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Tactical reasons for prescribing

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The tactical reasons for prescribing include:

  • buying time
    • an antacid for dyspepsia while awaiting gastroscopy

  • monitoring
    • seeing the patient for repeat Rx enables the success of hypertension treatment to be assessed

  • therapeutic trial
    • an inhaler for a possible case of asthma

  • nurturing the doctor-patient relationship
    • vitamins for a self-neglecting patient who rarely attends

  • doctor uncertainty - antibiotic plus antihistamine for an undiagnosable acute infective or allergic inflammation

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