In the year 2000, 2.8 million prescriptions were filled which equates to an average of 10 prescriptions for every person in the United States. Although prescriptions can be beneficial in certain instances, they can also be very dangerous and cause hazardous side effects.
The following lists three heavily promoted prescription drugs with potentially dangerous side effects
1. Prozac (anti-depressants)
Prozac and pills similar to its nature – Zoloft, Lovan, Luvox, and Paxil are drugs that are prescribed to help your mood, level of agitation, feelings of anxiety, and ability to sleep.
Some of the negative side effects include:
• Increased Depression
• Weight gain
• Loss of sexual desire
• Dry mouth
• Fatigue and drowsiness
Medications like Adderall, Ritalin, Cylert and Dexedrine are used to improve your attention and increase attentiveness.
Some of the risks include:
• Blood pressure problems
• Loss of hair
3. Prednisone or Cortisone
These prescriptions are typically used to treat lupus, asthma, allergies, and many other conditions.
• Increased risk of infections
• Bone thinning
• Suppressed hormone production
• Thin skin (easy bruising)
While some prescriptions can be beneficial, others can cause harm. Pharmacists and doctors have obligations to keep their patients from harm. If they do not abide by protocol and neglect to advise you of potential side effects, you may have a medical malpractice claim. For more information, contact Potter Burnett today.