Prescription drugs are prescribed more often these days than ever before. Doctors turn to pills and medications to fix all sorts of problems with their patients’ health. But sometimes these drugs do much more harm than good. And by the time doctors realize they have been giving their patients something bad for their health it can be too late. Long-term side effects of drugs are sometimes not known until years after the medication has been released to the market.
And even if the pharmaceutical companies do their due diligence and try to figure out every adverse side effect associated with their drug, they could miss something and that could be deadly. The following five oft-prescribed drugs are harming your health. If you or a loved one is on one of these medications, you might want to talk to your doctor about alternative treatments.
With nearly one in four Americans on statin drugs in 2012 according to the CDC, a lot of people are at risk. These drugs lower your vitamin K2 intake. And in a study published in Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology, statins can potentially stimulate the chances of heart failure and atherosclerosis. Some believe this occurs because vitamin K2 protect arteries from getting calcified. Statins can make our plaque levels get worse and increase the chance of heart attack.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, prednisone is a steroid drug that can help lower the activity of your immune system. While this drug is taken by people diagnosed with some forms of arthritis, lupus, or asthma, it can do a lot more harm than good. It can result in high blood sugar levels and thusly increase the risk of developing type-2 diabetes. But that is not the only risk to your health. Because prednisone suppresses your immune system, it can increase your risk of developing infections.
About one in ten people over the age of 12 in America are on antidepressants. But this common drug can be horrible for your overall health. Harvard Medical School found that these drugs increase your risk of stomach and uterine bleeding. And if a surgery results, a person on antidepressant will be more likely to require a blood transfusion. The brain can also become less responsive to the drug, making them ineffective over time. People increase their dose and then overdose.
While pain relief is useful and necessary, these drugs also damage your heart. The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen increase your risk of a heart attack. Your chance of heart attack goes up after just a few weeks of use.
Proton pump inhibitors
A new study found that proton pump inhibitors can increase your chances of developing kidney disease, dementia, and heart attacks. The study, out of Stanford University and the Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas, found that these drugs do so much more than turn off your stomach’s acid pump. They block the production of acid in most cells in your body. This means your body cannot expel damaged proteins. And this makes PPIs a “smoking gun” for bad health.
Do you or a loved one use any of these medications?