Over the Counter Pain Reliever Dangers and Alternative Suggestions

Over the counter medication is generally believed to be safe by most of us. They come in colorful easily recognizable boxes that sit in our medicine cabinets. We reach for them whenever we have an ache or pain and don’t give it much consideration – at least not in the same way that we do with prescription pills.

Listening to the vast array of drug commercials on television these days we have grown accustomed to hearing a huge list of side effects which range from mildly irritating to permanent and possibly life-changing on controlled medications. But what about the medications we take without thought on a fairly regular basis. Do they have side effects as well?

Let’s take a look.

The three most commonly used non-prescription pain relievers on the market today here in the US are Ibuprofen, Naproxen, and Acetaminophen.

IBUPROFEN: Also known by a whole host of brand names including Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, and Ultraprin.

The USES: It is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness, as well as menstrual pain, headaches, toothaches, arthritis, and backaches.

Possible SIDE EFFECTS: The warning label states that people who take NSAIDs such as ibuprofen may have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke than those who don’t. Common side effects include: constipation, diarrhea, gas or bloating, dizziness, nervousness, ringing in the ears, unexplained weight gain, fever, blisters, rash, itching, hives, swelling, difficulty breathing or swallowing, hoarseness, tiredness, pain in the upper right hand portion of the stomach, loss of appetite, yellowing of the skin and or eyes, flu-like symptoms, pale skin, fast heartbeat, cloudy urine, back pain, blurred vision, red or painful eyes, stiff neck, headache, confusion and even aggression.

NAPROXEN: Also labeled as Aleve, Midol Extended Relief, and Wal-Proxen.

The USES: Nonprescription naproxen is used to reduce fever and to relieve mild pain from headaches, muscle aches, arthritis, menstrual periods, the common cold, toothaches, and backaches. It is also suggested for menstrual pain, bursitis, arthritis, juvenile arthritis, and tendonitis.

Possible SIDE EFFECTS: All of the same listed side effects of Ibuprofen plus possible difficult or painful urination.

ACETAMINOPHEN:  Marketed as Tylenol, St. Joseph’s Aspirin Free, Panadol, and Halenol among many others.

The USES: Acetaminophen is used to relieve mild to moderate pain from headaches, muscle aches, menstrual periods, colds and sore throats, toothaches, backaches, and reactions to vaccinations, and to reduce fever. Acetaminophen may also be used to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis. Acetaminophen is in a class of medications called analgesics (pain relievers) and antipyretics (fever reducers). It works by changing the way the body senses pain and by cooling the body.

Possible SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects include rash, hives, itching, swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles or lower legs, hoarseness, difficulty breathing or swallowing. Additionally, Acetaminophen, when taken beyond recommended doses or mixed with alcohol, can cause liver damage.

Additional to the side effects listed, we also need to be mindful of mixing with other medications, which can cause interaction issues.

One danger that isn’t often talked about is Drug-Induced Liver Disease. This encapsulates all liver diseases that are actually caused by physician-prescribed medications as well as over the counter medications and also recreational drugs. Some of the main culprits are pain relievers (primarily the three we have been discussing), antibiotics, antidepressants, anti-cancer agents, high blood pressure medications, high cholesterol drugs and those for diabetes and irregular heart rhythms.

There is a wide range of severity in DILD. The scale goes like this. 1.abnormal blood levels of liver enzymes – no symptoms, 2. Hepatitis, 3. Necrosis, 4. Steatosis (accumulation of fat in the liver cells) 5. Cirrhosis, 6. Liver failure, 7. Blood clots in the veins within the liver likely resulting in death.

If you have taken a good amount of these products, signs that you may have an issue and may need to be checked out are fatigue, weakness, vague abdominal pain, loss of appetite, yellowing of the skin, itching, bruising easily. More advanced cases you may see fluid accumulation in the legs and abdomen, mental confusion, coma, kidney failure and gastrointestinal bleeding.

If these medications are so potentially damaging, what is there that we can do if we are in pain? Are there alternatives?

Here are a few suggestions:

Chiropractic: getting your body in working proper alignment is vital to overcome pain.

Heat: increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the area and also suppresses pain signals to the brain

Ice: relieves inflammation and works as a local anesthetic

Stretching: your body is designed for movement – this gets the blood flowing and the healing process as well

Sleep: You need a healthy amount of sleep to heal and restore your body

Therapeutic massage: Can work wonders – it releases endorphins (a powerful pain-relieving substance in the body)

Turmeric: Used in place of NSAIDs as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory

Devil’s claw: Back pain and arthritis – this is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory

Arnica: For injury, bruising and muscle soreness

SAM-E & MSM: for osteoarthritis – this is a painkiller and anti-spasmodic with analgesic properties.

Boswellia: Great for arthritis. More potent and less toxic than standard NSAIDs

White Willow Bark: Effective fever reducer and pain reliever (never take with aspirin)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Acts much like Ibuprofen – anti-inflammatory and painkiller.

Fish Oil: Omega 3’s help with rheumatoid arthritis, Chron’s disease, gout and even sinusitis.

So next time, before reaching for the over the counter pain reliever, you may want to swing by the nearest health food store or stop into our office and get an adjustment and some heat, ice, ultrasound or electrostimulation therapy.

Chiropractor in Ft Myers, FL, and Naples, FL

Fort Myers Chiropractor, Dr. Jason B. KasterChiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent it as soon as possible?

Dr. Jason B. Kaster, a chiropractor in Fort Myers and Naples, can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.

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Prescription drugs can be dangerous to your health

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:
Back pain
bleeding gums
bloody stools
bowel or bladder dysfunction
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings
coughing up blood
difficulty with breathing or swallowing
dizziness
headache
increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
leg weakness
nosebleeds
numbness
paralysis
prolonged bleeding from cuts
red or black, tarry stools
red or dark brown urine
vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
Less common
Fainting
pain in the arms or legs
wound secretion
Rare
Burning while urinating
difficult or painful urination
Incidence not known
Abdominal or stomach pain or swelling
blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
blurred vision
chills
clay-colored stools
cough or hoarseness
dark urine
diarrhea
fast or irregular heartbeat
fever with or without chills
general feeling of tiredness or weakness
hives
itching
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
severe headache
skin rash
sore throat
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
and
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/

Violence – A Side Effect of Psychotropic Drugs

These days antidepressants, psychotropic drugs, and mood enhancers/stabilizers are being given out by physicians like Tic-Tacs.

Feeling sad? Have a pill. Feeling mad? Take a pill. Feeling anything at all? – We must correct that! – Here is a prescription.

When did we all stop dealing with our problems and start believing that swallowing a magic pill would solve everything?

It would be lovely if it worked. The proof is in the pudding though. More and more patients on these medications are losing their grip on reality and becoming actively violent.
Recent shootings in the news – Sandy Hook, The Batman Movie Shooting, Columbine, and others all have a common denominator : Prescription drugs were all in their systems at the times these crimes were committed.

According to a study published in the journal PLoS One and based on the Food and Drug Administration’s Adverse Event Reporting System, the following mind-altering drugs are most frequently linked to violence:

10. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) is an antidepressant associated with 7.9 times more violence than many other drugs.

9. Venlafaxine
 (Effexor) is related to Pristiq and is an antidepressant also used in treating those with anxiety disorders. Effexor is 8.3 times more associated with violent behavior than other drugs.

8. Fluvoxamine (Luvox) is an antidepressant that affects serotonin (SSRI) and is 8.4 times more likely to be linked to violence than other medications

7. Triazolam
 (Halcion) can be addictive and is a benzodiazepine that supposedly treats insomnia. It’s 8.7 times more likely to be associated with violence than other medications.

6. Atomoxetine (Strattera) is often prescribed to tread ADHD and is 9 times more likely to be associated with violence.

5. Mefoquine (Lariam) treats malaria and sometimes products bizarre behavior, and it is 9.5 times more likely to be linked to violence.

4. Amphetamines come in many forms and are often used to treat ADHD (even to children not diagnosed with ADHD). They are 9.6 times more likely to be linked to violence.

3. Paroxetine (Paxil) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. Many users experience severe withdrawal symptoms and are more likely to produce children with birth defects as well as 10.3 times more likely to be linked to violence than other medications.

2. Fluoxetine (Prozac) is a household name for a powerful SSRI antidepressant linked with 10.9 times more violence than other drugs.

1. Varenicline (Chantix) is administered to smokers to supposedly help curb cigarette cravings, but it’s a whopping 18 times more likely to be linked to violent behavior than other drugs.

There is literally no accountability. Pharmaceutical drugs are killing people by the thousands through both toxicity and behavioral side effects, but no one seems interested in banning these drugs or holding Big Pharma and prescribing physicians accountable.

The FDA, which approves these drugs, recognizes that more 100,000 adverse drug reaction deaths occur each year. This is the fourth leading cause of death, ahead of pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDS, pneumonia, accidents and automobile deaths.

Drug companies bribe doctors to prescribe their medications and use fake studies to build belief in their effectiveness and safety.

The best way to deal with your feelings is to face them head on. Drugs are a crutch, and not a very good one at that.

They may make you feel better in the interim short term, but they do not have the ability to correct anything. They cannot and do not make better life choices for you that will lead to happiness.
If you feel you have a chemical imbalance, consult a Holistic or Naturopathic Physician who can help you work with not against your body in order to correct this.

Originally published: http://blogs.naturalnews.com/violence-a-side-effect-of-psychotropic-drugs-2/