if you are sick, why does taking more of a medicine not cure it any faster?


I’m sure there’s some scientific answer but surely I’m not the only one that thought this when they were younger.

In: Biology

Think of it like a cup a certain amount of the medicine fills up the cup once its got the maximum amount in it adding more won’t fill the glass up anymore it will just go over the floor and be wasted.

Not only that but once you get past a certain dose it can become toxic and you overdose which could easily kill you,

How meficine makers work is a maximum dose age has a mortality rate of 50/50 so even an amount considered safe by your doctor still could kill you it’s why 1000s of Americans die from opioid overdose.

If you have cancer, do you think even more radiation will make it better and not just cause other problems?

Medicines for the common cold, for example, are just to cover up symptoms while you deal with it. You have to wait for your immune system to beat it (because it’s a virus).

It can cure it faster. There are medications that they will give you more of. For instance they might start you on a low dose of antibiotics and if it’s not working up the dose. However, at a certain point upping it, or any type of medication, will reach a dose that is potentially unsafe. Or, more exactly, unsafe compared to what the “sickness” will do.

The medication could end up interfering with vital functions such as causing you to stop breathing, go into cardiac arrest, cause you to clot or not clot enough, etc, etc, etc.

All medication is a game between what the disease is going to potentially do and what the medication will potentially do. If you’re really sick they’ll give you dosages that they’d never dream of giving someone who is only slightly ill.

If someone is drowning, and you throw them a life ring, that is good. It might even be good to throw a couple. But if you throw 10,000 life rings at them, you’re probably just going to kill them.