September 5, 2008

 According to an article recently published by MSN Health & Fitness, some common over-the-counter and prescription drugs are so dangerous doctors say they would never take them. Do you have deadly medications in your medicine cabinet? Here is a list of eight drugs doctors say they would never take:

  • Advair: This prescription asthma medicine contains an ingredient called salmeterol that could actually increase the severity of asthma attacks. In 2006, study findings suggesting that Advair may contribute to thousands of deaths in the U.S. each year prompted the FDA to issue a black box warning for the drug.
  • Avandia: Studies have show that this type 2 diabetes drug increases the risk of life-threatening heart problems. In 2007, the FDA issued a safety alert notifying the public that clinical trials have shown that there is a potentially significant increase in the risk of heart attack and heart-related deaths in patients taking Avandia. In fact, one study found that Avandia increases the risk of heart attack by 42% and the risk of heart failure by 109%.
  • Celebrex: This prescription pain reliever may increase the risk of stomach bleeding, kidney trouble, and liver damage.  According to a 2005 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, taking 200 mg of Celebrex twice daily more than doubled patients’ risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Additionally, taking 400 mg of Celebrex twice daily more than tripled patients’ risk of death.  Although two other drugs in the same drug class, Bextra and Vioxx, were banned for similar health risks, Celebrex remains on the market.
  • Ketek: This antibiotic, which has traditionally been prescribed for respiratory-tract infections, carries a higher risk of severe side effects than similar antibiotics. Specifically, Ketek may cause heart-rhythm problems, liver disease, and could interact poorly with other medications you may be taking. Although equally-effective antibiotics are available, Ketek unfortunately remains on the market.
  • Prilosec and Nexium: Researchers believe there may be a link between these heartburn medications and heart attacks.
  • Visine Original: The active ingredient in these eye drops gets the red out by shrinking blood vessels in the eyes, which could eventually lead to more redness.
  • Pseudoephedrine:  This decongestant raises your heart rate and blood pressure, which could lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Ketek, Avandia, & Defective Drug Side Effects Lawyers

To learn about safer alternatives to these dangerous drugs, read the full MSN article entitled 8 Drugs Doctors Would Never Take. If you or a loved one has taken one of these dangerous drugs and experienced serious side effects, contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and options.

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