Since 1999, overdose deaths from prescription drugs have quadrupled. Though modern pharmaceuticals have made an enormous step towards medical innovation, many of their medicines have the potential to cause negative consequences to the body if used and misused. That’s why it is very important for everybody to be knowledgeable about the drugs they use because of healing us, they might be killing us unknowingly.
Here are the top 10 commonly used drugs that may cause danger to your health:
Prednisone or Cortisone – Prednisone has been widely used in treating diarrhea while cortisone has been used as a remission but not as a cure for various collagen diseases. However, if these prescription drugs are used for a long period, they can have destroying effects on your body.
Long exposure to such can cause hypertension, fluid retention, muscular fatigue, potassium loss, peptic ulcers, intestinal bleedings, osteoporosis, thin fragile skin, poor wound healing, diabetic complications and will even result to the decline of the performance of our immune system. These are only the partial list of the negative results you can acquire from taking these extremely strong drugs.
Coumadin and Warfarin – Coumadin and warfarin are famous synthetic blood thinners that are prescribed by most doctors to those patients who are suffering from episodes of strokes and heart attacks.
But did you know that coumadin and warfarin are also known as terrible rat killers? A number of critical trials had been conducted and they arrived in a similar result— all the rats die after they ingested enough coumadin and warfarin— they bled to death. It is because these drugs weaken blood vessels and blood cells that will result in internal bleeding.
These drugs are not the solutions for strokes and heart attacks, they can even aggravate the pain and make the situations even worse. So next time you are handed with these drugs, think of those as poisons, not medicines.
Methotrexate – Most rheatologists and practioners chose to prescribe their patients with methotrexate along with prednisone even though the combination of such is proven deadly especially when used for a long time.
The combination of methotrexate and prednisone may cause fetal death and congenital anomalies, lung disease and bone marrow depression. Aside from that, the combination also reacts with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which can be very dangerous for this may result to intestinal bleeding, ulceration and depletion of the immune system.
It also works by hindering the absorption of folic acid and B vitamins. High homocysteine level which is the major risk for heart attacks can be easily corrected by folic acids. B vitamins are essential for the production of energy by extracting fuel from carbohydrates, proteins and fats and are also used as a treatment for various ailments.
Prozac – Prozac or generically known as fluoxetite kydroclozloride are used for many years for in combatting depression and is used by 12 million people worldwide.
Though prozac can have desirable effects but the bitter part is that they can be very addictive. This prescription drug can affect the mechanisms of the body whose function is to balance the levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain.
If there is an imbalance, that will surely lead to the changing of the person’s mood and agitation and will even make a person more anxious, more obsessive and more depressive. According to some revolutionary physicians, this drug is the most terrible among all the dangerous drugs.
Cholesterol Drugs – There are three types of cholesterol drugs and each of them has their ups and downs:
- Statin Drugs
- Drugs like Mecavor, Zocor, Provachol, and Lescol or generically known as Lovastatin, Sirnvastalin, Pravastatin and Frustatin can reduce the production of cholesterol which is a food thing but what makes it bad is that they can cause liver toxicity, gastrointestinal complaints, muscle inflammation, cataracts and other eye-related problems.
- Bile Acid Sequestering Agents
- The major function of drugs like Colestid (Colestipol hydrochloride) and Questran (Cholestyramine) is to absorb and excrete bile acids which can somehow lower the cholesterol level. However, these drugs will make you susceptible for constipation, nausea, bloating and more. Aside from those, they can also result to the reduction of the absorption of essential vitamins like vitamins A, D, E and K. Bleeding disorders, vision impairments and high triglyceride levels are only some of the undesirable effects you can get from prolonged exposure to such drugs.
- Atromid and Lipid
- Atromid (Clofibrale) and Lopid (Gemfibrozil) heightens HDL levels and declines triglyceride levels. But just like most medicines, they also have adverse effects which should not be overlooked. Based on a study made by the World Health Organization (WHO), the intake of atromid and lopid had increased the death rate from cancers and had increased the risks of having bladder impairments and pancreatitis by 44%, making these drugs not advisable especially for those who are very sensitive to synthetic drugs.
Diuretics – Diuretics are medicines which increases the secretion of urine and are used for people having kidney stones and diabetes.
If these drugs are consumed for long duration, they will result to the depletion of the absorption of vital nutrients like calcium, potassium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, chlorine, zinc and iodine. The loss of such minerals will lead to arterial ailments, strokes, irregular heart rhythm and will even lead to heart attack.
A certain clinical trial they call as Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial (MRMIT) was conducted in 1985 and it arrived at a conclusion that people taking diuretics have less blood pressure but have higher death rate compared to people who do not take such drugs. It only goes to show that even though they can lower the blood pressure but still they are very dangerous to everyone’s health.
Proscar – Every year, prostate cancer kills 40, 000 men and the number is constantly rising year after year. To make an aid to that terrible cancer, pharmaceutical companies made Proscar or generically known as Finasteride.
The pharmaceutical company Merck once made an experiment by selling Proscar to National Cancer Institute in USA to test if this drug is really effective in treating benign prostatic hypertrophy and cancers. But a shocking result blew the minds of the medical scholars and practitioners.
Women were told not to even handle this drug and are also told not to have intercourse with men taking Proscar because the exposure of their semen may end to urogenital defects. In addition to that, men who are taking Proscar developed undesirable adverse effects to their bodies and some developed allergies.
Diabetes Drugs – The oral drugs prescribed to the patients having Type 2 Diabetes or non-insulin dependent diabetes specifically Micronase, Glucotrol, and Tolinase are shown to be not necessary in alleviating the metabolic disorder.
Why? It is because the intake of the drugs mentioned above for a long period of time can result in hypoglycemia, headaches, gastrointestinal illnesses, fatigue, liver damage and may cause the metabolic disorder to aggravate.
Various clinical trials have been made regarding to the use of these drugs and they all found out that people who are exposed to them have increased risk of death due to heart attack and blood vessel diseases. For your safety, immediately ask your doctor if these drugs are really necessary and look for natural regimens.
Arthritis Drugs – 1 out of 7 people nowadays are being inflicted with this chronic disease called arthritis. Imagine how prevalent that ancient disease is that’s why we will not be surprised of the fact that arthritis drugs are among of the most in-demand drugs in the market.
Moreover, most of the physicians in our time suggests the use of strong prescription drugs because they believe that these are the only way in treating arthritis despite the fact that 6,000 people per year die from the adverse effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Yes, NSAIDs can alleviate and take care of the pain but these cannot solve the underlying problem. These can even can make the situation worse.
Instead of having only arthritis, you can have gastrointestinal upsets, bleeding, water and mineral retention, kidney impairment and liver damage as additional bonuses for taking NSAIDs in long duration. And the worst part is, NSAIDs can cause destruction to the cartilage linings in the bones. Many scientific studies across continents have concluded that people who take these drugs are more prone to hip fractures compared to those who do not.
Colds and Flu Medications – Fever, headache, fatigue, runny nose, sore throat, and cough— these are the irritable symptoms that you are really having colds and flu.
Colds and flu are either caused by bacterial or viral infection and these can be passed easily from one person to another. But despite various promising ads in the television offering instant relief from colds and flu, most of those medications like antihistamines, aspirin, ibuprofen, decongestant, and acetaminophen provide little cure and can even make the conditions worse.
Why? Though antihistamines can help in treating allergies, hay fever, and common colds, they can make you drowsy and will make you prone to accidents. On the other hand, the painkillers like aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen can be counterproductive to your health instead of being productive.
In a double-blind study conducted by Graham N. Burell and his associates, it showed that aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen reduce the immune system’s response to the bacteria and viruses at a time when it is needed the most and can also increase the length of time of infection and respiratory discomfort. These drugs can really put a person into a greater epidemiological hazard.