Beware of bogus doctors giving high doses of drugs – The New Indian Express

Express press service

BENGALURU: Doctors have raised concerns over the over-prescription of high-dose drugs for minor ailments, after health officials noticed cases in some rural areas of Kolar. The Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare Services, Dr Randeep, informed health officials in Kolar that there were reports that some ‘bogus doctors’ in rural and border areas of the district were prescribing doses high levels of medicine even for minor ailments, which was growing in popularity. Calling it a health hazard, Randeep ordered health officials to take immediate action against these doctors under Karnataka’s Private Medical Institutions Act and submit follow-up reports to the department.

Doctors in Bengaluru have raised concerns over similar cases in the city and its prevalence in other parts of the state as well. Dr. Sylvia Karpagam, a physician and public health researcher, said she had treated many patients who had symptoms of overdose or who had been prescribed steroids for an extended period.
Sharing a recent incident, she said a patient was diagnosed with ‘cushion syndrome’ while being treated by a doctor who put her on excessive steroids for 4-5 years.

The patient had swelling, redness and bumps on the skin. Karpagam said doctors often overdo it with steroids and Ayush doctors are not advised to prescribe allopathic drugs because the two are completely different and six months training is not enough.

Regarding the use of steroids, Dr. Karpagam explained that they are emergency drugs and they give immediate results, and their prolonged use is not recommended. Even for Covid-infected patients, those diagnosed with black fungus were on steroids.

Doctors have said that high use of overdose drugs can cause long-term bleeding in the skin, increased sugar levels, abnormal fat deposits, weakened bones, high risk of fractures, especially in women, and advised against their use unless necessary.

BENGALURU: Doctors have raised concerns over the over-prescription of high-dose drugs for minor ailments, after health officials noticed cases in some rural areas of Kolar. The Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare Services, Dr Randeep, informed health officials in Kolar that there were reports that some ‘bogus doctors’ in rural and border areas of the district were prescribing doses high levels of medicine even for minor ailments, which was growing in popularity. Calling it a health hazard, Randeep ordered health officials to take immediate action against these doctors under Karnataka’s Private Medical Institutions Act and submit follow-up reports to the department. Doctors in Bengaluru have raised concerns over similar cases in the city and its prevalence in other parts of the state as well. Dr. Sylvia Karpagam, a physician and public health researcher, said she had treated many patients who had symptoms of overdose or who had been prescribed steroids for an extended period. Sharing a recent incident, she said a patient was diagnosed with ‘cushion syndrome’ while being treated by a doctor who put her on excessive steroids for 4-5 years. The patient had swelling, redness and bumps on the skin. Karpagam said doctors often overdo it with steroids and Ayush doctors are not advised to prescribe allopathic drugs because the two are completely different and six months training is not enough. Regarding the use of steroids, Dr. Karpagam explained that they are emergency drugs and they give immediate results, and their prolonged use is not recommended. Even for Covid-infected patients, those diagnosed with black fungus were on steroids. Doctors have said that high use of overdose drugs can cause long-term bleeding in the skin, increased sugar levels, abnormal fat deposits, weakened bones, high risk of fractures, especially in women, and advised against their use unless necessary.

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