Prescription drugs are not safe solely because of the fact that your doctor prescribes them – many of them have adverse side-effects such as short term nausea, headaches, chronic inflammatory myopathy and even heart disease.
However, this is hidden from the public. In order to give you a better understanding of the subject, here are six classes of prescribed drugs that you should be wary of:
- Proton pump inhibitors
PPIs are taken to reduce the symptoms of GERD, a condition caused by food and acid in the stomach leaking back into the esophagus. However, PPIs such as Nexium and Prevacid can block nutrient absorption and inhibit the production of stomach acid, causing numerous health problems. The FDA has warned the public on PPIs continuously. They can increase the risk of bacterial diarrhea, magnesium deficiency and bone fractures, and their long-term use is associated with increased risk of pneumonia and unhealthy weight gain.
Statins are top selling drugs for years now, and are praised by doctors as a miracle cure for hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart disease. However, popular statin drugs like Lipitor and Crestor increase the risk of diabetes, liver disease, brain damage, muscle atrophy and are fatal in some cases.
Statins cause extreme side-effects so the FDA expanded the warning about their use. According to dozens of studies, statins don’t work for prevention of heart attacks or stroke, meaning that they’re medically useless.
Antibiotics create long-term health problems almost without any benefits. They are overprescribed around the world for condition they do not treat, and their abuse in the medical system has actually made some infections untreatable.
Shane Ellison from The People’s Chemist says that Levaquin, Vancocin and Bactrim are the three most overprescribed and most dangerous antibiotics right now. He also mentions quinolones as dangerous, and notes that Cipro, Avelox and Floxin can cause permanent disabilities.
Antipsychotics are one of the deadliest drug classes, prescribed usually for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe major depression, as well as for mild mood disorder and anxiety. However, popular antipsychotics like Seroquel, Abilify, Risperdal and Zyprexa can increase your blood sugar, lipid and cholesterol levels, stimulating weight gain. The long-term neurological and brain damage from their constant use is even more scary. They increase the risk of metabolic syndrome including major health conditions like cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. They are so dangerous that a study in the British Medical Journal branded them more deadly than terrorism.
- Opioid pain relievers
The leading cause of death in the USA right now are pharmaceutical drugs. The top of the list is occupied by opioid based painkillers like the overprescribed Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, codeine and morphine. A study from the Brandels University in Massachusetts said that prescribed painkillers are responsible for more deaths than heroin and cocaine, and the CDC has declared an epidemic due to the elevated death count.
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
Popular antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Lexapro have not been getting the proper attention in regards to their dangerous side-effects, which include suicidal tendencies, sexual dysfunction, gastrointestinal bleeding and heart disease. SSRIs can even worse depression symptoms, resulting in violent behavior.