If you don't want to know the risks, you better leave right now, ha ha!
I am building this site to inform you about harmful drug reactions that the drug companies don't want you to know about.
Most doctors are too busy to be able to properly discuss all the problems with the meds they are prescribing. Sometimes patients who know about all the possible side effects will probably experience them just by the placebo effect, so it's better if we don't bring it up. Right?
Well I am bringing it up.
I hope you will come back as I develop the list.
Here are a few adverse reactions to get started with:
NSAIDS: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as most arthritis medications, and ibuprophen (and aspirin) are so highly linked to severe gastrointestinal bleeding that it has developed its' own disease name: NSAID Gastropathy
Oral contraceptives and Hormone Replacement Therapy are highly linked to blood clots, strokes and heart attacks, but we already know that, right?
Statins: cholesterol lowering drugs are highly linked to liver problems like hepatitis, severe muscle degeneration and early dementia
Macrolide antibiotics like Erythromycin is linked to hepatitis and long QT syndrome.
Pepcid, Effexor, Zoloft, Paxil and many antidepressants are linked with QT prolongation under certain conditions.
The QT interval is the resting phase of the heart rhythm. Prolongation of the QT interval elongates the resting phase of the heart. Congenital long QT syndrome is when someone is born with a long QT interval. It is linked to torsades de pointe, which is an unsustainable heart rhythm. QT prolongation and the chances of a drug-induced fatal heart rhythm are very small in healthy adults. But the elderly, children and babies are susceptible. Many of these drugs affect the normal beating of the heart and we don't even know it.
What does this mean? Many of the drugs we think are completely harmless have been linked with QT prolongation! That means these drugs prolong the resting phase of the heart. Many of these drugs affect the normal beating of the heart and we don't even know it!
These drugs have the potential to change the heart rhythm. Millions of healthy adults take these drugs and don't notice a thing. At risk are the elderly and the very young and those who have long QT syndrome to begin with.
Who knows how many babies on Propulsid for reflux died not from SIDS, but from a prolongated QT? Or how many of the elderly on Propulsid for GERD died not from a sudden heart attack but from drug-induced torsades? Those stats will never be known. No one reports it, if it can be explained as SIDS or a heart attack. For years there hasn't been a way to report it. Doctors hate to think a harmless drug they prescribed everyday could cause sudden death. Drug companies squash that information.
To ease your mind, millions and millions of people take these drugs and don't instantly die. The statistics show that the drugs are relatively safe compared to the millions of people who take them.