Diseases manifest differently in men and women
Shouldn’t the treatments vary too. The next time your doctor writes you a prescription, ask these three questions to make sure it’s tailored to your sex.
- Is the lowest dose? For the body size and the amount of water in the body, amount of time it takes and the body to digest food and how fast the body metabolizes a drug are all factors that can vary across gender lines and may influence how much medication you should take and how often.
- What are the side effects? Women tend to experience medication side effects more acutely and more frequently than men do. In face according to one report issued 8 of 10 drugs withdraw had greater adverse effects on women than on men during 1997 and 2001.
- Dose this drug affect women and men differently? Since scientists are still learning about the sex differences for individual medication. Your doctor may not have an immediate answer to this question if you respond “I don’t know” don’t be afraid to ask her to do more digging and get back to you.