Professor Peter Gotzsche is Director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen. He recently visited Australia and gave a series of lectures. According to research cited by him prescription drugs are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer. He believes that the main reasons for this are dishonesty in research and marketing of drugs, permissive drug regulation, over-medicalization, poly-pharmacy and a lack of understanding about the harms of drugs.
Listen to the interview with Professor Gotzsche here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/healthreport/some-prescription-drugs-may-be-of-no-benefit-or-even-harmful/6290944.
There are definitely times that medication is the right choice but with the truth about them being simply unknown, the decisions are difficult.
The best solution? Keep yourself healthy first to avoid any need for medication in the first place. Get adjusted, eat well, keep active.