As a note, never stop taking medication without speaking to a doctor first. Stopping certain medications suddenly can have serious side-effects.
We often just assume that the drugs we’re taking are good for us. Our doctor told us to take them, right? It's smart to follow doctor's orders because they know about health better than anyone else. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that the drug is good in the long run. There’s a lot of reasons why someone should at least ask your doctor questions about what you’re prescribed. Many doctors prescribe medications that are designed to be short-term, and a person that's taking them long term can cause issues. Sometimes, you should ask for a different type of medication than the one they initially suggested.
Remember, the world of science is always changing. There are always tests being done and redone. We might realize tomorrow that what we consider good for us today may not be good for us in the long-run. For example, everybody used to smoke cigarettes. Now, we know that the little roll of tobacco is extremely dangerous for us. Our doctors do their best to stay on top of this research, but sometimes, there is a lot of contradicting answers; other times, there's just too much for them to process.
Even those studies aren't always accurate. Pharmaceutical companies that just want to make money off of you buying their medication for all of your foreseeable future often sponsor studies. These studies can’t always be trusted to be unbiased. After all, they did sponsor the studies that said opioids are good for us, yet we’re now facing an opioid overdose epidemic. Suffice it to say, there’s a lot of digging that needs to be done if you want to take any medication for an extended period of time. These are 22 medications we’ve found that could be dangerous for you.
Did you know...
- Just saying the words "thank you" can measurably improve your mood. Researchers can actually measure happiness and changes in brain structure when people practiced regular "grateful thinking." This included things like writing thank you notes, writing gratitude journal entries, mindfully counting their blessings, and thanking friends. It may be helpful in overcoming depression!
- Starting to feel claustrophobic? The smells of apples may help keep your claustrophobic feelings at bay according to a 1995 study by Dr. Alan Hirsch. Green apples, specifically, helped people change their perception of their space. Maybe they thought of expansive apple orchards? Cucumbers and barbecue made the feelings worse.
- Have you ever told your husband something and he promptly forgets it? It's not his fault, actually. It really is because he's a man. The hippocampus (the part of the brain that deals with memory) begins to shrink with age faster in men than it does in women. That's why you can remember everything, and he can't!
- There are many factors that contribute to your body odor, but one of the strongest links is our diet. This may be some bad news for meat-lovers because many studies have shown that those who refrained from or ate less red meat were judged as being more pleasant smelling. The meat sweats are real, and they don’t smell great!
- Does your job make you stressed? We all know that stress is psychologically bad for you, but it also has an effect on…your allergies? A Harvard Medical School study has shown that stress causes your allergies to become worse because your body's defense response loses efficacy when repeatedly triggered by stress. Then, when you really need to physically fight something off, you're less able to!