The underestimated and undetected risks of prescription drugs
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Prescription Drug Risks:
Those who visit my sites very often have heard me crow about being proactive with your pharmacist and doctor, for your own good. Prescription drug safety is a necessary area of self-education, to avoid interactions and to fully understand your risks.
I’ve written a lot about off-label prescribing but there are also risks to taking commonly prescribed drugs just as directed and for the cause intended.
This information excerpted from the Health Matters Newsletter, courtesy of Good Health Supplements, Ira Marxe / Jim Utzinger, 2006, all rights reserved
From Jim and Ira…..I tell you this story as an introduction to a recent Consumer Reports investigation of prescription drugs. In this investigation, 12 relatively common prescription drugs were discovered that had significant health risks that were either underestimated when approved by the FDA or completely undetected when these drugs were approved. The risks sited include increased likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer or suicide.
Some of these drugs should have black box warning labels. They do not. Some are advertised making false claims leaving out potential risks. With its present day power, there is little the FDA can do about it.
You know we have always advised that you seek a nutritional solution to your problems before resorting to traditional drugs. There are many nutritional solutions out there if only people will look for alternatives instead of blindly accepting their doctors drugs as the only solution.
You need to seriously question the advisability of a drug solution and consider all of the side affects of the drug being prescribed. Dont only rely solely on your M.D. who may be drug-biased, or really doesnt know.
Ask your pharmacist. Research the Internet. Be thorough so that you can make an educated decision.
Let me remind you of what we have been saying for a long time, your body is the great healer .if given the right nutrients.
Drugs should be used only as a last resort, and some should never be used. Dont let drug company ads push you into becoming a prescription drug addict. Drug companies are only interested in the profits they can make by keeping you on their drugs for as long as possible. It is not in their best interest to cure you.
Here are the 12 prescription drugs that Consumers Reports found will put you at great risk if you take them. If you are taking any of these drugs, talk to your doctor about an alternative or go find another doctor.
Drug Risks the FDAs System Missed:
Celecoxib (Celebrex) Pain and Inflammation: Increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Rosuvastatin (Crestor, strongest of the statin drug group such as Lipitor, Zocor, etc.) Elevated cholesterol levels: Muscle breakdown and kidney failure, especially in Asian Americans.
Estrogen (Premarin, Prempro, and others) Menopausal symptoms and post menopausal osteoporosis: Increased risk of brëast cancer, heart disease, stroke, and blood clots.
Isotretinoin (Accutane) Severe nodular acne: Birth defects, depression, psychosis, and suicidal tendencies.
Malathion (Ovide) Head lice: Flammability of hair and neurotoxicity.
Medroxyprogesterone injections (Depo-Proveeral) Contraception: Irreversible bone loss.
Mefloquine (Lariam) Malaria prevention for travelers: Disorientation, severe anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, and depression.
Salmeterol (Serevent) Asthma: Increased asthma-related deaths; risk may be higher in African-Americans.
Sibutramine (Meridia) Weïght loss: Increased blood pressure and heart rate; heart-rhythm abnormalities, heart attack, cardiac arrest, memory problems.
SSRIs such as sertraline (Zoloft) venlafaxine (Effixor) Anxiety and depression: Increased suicidal tendencies initially or after dosage changes, particularly in children and teens but possibly in adults as well. All antidepressants may have similar risks, but current evidence appears stronger for SSRIs.
Tegaserod (Zelnorm) Irritable bowel syndrome with constipation: Potentially dangerous diarrhea and other intestinal problems.
Topical immunosupprressants primecrolimus (Elidel), tacrolimus (Protopic) Eczma: Increased cancer risk.