No, stupid and careless doctors know nothing about drugs. Any competent physician
, before prescribing anything, will a) ask the patient what medicine
s (and recreational drugs
even) they are currently taking and b) cross-check the medicine for contraindication
- like the nasty effects you get when mixing serotonin
suppressors and enhancers - serotonin syndrome
would not be fun. Doctor
s and dentist
s have a huge horking
book called Physicians Desktop Reference
or the PDR
. The PDR has in it almost every prescription drug in existence - structure, dosage, pictures, and its side effects. If they're competent, they'll check medications if they haven't memorized the relevant information already.
They also won't proscribe antibiotics for a cold, no matter how much a pushy patient asks for a placebo. And to be fair, the majority of antibiotic use in this country is not human patients - it's animals. Animal antibiotic use is almost a bigger problem than human.