Prescription and over the counter drugs can be enormously beneficial. At the same time, medication-related health issues are widespread in our society. Some brands of medicine contain dangerous ingredients, and some induce frightening side effects. You might be interested in learning about medications doctors will not take themselves.
Obviously, that list will vary to some degree from doctor to doctor. Below, however, are several drugs that medical experts have issued warnings about.
Over the years, patients who have taken the pain medication Celebrex have experienced liver and kidney problems as well as stomach bleeding. Worse yet, the New England Journal of Medicine has reported that taking more than 200 milligrams of this drug per day greatly increases a person's risk of death due to a cardiovascular disorder.
Avandia is a treatment for diabetes. In 2007, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a chilling study about this medication that said that taking Avandia for a year or longer creates higher chances of cardiac failure.
Statins are drugs that bring down levels of bad cholesterol (LDL). But they can also cause impotence, pain, and depression. Instead of prescribing a statin, your doctor might want you to lower your cholesterol by exercising regularly and eating a leaner, more nutritious diet. In fact, statins seem to be advantageous only to men with heart disease. Women, on the other hand, appear to derive little good from these drugs even if they have been diagnosed with cardiac disease.
Physicians prescribe bisphosphonates for osteoporosis. This condition is caused when the body gets rid of old bone mass more rapidly than it generates new bone mass. As a result, the bones are weakened. Yes, a bisphosphonate will stop your bones from breaking down. But in doing so, it will get in the way of your body's natural cell replacement process. In time, your bone cells will be older than they should be, and your bones could then break more easily. What's more, bisphosphonates can induce nasty side effects including stomach pain, back pain, joint pain, vomiting, and nausea.
Visine drops soothe itching, burning, and dry eyes. They can clear up red eyes as well. When you apply this medication, it momentarily narrows your ocular blood vessels. But using Visine can actually make your eyes more susceptible to redness. On top of that, it does not address the root cause of your eye issues - an allergy, for instance. In a way, it is just masking the problem. In addition, Visine side effects can include headaches, blurred vision, and an irregular heartbeat. These conditions are more common with frequent usage. Moreover, in rare cases, people can have severe allergic reactions to Visine.
Hopefully this list can help you to initiate a conversation with your physician. He or she might recommend that you stay away from these and similar drugs altogether. Further, if you believe that you've been harmed by one of these medications, contact us if you would like us to investigate your potential claim.