Dr. John T. Given of Allergy Respiratory & Sleep Medicine understands that what is and what should be don’t always match up. For example, every physician should aspire to something greater than “standard” care, but that’s not always the case. Fortunately, it is for Dr. Given. It is the goal of Allergy Respiratory & Sleep Medicine to provide relief to each and every patient. This goal cannot always be accomplished by convention, and it may well be the willingness of Dr. Given and his staff to explore alternatives with asthma medication management and personalized medical care that gives them such a high success rate with their patients from Canton, Ohio; Massillon, Ohio; and throughout Stark County, Ohio.
When it comes to medication, whether it’s antibiotics or nebulizer treatments, there are “standard” dosages. These standards are based on the average patient under average conditions. And, while they have evolved over time, it is by no means an exact science. How does one define that average patient? What, precisely, are the average conditions? Dr. Given refers to it as “dosing by consensus.”
Ideally, every medication would be thoroughly tested in a controlled environment. Rigorous, double-blind testing with placebo and a variety of subjects to determine what factors impact efficacy would be perfect. However, that’s simply not going to happen. Why not? Primarily due to the cost to the pharmaceutical companies. Of course, there’s always that trusty “average” to fall back on.
So, what does this mean for doctors and patients? At Allergy Respiratory & Sleep Medicine in Canton, it means listening. Dr. Given and his staff take the time to truly listen to each and every patient. They ask in depth questions so that they can determine the best form of asthma medication management and course of treatment for every individual. It also means that, as a patient, you need to listen, too. For example, if you stop taking a medication at the typically recommended time, do you relapse? If so, a slightly longer course of medication may be necessary for you. Do some medicines help with one symptom, but seem to make another worse? It may need to work in conjunction with something else or it may not be the right choice for you. If you become attuned to what your body is telling you so that you can share this information with the nurses and doctor, you’re taking an active role in the improvement of your health and helping the professionals of Allergy Respiratory & Sleep Medicine better assist you. Dr. Given may start by prescribing the recommended, average dose, but he recognizes that it may well need to be fine-tuned in order to work best for you. Just as he understands that the dosage that works for you is unlikely to be the dose that works for his next patient. Or the one after that. That is what personalized medical care means for you.
Dr. Given notes that one of the main things that sets the practice apart from others is that, “whatever is happening and whatever is prescribed, improvement should be noticeable within 24 to 48 hours, and some form of treatment should continue” until the patient is fully recovered. So, take a moment to listen… What’s your body telling you? If it’s suggesting that maybe your asthma medication management isn’t as good as it could be, and that you schedule an appointment with Allergy Respiratory & Sleep Medicine in Canton, Ohio so that you can begin receiving the personalized medical care that you deserve, then call 330.479.3333 today! Whether you’re just a short drive away in Massillon, Ohio or elsewhere in the greater Stark County, Ohio area, it’s worth the trip to Allergy Respiratory & Sleep Medicine. If you’re ready for higher standard of standard care, your healing starts here.