The Risks of Prescription Drugs

       Like most people, I’ve read about warnings associated with specific drugs and heard the warnings (disclaimers, actually) and even received written information about the risks when I order a prescription.  But I never gave it much thought until the other day when I saw a commercial for a prescription drug on TV.  At the end, the narrator went on for what seemed like several minutes (but of course, it was only 15 seconds or so) about the risks of taking that drug.  I don’t remember everything, so I went to the drug website and found these statements (the drug name isn’t important, so I’ll just call it X):      

       Drugs such as X can increase suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, teens, and young adults. Suicide is a known risk of depression and some other psychiatric disorders. Call your doctor right away if you have new or worsening depression symptoms, unusual changes in behavior, or thoughts of suicide. Be especially observant within the first few months of treatment or after a change in dose. Approved only for adults 18 and over.  X is not for everyone. Do not take X if you: have recently taken a type of antidepressant called a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI) or Mellaril® (thioridazine); have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma (increased eye pressure).  Talk with your healthcare provider: about all your medical conditions, including kidney or liver problems, glaucoma, diabetes, seizures, or if you have bipolar disorder. X may worsen a type of glaucoma or diabetes  if you have itching, right upper belly pain, dark urine, yellow skin/eyes, or unexplained flu-like symptoms while taking X, which may be signs of liver problems. Severe liver problems, sometimes fatal, have been reported; about your alcohol use; about all your medicines, including those for migraine, to address a potentially life-threatening condition. Symptoms may include high fever, confusion, and stiff muscles; if you are taking NSAID pain relievers, aspirin, or blood thinners. Use with X may increase bleeding risk; before stopping X or changing your dose; if you experience dizziness or fainting upon standing while taking X. This is likely to occur in the first week or when increasing the dose, but may occur at any time during treatment; about your blood pressure. X can increase your blood pressure. Your healthcare provider should check your blood pressure prior to and while taking X; if you experience headache, weakness, confusion, problems concentrating, memory problems, or feel unsteady while taking X, which may be signs of low sodium levels; if you develop problems with urine flow while taking X; if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during therapy, or are breast-feeding.  Most common side effects of X (this is not a complete list): nausea, dry mouth, sleepiness, fatigue, constipation, dizziness, decreased appetite, and increased sweating.  X may cause sleepiness and dizziness. Until you know how X affects you, you should not drive a car or operate hazardous machinery. 

       I don’t know about you, but I’d be very uncomfortable taking anything with all those risks and disclaimers… 

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