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  1. Sushi
    You may trust your doctor, but it does not necessarily mean that every medication he prescribes is safe for you. The latest studies have shown that many of the popular prescription drugs have potentially serious side-effects, ranging from short-term nausea and headaches to chronic inflammatory myopathy and heart disease — and in some cases even worse.

    The world is not aware of this important information, and still believes in the myth that the benefits of FDA-approved drugs far outweigh any possible risks. To make things clear for you, in this article we have covered six classes of prescription drugs that are not quite health-friendly.

    Dangerous Prescription Drugs

    1. Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
    Millions of people in the US, and many more throughout the world take PPIs to alleviate the symptoms of gastroesophaegal reflux disease (GERD), a health condition characterized by food and acid in the stomach that leak back to the esophagus and cause damage. But, PPIs like Nexium (exomeprazole) and Prevacid (lansoprazole) block the nutrient absorption and inhibit the production of necessary stomach acid. This leads to many other health problems.

    FDA has issued a dozen warnings about the side-effects of PPIs, including an increased risk of bacterial diarrhea, magnesium deficiency, and bone fractures. Regular and long-term consumption of PPIS is associated with an increased risk of pneumonia and unhealthy weight gain.

    2. Statins
    Statins have been the top-selling class of drugs for the several past years. These drugs are hailed by the medicine as a “miraculous” cure for high cholesterol and heart diseases. However, statin drugs like Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) and Crestor (rosuvastatin calcium) actually increase the risk of diabetes, liver disease, brain damage, muscle atrophy, and even premature death.

    Statins have many side-effects, and some of them are so severe that the FDA recently issued official warnings associated with their use.

    In addition to this, many studies have confirmed that the consumption of statins for primary prevention does not bring that much good as expected, meaning that this drug class is medically useless for the millions of healthy people who are supposed to take the medications.

    3. Antibiotics
    These are the leading cause of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.” They do not provide much benefit, and their use can cause long-term health problems. Antibiotics are often prescribed for conditions that do not even respond to their properties, and the long-term abuse by the system has actually made infections more severe and untreatable.

    Shane Ellison, M.S., from The People’s Chemist, says that Levaquin (levofloxacin), Vancocin (vancomycin hydrochloride), and Bactrim (trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole) are the three most dangerous antibiotics currently prescribed.

    She also listed quinolones, considered as the most commonly prescribed type of antibiotics, and she noted that antibiotics like Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Avelox (moxifloxacin HCL), and Floxin (ofloxacin) may cause severe and permanent disability.

    4. Antipsychotics
    You may not consider these as dangerous, but antipsychotics are one of the deadliest drug classes. They are commonly prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and severe major depression, and also for many “off-label” conditions, including mild mood disorder and everyday anxiety.

    But researchers have shown that popular antipsychotics like Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate), Abilify (aripiprazole), Risperdal (risperidone), and Zyprexa (olanzapine) increase blood sugar levels, elevate lipid and cholesterol levels, and promote weight gain.

    You should be more concerned about the long-term neurological and brain damage caused by the regular consumption of antipsychotics. Here we would add the high risk of metabolic syndrome, including health condditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The problems goes that far, that the British Medical Journal (BMJ) declared antipsychotics to be more deadly than terrorism.

    5. Opioid Pain Relievers
    Today, drugs are officially declared to be the leading cause of death in the US. Opioid-based painkillers like Vicodin (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen), OxyContin (oxycodone HCI), Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen), codeine, and morphine are on the top of the list.

    The Brandeis University in Massachusetts conducted a study that showed how prescription painkillers today are responsible for causing more fatal overdosing than heroin and cocaine together. The US CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) says that there is an epidemic, regarding the terrifying number of prescription painkiller deaths.

    6. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
    People have used antidepressants like Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Paxil (paroxetine), and Lexapro (escitalopram) for so long, but these receive less attention than they actually deserve. Suicidal tendencies, sexual dysfunction, gastrointestinal bleeding, and heart disease are just some of the many side-effects of SSRIs.

    Even worse, in some cases SSRIs worsen the symptoms of depression, and certain individuals become violent. Watch the Health Ranger’s music video S.S.R.Lies, as it is a creative glimpse at the dangers of SSRIs.

    Taken from: http://recentmedicalnews.org/6-dangerous-prescription-drugs-you-should-think-twice-before-taking/

Comments

  1. Sushi
    Info about antipsychotics is really disturbing. I'm just wondering why benzodiazepines have not been listed. And I'm wondering too why higher risk of suicide in case of young adults using SSRI's has not been mentioned either.
  2. aemetha
    Couldn't agree more about antipsychotics. My ten years of quetiapine (500mg/day for bipolar) left me with obesity, diabetes and restless legs syndrome. While I was on them I was so sedated and empty I lost all my motivation to do anything. It didn't fix my life, it took it away in a very real sense.

    They are increasingly being prescribed off label. Doctors seem to love them, and why wouldn't they? They make mood problems seem to go away from their point of view. The reality for me at least was they don't fix mood issues, they simply instil a complete sense of emptiness that is after some time much worse than depression or mania. At least with depression you still care, with the antipsychotic emptiness nothing matters at all.

    There are situations where they might be the best treatment option, I'm not a doctor and I don't like to criticise any specific decisions made by a doctor, I would however encourage anyone who is being prescribed an antipsychotic to at least have a look at the wiki pages and see the massive lists of side effects, and to find out if there are alternative treatments. Antipsychotics should not be a first choice treatment if there are other less dangerous alternatives to try first.
  3. Hideyourlies
    This is very concerning to me, my mom takes crestor, my dad takes lansoprazole and my girlfriend is taking zyprexa, she started taking it a fee months ago and her personality hasnt changed hut she has been more tired and it stops her OCD, this is very concerning to me, should i be warning my family about these side effects?? Also i take antibiotics everytime that i get a sore throat even if im not posotive for strep, damn. This really upsets me.. Do you know if lansoprazole every now and than for acid reflux is safe rather than everyday? Because i take it about once a week to help when i get severe acid reflux. Im mostly worried about my girlfriend on zyprexa though, i didnt like the thought of it when she told me that she was prescribed it. Its a very strong medication and i dont think her OCD is that out of controll that she needs it.

    I also know first hand the dangers of opites being very addicted at one point myself, and overdosing twice. Meh guess the FDA has thwir shit all wrong this is dissiapointing
  4. aemetha
    Yes. Nobody should be taking any medication without being warned about the potential side effects.
  5. AKA_freckles
    Along with benzos I think Ambien (zolpidem) should be on there. That's one of the few drugs that I am super duper cautious with. It honestly scares me to take it. Even sober the amnesia is no joke.

    Oh and I totally agree with Aemetha about the APs and AAPs.
  6. WashedCNDL
    Things like this scare me, although when one digs into the side effects of any medication I imagine they're scary.

    My little sister is on a combination of an SSRI and a stimulant, Sertraline and Methylphenidate. She's very young and it makes me worry. I was on SSRIs for years when I was younger. On and off Methylphenidate. Can't say I turned out well, all things considered. Maybe the medication made it worse, maybe the meds made it better.

    I'm on a PPI. Side effects sound bad but compared to ulcers and stomach bleeding? I'm honestly not sure which is ultimately worse. That feels like the crux of medication that is often ignored or performed incorrectly, the balance of side effects versus condition it is meant to treat. When the FDA approves medication it is for specific conditions, balancing the harm of the medication against the benefit relative to the situation.

    It's why we accept and use chemotherapy despite the horrible side effects, the benefit of treating cancer is greater than losing all your hair, vomiting and so on. I think a lot of doctors don't keep this in mind, don't put the benefit of the medication right alongside the potential negative side effects.
    So much agreement

    When I think about it, the last few meds I've been prescribed, the psychiatrist didn't spend over much time really going over side effects with me. Although I was familiar with most of the things prescribed to me, my doctor didn't ask if I knew the side effects of the Ativan or Xanax he was giving me, potential CNS depression, amnesia.

    He didn't assess my knowledge or attempt to provide more information. Didn't tell me common interactions. Jeeze, I'd blame it as a big reason that I accidentally had a trip off 15mg of DXM this past weekend. Was not fun, felt anxious and paranoid, minor visuals that weren't fun, just kind of dark and weird. Luckily I had a friend with me who kept me grounded and helped me get through the trip. I did end up taking 1mg Ativan but a doctor should've told me what could've happened if I had just taken an over the counter cough medicine!

    Gods, when I told him about this in-session he actually had to google it. Is there anything more morally irresponsible than someone in a position of supposed authority and knowledge who has taken your health into their care to be giving you meds that they don't even know all the dangerous and common interactions and/or side effects for?!
  7. ladywolf2012
    The scariest part about all this to me is not that maybe the FDA doesn't have their shit together, but that the warnings to busy doctors may not be strong enough to make them pay any attention, and then pass the word on to their patients. I have great doctors (lucky me), but even they don't always have or make the time to run through side-effect lists with me until the damage is already done. My nurse practitioner prescribed 60 mg. of straight oxycodone to me for two years--while I was supplementing with a bunch more--and never once suggested that I would inevitably get addicted. (I guess she counted on me in this case to already know, which I did, lol.)

    When eventually my addiction got out of hand, i stumbled into her her office and said in a quivering voice, "I want OFF the narcotics," and she then moved heaven and earth to set up a very generous tapering schedule to get me off them over the course of months, and with no discomfort at all. But where was the early warning?

    What all of this proves to me again and again is that we MUST become our own medical watchdogs. I personally never take ANY new medication without researching it thoroughly before I start it. Often, by doing that, I will find some side-effect that I know I don't want to live with, and I will decline the medication. We have to take care of ourselves in this medical world, since it seems that no one professional is going to take responsibility for doing that for us. Perhaps they SHOULD, but they don't or can't.

    Patient, heal thyself!
  8. detoxin momma
    i couldn't agree more about the antipsychotics. i still have a refill for olanzapine/zyprexa sitting at the pharmacy i have no intentions on ever filling.

    i only took it for one month, and that was enough.one day,as i sat reading the side effects, feeling like an empty shell of a person, i couldn't help but cry. and wouldnt you know it, crying spells was a listed side effect.

    i was prescribed this in combination with depakote for bipolar. bipolar is also known to cause people to cry out of nowhere.
    so how does taking a drug that can cause crying spells, to treat a condition known to come with crying spells, make any damn sense?
    to me it doesn't. that refill will expire, no thank you.
  9. LadySue
    LadyWolf - Agree 110% about doing our own research on any potential medications. Of course, DF is one of my main go to sources ;) Ultimately, the decision to take any medication regardless of side effects will be risk versus reward. While I'm not exactly thrilled about the possible side effects with my depression medication, I know that I could not have continued on without it. It has definitely changed my world....for the better. But we absolutely have to educate ourselves.
  10. TazDevil
    Aemetha,
    I absolutely agree with you. That was my experience with aripiprazol and risperidone: total emotional numbness. I guess depressive feelings were "less worse", but positive emotions like pleasure and happiness were very basically absent. That is one of the reasons I have respect and feel for those with psychotic disorders or bipolar disorder because the treatments alone are awful. Not saying that certain people don't benefit from antipsychotics, but even newer generation ones are pretty nasty drugs. It's saddening for someone to have to choose between functionality and personality, happiness, etc
  11. prescriptionperil
    One must keep in mind that during drug trials, if a participant has a cold, the researchers much list that as a side effect.

    Considering how well placebo works in depression it irks me second generation antipsychotics are freely prescribed off label for the malady. God, topamax was one of the worst drugs EVER. Instant idiocy in a bottle. I never felt so dumbed down.
  12. Waiting For The Fall
    I have always felt that my health was, in the end, in my hands. The doctor has a partnership with me to help guide my decisions. There are times I went into the doctor's office with more knowledge about "what ailed me" and outright said, "Don't write the prescription for..."

    I recently had to take antibiotics for a flare-up in my lower intestines. By the time I got the surgeon's analysis, I had started taking an anti-inflammatory botanical (Pycnogenol) and the problem ceased. No operation.

    I am 72 years old and take no prescription medicine, nor do I intend to unless it is an immediate life-or-death situation. I have meticulously studied exactly what my body and mind need to remain healthy, and at this point, my "Breakfast Stack" of well-chosen supplements, along with a cup of coffee, allow me to live a life free of colds and sickness.

    It's true that a body does wear out, and I feel the pain of arthritis. There are some things, both genetically and culturally (wear and tear) we cannot avoid. But if there's a way to fight it off or prolong it with supplements and a good diet, then I will make the effort to do so.

    From my observation, doctors sometimes know little to nothing about drugs and how they really affect a person. I'm glad I said no to some of them, especially those listed in the news article above.
  13. Sushi
    OK, I've read the article once again, well, I didn't notice suicide tendencies are mentioned in case of SSRI's, but I watched a documentary concluding that such risk is noticeably higher in young persons, hence my remark.

    Yes, both benzodiazepines and Z-drugs (zolpidem, zopiclone, etc.) should have made the list, no doubt about it.

    I would also add paracetamol to it (acetominophen, APAP). Most people have no idea it's hepatotoxic in larger doses and in combination with alcohol in particular. It makes me shiver when I accidentally see a commercial "take apap, it's completely safe, it will not make you drowsy or less perceptive, you can drive car while on apap". Yep, all true, just no one even mentions a liver. Ever.

    I also like one of the comments above, the one about reading medicines' leaflets. Yes, reading about potential bad side-effects of any drug can cause an instant panic attack, lol.
  14. Hideyourlies
    Speaking of apap i have a alcoholic friend who takes 2 grams each morning for his hangovers and drinks half a liter of rum per night i warn him all the time but he just wont have it /: some people you just cant get to, but who am i to speak. I believe doctors should really go through the side effects with every patient before telling thwm to take it, so many people i know are innocently addicted because they were never warned and since their doctor prescribed it it is "ok" to take /: i
  15. Sushi
    Sadly but it looks like your friend took a fast track to liver cirrhosis. This is exactly what I was talking about above.
  16. RoboCodeine7610
    I don't agree with some of the things in this article. The vast majority, if not all commonly used prescription drugs have benefits that outweigh their adverse effects when used for their indicated applications. Off-label use is a different story.

    There's only one category of drugs where, in a lot of cases, the benefits are marginal at best and their adverse effects dangerous and unacceptable: Psychiatric drugs and those used to treat CNS disorders.

    Our understanding of cardiology, nephrology, endocrinology... is fairly advanced, and so are the available pharmacological treatments. What people don't seem to be able to wrap their head around is that this is far, far from the case when in comes to the brain. There's a huge gap between what we know about the body and what we know about the brain, and our current therapeutic approaches to psychiatric illnesses as well as neurological diseases in nothing short of barbaric.

    For exmample, for alzheimer's disease, basically the only tools we have are pesticide-like drugs known as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors like physostigmine and rivastigmine. All these do is globally increase acetylcholine levels by inhibiting it's breakdown, much like sarin gas, only reversibly (that is, the enzyme works normally after the drug has left the body). They do nothing to slow down the progress of the disease and actually have quite a small effect in improving cognition in affected individuals. Still, they're almost always prescribed since something is better than nothing.

    Electroconvulsive therapy is still used in treatment-resistant depression. After being given an anesthetic, an electrical current is run through the brain, producing strong seizure activity. It's great that it's still being used, since it's the only effective treatment for a lot of patients, but the fact that we have no clue how such a crude method even works is astounding.

    Robo
  17. Rodrick hill
    Has anyone been affected socially by getting any of these drugs. The ssri or the antipschotics? Since ive tried getting off my medications.the antidepressants, socialising has been a nightmare. As i go through longterm withdrawals with these tapeing off this med, my emotions spectrum has been fluctuating. And has effected my ability to socailaise, behave, control and etc. Friends have kindly pushed me away. People in general at best dont want me around and family is further apart. And talk about service at shops nowadays. Once peopele findnout that your getting off drugs even if its ssri..though they dont know that, theres a lot of backlash u get. Though this is my experience, whats urs?
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