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30 Risky Prescription Medicines

Methotrexate

When used in high doses, methotrexate is listed as a “chemotherapeutic” drug, but these drugs are designed to kill living cells to combat cancer. They’re dangerous because they have difficulty differentiating between normal cells and cancerous ones. In addition to treating cancerous cells, it is frequently used to treat rheumatoid arthritis in smaller doses.

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Blood Thinners

Blood thinners such as coumadin and warfarin are used to thin out the blood, but this is the very thing that makes them dangerous. Even simple, small cuts take on a whole new threat level when you take this drug.

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Prednisone

While this drug may be extremely beneficial if you are treating poison ivy, it’s dangerous when used for periods longer than 2 weeks. Symptoms of long exposure to this drug include everything from osteoporosis to weakness to high blood pressure. Despite its danger, this drug is finicky. If you’ve been taking it for months, you’ll need to taper or switch to a new drug because quitting cold turkey can be dangerous as well.

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Statin Drugs

Statin drugs are a type of drug designed to lower your cholesterol by reducing the production of cholesterol in your liver and changing the way this cholesterol enters your cells. These changes can cause liver toxicity.

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Bile Acid Sequestering Agents

These drugs absorb bile acids and force your body to excrete them. Because your body is not used to handling these acids in that way, constipation and nausea are common side effects.

Diuretics

Diuretics help kidneys to perform their jobs better, pushing fluids through the body. This is can be beneficial for temporary treatments, but long-term use will flush minerals from the body.

Atromid and Lopid

These drugs are designed to raise your “good cholesterol” levels, but studies have found an increased number of deaths related to long-term use of this drug.

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Amphetamine

Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Adderall are often used to treat ADD and ADHD, but they are often misused. While they are not physically addicting, they are often psychologically addicting. They work to “zombify” people until they calm down instead of helping the person reach a normal functioning level.

Type II Diabetes Drugs

Using these drugs for extended periods of time has been known to cause headaches, liver damage, increased risk of heart attacks, and more. For some, it may be better to find a natural way to get your insulin levels up to normal. Naturally, you should speak to your doctor before stopping your medication. 

Opioids

Opioids are readily prescribed, easy-to-get-ahold-of drugs used as painkillers. They are considered to be one of the most abused drugs in the United States and are easily addictive. They slow your breathing and heart rate, causing fatalities in extreme cases.

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Oxycodone

Oxycodone is used to treat moderate to severe pain, but it is considered to be a high-risk habit-forming drug. It can cause respiratory problems or death when combined with other substances or alcohol.

Prozac

Prozac is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs for people suffering from depression. The problem? It’s highly addictive and can potentially mess with your serotonin levels, causing you to think and act in ways you normally wouldn’t.

Arthritis Drugs

Arthritis drugs may initially help treat the pain of arthritis, but they have been known to destroy cartilage, cause intestinal bleeding, and damage the liver. These drugs are often designed more to deal with the pain than to fix the problem.

Cold and Flu Medications

Most people will self-medicate when they get sick, but oftentimes, the drugs we take inhibit our immune system. They have even been known to increase the amount of time we are sick.

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Beta Blockers

Beta Blockers are used to lower blood pressure by weakening the heart, and they have also been shown to lower libido and cause fatigue.

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Reglan

Metoclopramide, also known as Reglan, is used for nausea treatment. It has been known to cause tardive dyskinesia. Don’t know what that is? It’s a condition that causes involuntary movements in your extremities, tongue, lips, and face. Not something many people would want to have to deal with.

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Remicade

Remicade is an immunological agent that enhances or suppresses the immune system to treat several diseases, including arthritis and Crohn's disease. It has been known to cause fluctuations in heart rates, fevers, hives, rashes, and nausea.

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Calcium Channel Blockers

These drugs are used to lower blood pressure by preventing calcium from entering your cells. The problem is that your body needs calcium, and this drug has been shown to have a correlation with an increased risk of death by heart disease.

Avastin

When coupled with chemotherapy, 16 clinical trials have found that users of this drug are put at a much higher risk of death. This is bad because this drug is a chemotherapy drug.

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Morphine

Morphine is one of the most well-known severe painkillers out there. Its users are at high-risk for addiction, however. It affects your actions, brain, psyche, sexuality, and general health. It is dangerous in many ways. It should only be used in the most necessary of circumstances.

Reclast

Reclast is used to regulate the excessive calcium levels caused by cancer. However, it has been tied to osteonecrosis, a condition where blood stops flowing to the bones, causing them to break down and die.

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Decadron

Decadron is an anti-inflammatory drug that has been tied to diarrhea, pneumonia, weight gain, and irregular sleep cycles.

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Clozapine

Clozapine is used to treat schizophrenia, and experts love to argue over its side effects. Some people say it cuts puts users at risk of death while others argue that it does the opposite. Maybe people should wait to take this drug until the smoke clears and we figure out what’s actually going on.

Rituxan

Rituxan is used to treat specific types of cancer. It can cause severe skin and mouth reactions while also putting you at risk for reactivating Hepatitis B. Other side effects include infections, serious bowel problems, and low blood cell counts.

Zoloft

Zoloft is a drug used to treat a number of psychological problems, ranging from depression to OCD to PTSD. It poses serious side effects, including birth defects for unborn children, that were not disclosed at first. The manufacturer Pfizer is now facing serious lawsuits.

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Cotolone

Cotolone is an immunosuppressive drug that is associated with cataracts, bone loss, and a weakening immune system. It’s not a drug to use without giving serious thought to the side effects.

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Cytoxan

Cytoxan is another chemotherapy drug. It’s used to slow or stop cell growth but has been shown to cause fevers and pneumonia.

Xanax

Xanax is used to treat anxiety that can be addictive when used in high quantities for extended periods of time. It’s dangerous when it’s used in high quantities or coupled with alcohol.

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Ativan

Ativan is a drug used to treat anxiety. It is dangerous when used carelessly and can put its users at risk of addiction. In severe cases of misuse, it can cause fatal seizure activity.

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Tramadol

Tramadol, also known as Ultram, is used to treat a number of pain-related scenarios, including post-operations, cancer, and chronic conditions. There are numerous warnings about Tramadol, specifically concerning addiction, and users are put at risk for seizures.

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