The apparently harmless pills prescribed by your physicians have emerged as the fourth leading cause of death in America. Pharmaceuticals have made its way into our lives in a way that was unimaginable before. Whether we like it or not, pharmaceuticals are causing life defects like never before, and grossly affecting the quality of life.
Whether it is an irritant cold, or a mere pain in the head, we rush to the doctor to find quick solutions, who are equally swift in prescribing drugs that will give rapid relief.
Studies have revealed that a lot of these drugs we buy and consume without a second thought could actually be extremely dangerous for our bodies. If facts are to be believed, prescription drugs kill an unwarranted number of people each year. What are these drugs that are becoming a menace to our society? It’s time that we identify these slow killers, often disguised as pain relievers, antibiotics, and antidepressants.
Think Cipro, Ciprofloxacin, Levaquin, Levofloxacin, Avelox, Moxifloxacin and other antibiotics that you are regularly prescribed. Here is a reality check: These drugs are so strong that they can be used as chemotherapy drugs. Research suggests that these drugs that get prescribed more than 20 million times per year can cause severe damage. These drugs destroy musculoskeletal tissue like tendons, cartilage, bone, and muscles, and leave the nervous system severely damaged. It can launch severe depression in a person. Bipolar tendencies and chronic fatigue are other common side-effects of these drugs.
Further, fluoroquinolones destroy and deplete mitochondria, which leads to transgenerational side-effects. Most people are unaware of the damage that they are subjecting their bodies to when taking fluoroquinolone-infused medicines, as this drug does not show immediate effect. It is only when enough mitochondrial damage is done do the side-effects of the drug start showing up.
This is a drug that has come under the radar more than once, but still remains widely used. Cortisone is primarily used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and various other allergies. Cortisone is useful in suppressing inflammation. But, it comes with a horde of side-effects. If your doctor prescribes to you an excess dose of Cortisone, you stand at a risk of diabetes, suppressed adrenal gland hormone production, and weakening of bones.
Cholesterol Lowering Drugs
Atromid, Lopid, and various other cholesterol lowering drugs may reduce the production of cholesterol in your liver, but constant use of these can lead to inflammation of the muscles. This results in weakening of the muscles. Weak muscles release proteins into the blood that accumulate in the kidneys. Constant muscle breakdown can ultimately lead to kidney failure.
Crestor is one such cholesterol controlling drug that can lead to abnormal bleeding and renal failure. Having high doses of Crestor – more than 40 mg a day – can lead to unalterable muscle breakdown and tissue damage, which may lead to kidney failure and, in extreme cases, even untimely death.
Calcium Channel Blockers
Calcium Channel Blockers are used to regulate high blood pressure. However, multiple studies have suggested that patients who take large amounts of calcium channel blockers had a much higher death rate than those patients who took diuretics or some other alternative medicine for regulating blood pressure. Palpitations, shortness of breath, acute chest pain, and heart failure are commonly experienced symptoms in people who take calcium channel blockers in heavy doses.
Accutane and Acne Cure Medication
Accutane is basically Isotretinoin in an oral, consumable form. While Accutane is banned now, there are still few acne medicines that contain this dangerous ingredient. The side-effects of acne cure drugs can range from mild hair loss, dry skin, and gastrointestinal disorders to things as severe as suicidal tendencies, induced abortion, and babies born with congenital defects.
Acne cure drugs must thus be administered with great caution. These drugs must be completely avoided during pregnancy, and cannot be taken in high dosages. A lot of these drugs now come with warnings and precautions on the package.
GranuFlo and NaturaLyte
We all have heard about the mounting lawsuits against GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. A large chunk of dialysis patients are still administered this drug. But that does not take away the massive side-effects and repercussions that they can generate, including heart attack, organ damage, cardiac arrest, coma, and death.
It has been recommended that dialysis machines must be properly calibrated so that excessive amounts of the drug do not enter the patient’s body, and the deadly side-effects can be mitigated.
Antidepressant drugs figure among the highest consumed drugs. These drugs are used to treat depressive disorders. Many of the antidepressant drugs are a part of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs. These are the drugs that can give rise to suicidal and violent tendencies in children and adolescents. They can also cause birth defects in unborn children if the mother consumes the drug during pregnancy.
Lexapro is another such anti-anxiety drug that has caused birth defects like pulmonary hypertension, limb defects, spine and cranial defects, and neural tube defects in unborn babies.
Because of these dangerous side-effects, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has instructed many antidepressant medicines to carry black-box warnings, which would state the potential birth defects.
Alternate Remedies to Drugs
We can only conclude by saying to avoid drugs at all costs. Our body can be kept naturally healthy and energetic. Cut down on alcohol; exercise moderately but regularly; and have a clean whole-food diet like oats, nuts, beans, milk, and grains. Practice yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques. At the most, take vitamin or nutritional supplements, but refrain from drugs unless absolutely necessary.
However, there are certain disorders and diseases that require external medication. Make sure that you double check before popping any pill, and ask your doctor multiple questions.
Sometimes, despite all the precautions, you face a life-altering side-effect due to the consumption of a drug, or its wrong administration. In such situations, it is best to consult a drug injury attorney. An acquaintance recently experienced palpitation and symptoms of epilepsy after consuming a particular antidepressant drug. He contacted a renowned Drug Injury Attorney in Daytona and won the lawsuit, receiving due compensation for all the medical expenses and bodily pain and emotional anguish that he had to encounter. Drug injuries and fatalities are becoming more common than ever. If you or your loved one experienced drug injury, it is pertinent that you take legal action against the responsible parties.
Article last time updated on 08.11.2016.