substances, abuse of prescription medications and using illegal drugs can be harmful.
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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Depends...: ...On what it's used for and what it's effect is. If it's an addictive drug, i.e. It leads to the compulsive use of the drug to the exclusion of fulfilling normal life roles, it is bad. Even therapeutic drugs (i.e. Drugs meant to help you) can have negative effects - depending on the type and severity of those effects in you as an individual, some of them can be bad for you. Hope this helps.
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Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Yes and no: if you are talking about illicit drugs then yes. If you are talking about properly prescribed and properly used drugs for particular conditions then no. Many people think that taking any drug is bad for them since they may be synthetic and carry bad side effects. This does of course happen but not as often when taken correctly.
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Last updated Jul 24, 2017
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