Many people because of some medical condition take prescription drugs that are associated with severe side effects. Actually, it has been estimated that more than 50% of American population regularly take at least one type of prescription medication while more than 80% of Americans regularly take some sort of pharmaceutical drug such as Tylenol. However, it is hard to believe that the FDA has in fact approved some of these drugs.
Vicodin and Oxycontin
Among the most dangerous prescription pharmaceutical drugs are Vicodin and Oxycontin. These drugs do not have the worst adverse effects comparing to other prescription drugs but they are the most abused because of their availability. Many people take Vicodin and Oxycontin with alcohol, which is a lethal combination. Also, many of those who abuse these prescription drugs exceed recommended dose and instead of 1 or 2 pills take 4 or more pills at a time. When such dose is combined with alcohol it certainly may led to death. In fact, deaths related to Vicodin and Oxycontin intake are much frequent than deaths related to abuse of all illegal drugs combined such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.
Vioxx is the drug for treatment of osteoarthritis, menstrual cramps and severe pain in adults. Vioxx was approved by the FDA in 1999 but it was taken off the market in 2004 because it caused dangerous heart problems. It was noticed that the people who took Vioxx had increased risk for heart attacks and many people actually died due to heart attacked caused by Vioxx. Some reports indicate that cardiovascular side effects of Vioxx had caused nearly 100.000 hospitalizations, 28.000 heart attacks and between 10.000 and 15.000 deaths in the U.S. Even though the FDA has banned this drug, it can still be illegally found online.
Prozac is an antidepressant that may actually make you feel worse. Prozac entails side effects such as insomnia, nausea, weakness, diarrhea, headache, anxiety, drowsiness, dry mouth, decreased libido, indigestion, sweating, flushing, constipation, gas, hypertension, chest pain, weight gain, and taste changes.
Drugs with the Worst Side Effect
The drugs with the worst side effects that FDA has approved and can be still found on the market are many. One of them is called Mirapex and it is used for treating Parkinson’s disease. Side effect of Mirax is amnesia that people usually experience when take it. Cholesterol medication called Lipitor is also associated with amnesia.
EvaMist is a drug for dealing with the symptoms of menopause. But EvaMist includes adverse effects such as cancer, stroke, heart attack, blood cloths and dementia.
Another drug with very serious side effects is Chantix. This drug is designed to help with quitting smoking but it causes suicidal ideas and it has lead many people to commit suicide. An anti-malarial drug called Lariam may cause intense hallucinations and psychotic behavior. Plavix is a blood thinning drug given to prevent heart attack but it may cause people to vomit blood.
The Most Addictive Drugs
The most addictive drugs are Vicodin and Oxycontin and that is way they usually lead to death. Drugs such as Percocet, Darvocet, Ritalin and any amphetamine are severely addictive.