You may trust your doctor, but it does not necessarily mean that every medication he prescribes is safe for you. The latest studies have shown that many of the popular prescription drugs have potentially serious side-effects, ranging from short-term nausea and headaches to chronic inflammatory myopathy and heart disease — and in some cases even worse.
The world is not aware of this important information, and still believes in the myth that the benefits of FDA-approved drugs far outweigh any possible risks. To make things clear for you, in this article we have covered six classes of prescription drugs that are not quite health-friendly.
1. Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
Millions of people in the US, and many more throughout the world take PPIs to alleviate the symptoms of gastroesophaegal reflux disease (GERD), a health condition characterized by food and acid in the stomach that leak back to the esophagus and cause damage. But, PPIs like Nexium (exomeprazole) and Prevacid (lansoprazole) block the nutrient absorption and inhibit the production of necessary stomach acid. This leads to many other health problems.
FDA has issued a dozen warnings about the side-effects of PPIs, including an increased risk of bacterial diarrhea, magnesium deficiency, and bone fractures. Regular and long-term consumption of PPIS is associated with an increased risk of pneumonia and unhealthy weight gain.
Statins have been the top-selling class of drugs for the several past years. These drugs are hailed by the medicine as a “miraculous” cure for high cholesterol and heart diseases. However, statin drugs like Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) and Crestor (rosuvastatin calcium) actually increase the risk of diabetes, liver disease, brain damage, muscle atrophy, and even premature death.
Statins have many side-effects, and some of them are so severe that the FDA recently issued official warnings associated with their use.
In addition to this, many studies have confirmed that the consumption of statins for primary prevention does not bring that much good as expected, meaning that this drug class is medically useless for the millions of healthy people who are supposed to take the medications.