react to medications differently than men. For decades, the medical profession
assumed that women were like 'small men'. We now know that women are not like
small men. Women are very different from men, especially when it comes to Medicine.
Some of the common ways men and women are different are listed below.
metabolize prescription drugs differently.
Certain medications like Erythromycin and Imitrex can disrupt a women's heart
rhythm and if used for a long term, cause heart problems. Some of the reasons
why women metabolize prescription drugs differently are: hormone levels, amount
of body fat, and slower digestive systems.
can reduce or boost the amount of medicine circulating in the blood system. This
can either increase or decrease the dosage needed.
have more body fat than men.
Drugs that collect in fatty tissue aren't metabolized as quickly so less drugs
digestive systems are slower than men.
Slow digestive systems can cause medicines like painkillers to slowly pass through
the digestive tract. This causes more medicine to be absorbed and less medicine is needed.
is more acute.
Scientific evidence suggests that women feel pain more intensely, more often and
throughout more of their body than men.
cancer and smoking are deadlier.
Women who smoke are one and a half times more likely than male smokers to develop
rates are higher.
Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from clinical depression.
have more trouble sleeping.
Women suffer from insomnia and feel tired during the day more often than men.
are at an increased risk of developing potentially fatal irregular heartbeats (also called arrhythmias) in response to taking
certain medications than men.