Some drugs that have become everyday for certain groups of people can cause unpleasant side effects, others can even kill. A careful study of the list of contraindications and side effects may seem boring, but the consequences of “safe” medications may be such that boredom seems to be the preferred choice.
Antibiotics saved an unimaginable number of lives and for a long time they were deservedly considered almost a panacea. Nevertheless, taking them for any cold can be extremely dangerous - while developing resistance to antibiotics and vulnerability to mutated microorganisms.
Statins are drugs that lower blood cholesterol, touted to be completely safe. And yet, artificial cholesterol control is not for everyone's benefit. Side effects of some of the statins include diabetes, liver failure, brain damage, and death.
Antidepressants contain serotonin - the main neurotransmitter responsible for a person’s good mood. But prolonged use of antidepressants can cause a condition called akathisia, a nervous breakdown that requires constant movement. A neglected form of akathisia often leads to suicide.
Anticoagulants, colloquially - blood thinners, weaken the activity of the blood coagulation system and prevent the formation of blood clots. The problem is that if the dosage is incorrect, even a small scratch can cause heavy bleeding leading to death.
Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, is one of the most popular painkillers and antipyretics. However, few people know about the danger of an overdose leading to irreversible damage to the liver and death.
Cortisone is very effective in the fight against chronic adrenal insufficiency and helps to restore the body after sports injuries, but with prolonged use it can lead to significant harm. Side effects include diabetes, tendon rupture, cataracts, and osteoporosis.
Chemotherapeutic agents are designed to fight cancer, and in fact are poison that kills both sick and healthy cells in the body. It is surprising that many people are not aware of their dangers, perceiving them as ordinary medicines. Misuse of chemotherapeutic agents leads to a quick and very painful death.
Beta-blockers are used to lower blood pressure in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and hypertension. But you should make a mistake with the dose, and the pressure will drop too much, and you will earn hypotension. Side effects also include impotence.
Aspirin is inexpensive, effective and therefore extremely popular. Many people take it without hesitation in order to bring down the temperature or relieve a headache. Needless to say, an overdose of aspirin is incredibly dangerous? Up to internal bleeding and paralysis of the respiratory tract.
Celecoxib is used as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic for arthritis and other joint inflammations, as well as an experimental anti-cancer drug. But its high doses lead to a load on the heart and a high risk of a heart attack.