Sunday, January 9, 2011

"I want the BEST medicine.. gimme the best one"

Often encounter patients telling me this. Let me give you an analogy:

You go to a restaurant and the waiter ask you what dish you want to order. "Just gimme the best one", you tell the waiter. Then the BEST signature dish came and you find that it has got your most-hated parsley on it, or something that you are allergic to.

So the moral of the story is... one that is best for one may not be the best for others. What is the best for you depends on what are your symptoms, what is your medical history, what medicines you are currently on and your preference on the dosage form (although in certain circumstances one dosage form may work more effectively than other).

Other concerns like how fast you ll recover depend largely on your body's immunity and how serious is the infection, not just on the medicine alone. To put it crudely, there's no such thing as a MIRACLE CURE. Pop one pill and you get well overnight - I wish I have a medicine like that too.

So... before you ask for the BEST please think through, answer a few questions and state your preference. There would not be so many types and brands of medicines out there in the market for nothing but I will surely try MY BEST to help in making the appropriate recommendations.

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