Have you ever really stopped to listen to what the drug commercials say? The manufacturers are sincerely hoping you haven’t.
They fill your TV screen with beautiful pictures of happy couples dancing, walking on beaches, making family dinners, and being healthy and active. They seem to have the life that (hopefully) you want. The words they are speaking though often are incongruent with the visual images.
Lets take a look at just a couple of these ads:
Chantix – Chantix is prescribed to help people stop smoking
While it may help you stop smoking – is this list better? Smoking seems far less dangerous!
Chantix may cause: Changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depression, suicidal thoughts or actions – even after stopping Chantix. Swelling of face, mouth, throat or a rash, nausea, trouble sleeping, vivid, unusual, violent dreams. I have seen this one misfire first hand and let me tell you, the personality change I saw was terrifying.
Lunesta – Lunesta is a prescription sleep aid
Lunesta may cause: Instances of walking, eating, driving while asleep without remembrance have been reported. Changes in behavior may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations, and confusion, worsening of depression including risk of suicide. Tongue or throat swelling occur rarely and may lead to death. Unpleasant taste, headache, dizziness and drowsiness may occur.
The commercial then ends by saying, “There is a land of restful sleep, we can help you go there” and shows a happy woman sitting up in bed, well rested. Yes you may awaken well rested…or of course you may have had a violent dream and choked on your swollen tongue in the middle of the night. Are you really willing to gamble?
Xarelto Rivaroxaban – A Warfarin alternative
Bob, our subject, is shown driving happily down a country road thrilled that he no longer has to deal with blood monitoring and loving Xarelto. All is well in his world. But pay attention to how the words begin to change at the one minute mark or so, even though the story goes on visually. “Xarelto can cause bleeding which may be serious and can rarely lead to death.” Along with that Xarelto has also been shown to cause:
bowel or bladder dysfunction
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings
coughing up blood
difficulty with breathing or swallowing
increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
prolonged bleeding from cuts
red or black, tarry stools
red or dark brown urine
vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
pain in the arms or legs
Burning while urinating
difficult or painful urination
Incidence not known
Abdominal or stomach pain or swelling
blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
cough or hoarseness
fast or irregular heartbeat
fever with or without chills
general feeling of tiredness or weakness
joint or muscle pain
loss of appetite
lower back or side pain
nausea or vomiting
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
red, irritated eyes
sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
tightness in the chest
unpleasant breath odor
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
yellow eyes or skin
wow, that was a mouth full!
While the medication you take may help with the original issue it has been prescribed for the list of side effects really should give you pause. They are often far worse than the original condition and in some cases can be life threatening.
Medications do not generally heal or fix health issues. They mask and cover the symptoms often leading to new symptoms, which in turn may require another new medication to mask and cover – which is how so many people tumble down the allopathic path ending up on a dozen medications, which may or may not react with one another.
Just because no known interactions have been noted doesn’t mean it isn’t possible… Every person is biologically a little bit different. The pharmaceutical industry has to intention of curing or healing anyone…. Their intention is to get you to keep buying their product. They are a business.
Next time one of these commercials comes on, I suggest closing your eyes. Listen and block out the imagery. See how different it comes across.
Before starting any prescription medication do your research and make the decision and educated one.
Originally published: http://www.hcbl.com/blog/prescription-drugs-can-be-dangerous-to-your-health/