When people think of prescription drug-related deaths, most believe that the death is somehow the fault of the patient or, in other cases, the fault of the prescribing physician. In reality, even properly prescribed medications taken exactly as directed can have devastating consequences to the human body.
Here are 10 of the most dangerous prescription medications on today’s market:
1. Prednisone. Very few physicians would be willing to take prednisone for more than a week or two. The drug causes a variety of side effects, even when taken properly. These include high blood pressure, muscle weakness, intestinal bleeding, fragile skin, diabetes, and poor wound healing.
2. Methotrexate. This chemotherapeutic drug is also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Side effects include fetal death, bone marrow depression, lung disease, intestinal bleeding, depression of the immune system, and liver and kidney toxicity.
3. Coumadin. A popular blood thinner, Coumadin is typically prescribed to prevent strokes and heart attack. It is also found in rat poison. Rodents in laboratory tests all die when they ingest enough of this drug.
4. Statins. These drugs are prescribed to help lower your cholesterol. Side effects include muscle inflammation, cataracts, liver toxicity, and gastrointestinal symptoms. It is far safer, when possible, to lower your cholesterol naturally through diet and exercise changes
5. Prozac. Not only is Prozac addictive, but it is harmful. When your serotonin levels are not even, you can experience depression, agitation, anxiety and loss of sleep. This is why you are so closely monitored when you first begin taking the drug.
6. Ritalin. This popular drug utilized for the treatment of ADD/ADHD is not one that causes physical addiction, but it can cause psychological addiction. The drugs do not cure ADD/ADHD, they simply mask its symptoms.
7. Diuretics. These drugs are often prescribed to lower blood pressure and rid the body of excess fluid. Long term use of this type of drug can severely alter the levels of minerals in the body which can lead to stroke, heart attack, and spasms in the coronary arteries.
8. Diabetes drugs. There are a variety of drugs prescribed to control diabetes. Oral drugs are known to increase death rate due to heart attack. Some patients can take less of these drugs when they adjust their diet and exercise habits.
9. Arthritis drugs. NSAIDs are commonly prescribed to control arthritis inflammation. Unfortunately, they can also cause kidney and liver damage, gastrointestinal upset, and sodium retention.
10. Beta blockers. All beta blockers come with side effects. These include compromised function of the heart, fatigue, and impotence.
If you or a loved one has had a serious adverse side effect caused by a prescription medication, please call our offices as soon as possible. We want to help you get the compensation you deserve.