Within recent years, United States has seen a drastic rise in the use of prescription drugs. Most of these medications are safe, but we’re going to inform you about a few that might not be.
In recent years, the dangers of prescription medications have become much more established. This is exacerbated by the fact that a patient will oftentimes assume their doctor’s advice is trustworthy. But doctors are humans too, and are prone to errors in judgment and at times even immoral behavior. It’s also unrealistic for every physician to spot a patient with potentially-addictive tendencies.
Studies show that blood thinners, heart medications and chemotherapeutic agents are the ones that cause the most deaths. These drugs come with side effects which range from liver damage and birth defects to suicidal behavior, heart attacks, bladder cancer, heart failure, Crohn’s disease, blood clots, strokes and uncontrollable bleeding.
What’s worse is that the number of injuries resulting from prescription drugs is estimated to be in the millions. The solution? For patients themselves to be knowledgeable regarding what they put in their body. This’s why we are here, so read on and discover which prescription drugs to avoid.
The following is our list of the most dangerous prescription drugs in the US today:
Diabetes Drugs – Avandia
Avandia is a type-2 diabetes drug, launched in 1999, but was implicated later on in heart attacks. The FDA estimates that this drug caused 83,000 heart attacks and ailments from 1999 to 2007, the year wherein the FDA added a black box warning to the drug. The FDA considerably restricted use of Avandia in September 2010, allowing access-only to a select group of physicians and patients. The 2-year investigation by the US SFC (Senate Finance Committee) revealed that the drug company was familiar with of the heart risks related to Avandia for a long time and attempted to hide concerns about the drug.
Anti-depressants – Prozac
Prozac (fluoxetine) is an antidepressant manufactured by Eli Lilly and hit the market in 1987. This medicine is part of the SSRI drug class mainly used to treat depression, bulimia nervosa, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and panic disorder. Prescribed to more than 50 million people globally, this medication may cause serotonin syndrome as well as increase in the risk of violent behavior and suicidal thinking. In 2006, the FDA added label to all SSRIs warning of the amplified risk of PPHN (pulmonary hypertension in the newborn), which can be fatal.
Blood Thinners – Xarelto
Millions of Americans take blood thinners in order to reduce the risk of stroke resulting from atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat). Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is one of the newest blood thinners, approved in July 2011 by the FDA for use after knee and hip replacement surgery so as to reduce the risk of blood clots. The drug’s indications were expanded to consist of atrial fibrillation (AF) in November 2011. There is no bleeding antidote for Xarelto, and this means that users of the medication can experience unsafe, uncontrollable bleeding events. In addition, since the drug was fast tracked, unknown side effects may also be placing patients at risk.
Birth Control Pills – Yaz and Yasmin
Yaz (ethinyl estradiol/drospirenone) is a birth-control pill manufactured by Bayer and released in the United States in 2006. It’s a sister drug to Yasmin, which got approved by the FDA in 2001. Both medications contain the ingredient drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol, and so they carry the same risk. Despite being the top-selling birth-control pill in the US from 2008 to 2009, several studies have shown that Yaz puts women at an amplified risk for blood clots. Blood clots may contribute to DVTs (deep vein thrombosis), PE (pulmonary embolism), heart attack, or stroke. On April 10, 2012, the FDA required that Yaz include a warning that drospirenone containing pills raises the risk of blood clots by threefold.