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 The Dangers of Common Drugs

For more harmful side effects and drug information on these and other medications, please visit http://www.adrugrecall.com, http://www.worstpills.org, and http://www.rxlist.com.  Quitting any drug suddenly can be dangerous.  It is important if stopping a medication, that you wean yourself off of it gradually.  Drugs can also be dangerous when combined with some herbal treatments, so if you must continue on a drug, please consult a drug/herb interaction chart   Drugs do not cure.  They only suppress the symptoms that your body needs to express, while they ignore the underlying cause that needs addressed.  Side effects of synthetic and chemical drugs, even if derived partly from nature, have been perverted, are not healthy or natural, and cause more harm than any perceived benefit of the medication. (See Death by Medicine)  There are safer natural options.

Actos side effects include but are not limited to:

  • Liver toxicity
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Aggravation of diabetes
  • Myalgia/swelling/edema
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • And many more

Ativan  Ativan side effects can be deadly.  More common Ativan side effects include dizziness, weak feelings, depression, headaches, and nausea.  Other side effects include insomnia, shaking, tremors, sweating, stomach and muscle cramps, vomiting, central nervous system depression, respiratory depression, and serious withdrawal problems.

Avandia   Avandia has been linked to pulmonary edema and congestive heart failure.  Side effects range from mild to life threatening.  Included on Avandia labeling are the warnings that Avandia side effects can be as serious as cardiac events, including failure, and hepatic risks.  Other potential side effects include:

  • Upper respiratory tract infection

  • Anemia

  • Edema

  • Heart failure

  • Headache

  • Back pain

  • Hyperglycemia

  • Fatigue

  • Sinusitis

  • Diarrhea

  • Hypoglycemia

Bextra  (RECALLED, but now has been allowed back on the market).  Potential side effects include:

  • Congestive heart failure

  • Bleeding stomach ulcers

  • Liver damage

  • Serious skin problems

  • Severe anaphylactic shock

  • Abdominal pain

  • Headache

  • Jaundice

  • Unusual bruising or bleeding

Celebrex    (RECALLED, but now has been allowed back on the market).Celebrex arthritis drug entered the U.S. marketed in January 1999 with record sales within the first 15 weeks. It did not take long for people to begin to question the "super aspirin" as reports linking Celebrex to death and serious side effects began to come in just three months on the market. Individuals looking for pain relief due to arthritis were suffering death, gastrointestinal hemorrhages, cardiovascular problems, strokes, kidney and liver damages, blood clots, and ulcers.  The most common adverse side effects are headache, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, diarrhea, nausea, flatulence and insomnia. Other side effects include fainting, kidney failure, heart failure, aggravation of hypertension, chest pain, ringing in the ears, deafness, stomach and intestinal ulcers, bleeding, blurred vision, anxiety, photosensitivity, weight gain, water retention, flu-like symptoms, drowsiness, and weakness.

Lexapro side effects include but are not limited to:

  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Tremor
  • Fatigue
  • Impotence
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Sinusitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight problems
  • Urinary problems

Lipitor side effects include but are not limited to:

  • Arthralgia/myalgia/joint and muscle pains
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headaches
  • Sinusitis
  • Chronic infections
  • Constipation
  • Flatulence
  • Chest pain
  • Photosensitivity
  • Insomnia
  • Amnesia
  • Dizziness
  • Paresthesia
  • Liver problems
  • Chest pain
  • Depression
  • Neuropathy
  • And many more

Lopressor side effects include but are not limited to:

  • Vertigo
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Headaches
  • Heart problems
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Nervous system problems
  • And many more

Lortab side effects include but are not limited to:

  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • nausea / vomiting
  • unusual fatigue or weakness
  • allergic reactions
  • anxiety and neurological problems
  • blood disorders
  • constipation
  • decreased mental and physical capability
  • difficulty urinating
  • fear
  • hearing loss
  • itching
  • mental clouding
  • mood changes
  • and many more

Neurontin. Side effects include but are not limited to:

  • Dizziness
  • Aggravation of kidney, liver, and heart diseases
  • Poor coordination
  • Tremor
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional and mood changes
  • Loss of memory
  • Vision problems
  • And many more

OxyContin/oxycodone is a highly addictive morphine-like drug.  Side effects can include:

  • Constipation
  • Confusion
  • Dry mouth
  • Altered mental state
  • Light headed
  • Physical addiction
  • Dependency
  • Death

Paxil    It has been estimated that as many as 50% to 75% of the people taking Paxil experience dependency/withdrawal syndrome.  The physical and psychological effects include the following:

“Electrical ‘zaps’ to the brain, dizziness, extreme nausea, crying spells, light headedness, vertigo, coordination problems, gait disturbances, sweating, vomiting, high fever, abdominal discomfort, flu symptoms, agitation, tremulousness, irritability, aggression, sleep disturbance, nightmares, tremor, confusion, memory and concentration difficulties, lethargy, malaise, weakness, and general fatigue.”

Provera     Provera is not progesterone (which is natural).  Possible side effects of Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Provera) from the Physician's Desk Reference (1995):

May cause sudden or partial loss of vision; may contribute to thrombophlebitis, pulmonary embolism and cerebral thrombosis; may cause fluid retention, epilepsy, migraine, asthma, cardiac and renal dysfunction, breakthrough bleeding or menstrual irregularities and depression; may decrease glucose tolerance (warning for diabetics); may increase thrombotic disorders associated with estrogens, may cause breast tenderness, urticaria, pruritus, edema, rashes, acne, alopecia, hirsutism, weight changes, cervical erosions, cholestatic jaundice, mental depression, pyrexia, nausea, insomnia or somnolence. When taken with estrogens, may cause rise in blood pressure, headaches, dizziness, nervousness, fatigue, changes in sex drive, loss of scalp hair, PMS-like symptoms, and urinary tract problems.

Risperdal    Risperdal increases the risk of stroke.  It works by interfering with the communication among nerves in the brain.  Side effects include:  

  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pain
  • Abnormal walk
  • Coughing
  • Nasal inflammation
  • Involuntary movements
  • Lack of coordination
  • Joint pain
  • Tremor
  • Lethargy and fatigue
  • Heavy menstruation
  • Impotence and sexual problems
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Dizziness
  • Weight gain
  • Respiratory infections

Ritalin side effects include but are not limited to:

  • drug addiction
  • nervousness and insomnia
  • dizziness
  • headaches
  • changes in heart rate and blood pressure (usually elevation of both, but occasionally depression)
  • abdominal pain
  • digestive problems
  • toxic psychosis
  • severe depression, especially upon withdrawal
  • tremors and muscle twitching
  • irregular heartbeat and respiration (may be profound and life threatening)
  • anxiety, restlessness
  • paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions
  • and many more  

Seroquel   In 2004, four medical societies named Seroquel as one of six anti-psychotic drugs that promote diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol.  Seroquel side effects can include neuroleptic malignant syndrome, fatal instances of heatstroke, cataracts, and tardive dyskinesia. Tardive dyskinesia is a lifelong condition with no known effective treatment that has been shown to occur among atypical antipsychotic users such as Seroquel. Only if identified in early stages can tardive dyskinesia sometimes be reversed. Especially older patients and women are at risk for suffering Seroquel side effects like tardive dyskinesia.  

Skelaxin    Serious side effects may include bloody urine, bloody or black stools, chills, cough, depression, difficult urination, difficulty breathing, eye irritations, fainting, fast breathing, fevers, hives, itching, muscle cramping, racing heartbeat, sore throat, sores in mouth, stuffy nose, swollen or tender glands, vomiting, and jaundice.  Less severe side effects may include blurred or double vision, clumsiness, dizziness, drowsiness, faintness, lightheadedness, abdominal cramps, comfusion, excitement or restlessness, flushing, headache, heartburn, hiccups, insomnia, irritability, irritable bowel, and weakness.  Skelaxin can cause false results in certain urine tests for sugar levels for diabetics.  Related/similar drugs have been known to cause convulsions.

Tiazac. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease, or diseases of the heart or blood vessels.  Side effects include but are not limited to:

  • Dizziness
  • Swelling of the legs or ankles/edema
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Arrhythmia
  • Depression
  • Nervousness
  • Personality change
  • Tremor
  • Congestive heart failure
  • And many more

Vioxx   (RECALLED, but now has been allowed back on the market).  Vioxx side effects are serious, life threatening conditions. Vioxx has been linked to instances of serious cardiovascular thromboembolic adverse events, such as heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, angina pectoris, peripheral vascular events, and sudden death.  Already on the market since 1999, more serious Vioxx side effects began to be reported in 2002. A March 2002 FDA report on Vioxx side effects indicated Vioxx might also be associated to nonbacterial meningitis.  Other more common Vioxx side effects include upset stomach, vomiting, constipation, dizziness, as well as other effects.

Zyprexa side effects include but are not limited to:

  • Weight gain
  • Headache
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Vision problems
  • Weakness
  • Heart palpitations

      

 
 

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