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Dangerous Drugs

These are some of the most dangerous medications on the market. The worst
thing is that there are much safer alternatives to almost any medication.


Yaz and Yasmin - Soon after Bayer launched the birth control pill Yaz, young girls
started coming down with blood clots, gall bladder disease, heart attacks and even
strokes.
Chantix - After cases of psychosis, reports of suicidal behaviors and actual suicides,
the government banned pilots, air-traffic controllers and interstate truck and bus drivers
from taking this antismoking drug.


Ambien – police officials say this sleep drug has increased traffic accidents from people
who drive while they are blacked out.


Lipitor and Crestor – These are some of the worst because so many people take
them. All statin drugs can cause muscle breakdown. Crestor is so linked to this side
effect, the FDA's David Graham named it one of the five most dangerous drugs at a
Congressional hearing.


Gardasil and Cervarix Vaccines - The Gardasil HPV vaccine doesn't work for all viral
strains and requires a booster and is linked to 56 girls' deaths as of September, 2010 in
the U.S. alone.


Singulair and Accolate - Anything that blocks neurotransmitters has the potential to
be very dangerous. And leukotriene receptor antagonists never looked safe. And
Singulair, Merck's top selling drug, is now suspected of producing aggression, hostility,
irritability, anxiety, hallucinations and night-terrors in kids.


Advair– This asthma medicine contains the long-acting beta-agonist (LABA)
salmeterol, which can make your asthma deadly by increasing the severity of
asthma attacks. It is estimated that salmeterol-containing drugs cause about
5,000 asthma-related deaths each year in the US alone.


Avandia – This diabetes drug has been linked to increased risk of heart attack.
Confidential government reports claim about 6,000 heart attacks and 3,600
cases of heart failure would be averted each year if patients switched away from
Avandia. The drug was recently banned in Europe, but the US FDA has chosen
only to monitor the drug, rather than ask for a recall.


Celebrex—This drug was so bad that it was banned by the FDA and the drug
companies are so powerful that they forced the FDA to bring it back. You can
even see TV commercials today for this drug. This painkiller has been linked to
increased risks of stomach bleeding, kidney trouble, and liver damage.
Additionally, one 2005 study found that people taking 200 mg of Celebrex twice
a day more than doubled their risk of dying of cardiovascular disease, such as
a heart attack. Those on 400 mg twice a day more than tripled their risk.


Ritalin – I have been preaching against this drug for years. This drug is
commonly prescribed to children diagnosed with ADHD, despite the fact it has
the same pharmacological profile as cocaine. By definition, Ritalin stimulates
your central nervous system, leading to side effects such as increased blood
pressure and heart rate. When taken over a period of years, as Ritalin often is,
the drug can cause severe health problems, including stunted growth, social
problems and even cancer. Short-term, it can still lead to chromosomal damage.


Lyrica, Topomax and Lamictal -- These epilepsy seizure drugs increase your
risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and all three drugs can cause both hair-
and memory loss.


TNF Blockers – to treat psoriasis -- Biologics like Humira and Prolia are made
from genetically engineered hamster cells, and suppress your immune system.
Other side effects include tuberculosis, lethal infections, melanoma, lymphoma
and unusual cancers in children and teenagers. Humira also carries a warning
that it may cause or worsen psoriasis -- a condition it is supposed to treat.


Bisphosphonate drugs – to treat osteoporosis – This dangerous class of drugs
include Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva, prescribed to prevent osteoporosis.
Fosamax in particular has been linked to thigh bone fractures, fracturing this
bone is very hard to do, jaw bone rot, serious eye problems, liver damage and
renal failure, just to name a few potential side effects.

Fosamax users are also nearly twice as likely to develop atrial fibrillation
(quivering of your heart’s upper chambers), which is the most common kind of
chronically irregular heartbeat.


Statin drugs—I have discussed these dangerous drugs before in my blog, but it
bears repeating. This class of drugs, used to lower your cholesterol, have been
linked to an array of devastating side effects, including muscle pain and
weakness, muscle atrophy, rhabdomyolysis, increased plaque deposits, (that
lowering cholesterol is supposed to help) increased cancer risk, immune system
suppression, decreased liver function, CoQ10 depletion, and death.


Proton pump inhibitors—Drugs like Prevacid, Prilosec, and Nexium are
commonly used for heartburn. However, their side effects may be far more
problematic and dangerous than your original problem.
Side effects include increased risk of fractures of your hip, wrist and spine (the
risk of a bone fracture has been estimated to be over 40 percent higher in
patients who use these drugs long-term), increased risk of food poisoning,
pneumonia and infection with Clostridium difficile, a harmful intestinal bacteria.

These are not the only drugs that have horrible side effects. When you fill a
prescription, read the warning sheet that comes with the drug and find out how many
and what the potential side effects are. Come into our office, discuss your symptoms
with us and find out if there are any lifestyle changes or natural herbs or vitamins that
can get you off some of these drugs. We have natural approaches to almost all the
health problems discussed in this blog.

Call us today to see what natural approaches you can take instead of a dangerous drug. Call us at (479) 443-0800 or click here to set up your appointment.

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