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.
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- 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.
- 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!
- Are you currently or often tired? As contradictory as it may sound, one of the best things you can do is exercise! It gives you more energy by improving your blood flow and increasing your oxygen throughout your body. You don't need to do much; a brisk walk is all it takes!
- Do you know what the strongest muscle in your body is? No, it’s not your biceps or your thighs. It’s actually in your head. The masseter is a muscle in the jaw that is used when chewing. When all of the muscles of the jaw work together, they can exert a force as strong as 200 pounds on the molars. That’s some serious pressure.
- A hearty laugh is good for the heart. Laughing can increase blood flow by 20%. Additionally, looking on the bright side can help you live longer. Studies have shown that a more optimistic outlook is linked to a healthier heart, lower blood pressure, and a lower risk for coronary artery disease.