21 September 2012

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Top 5 Ridiculously Bad Side Effects Of Prescription Drugs

Most prescription drugs can have bad side effects, but most of the time they’re quotidian things like dry mouth, nausea or an upset stomach. However, there are those drugs whose side effects are so awful that it makes the patient wonder if it’s better to take the drugs and risk those side effects or just endure their disease. Side effects tend to be even worse when the patient is over 65. Still, most truly dreadful side effects are quite rare. But among the five worst side effects are:


Most prescription drugs can have bad side effects, but most of the time they’re quotidian things like dry mouth, nausea or an upset stomach. However, there are those drugs whose side effects are so awful that it makes the patient wonder if it’s better to take the drugs and risk those side effects or just endure their disease. Side effects tend to be even worse when the patient is over 65. Still, most truly dreadful side effects are quite rare. But among the five worst side effects are:


  Hearing Loss
Strangely, this is a side effect of Vancocin HCL, an antibiotic that’s meant to ease diarrhea. Other side effects are a ringing or feeling of fullness in the ear. Of course, if a patient suddenly goes deaf when taking Vancocin, they should contact their physician immediately. Tussionex, a cough suppressant, can also cause ringing in the ears.

Uncontrollable Bodily Movements
One of the side effects of muscle relaxants like Carisoprodil or Robaxisal is an uncontrollable flapping of the hands. Certain estrogens meant to treat osteoporosis can also cause jerky, uncontrollable movements. Old fashioned antipsychotics like Stelazine, Mellaril and Thorazine can cause uncontrolled, snakelike movements of the tongue. Fiorinal, used to treat headaches, also can lead to uncontrollable hand flapping.

Hallucinations
A variety of prescription drugs cause hallucinations. These can include the above mentioned muscle relaxants. A side effect of an SSRI like Prozac can also cause hallucinations. Hallucinations are also a possible side effect of a cough suppressant like Hycodan. A drug used to treat urinary tract infections like Gantrisin can also cause hallucinations. Donnazyme, a pancreatic enzyme, also has hallucinations as one of its numerous side effects.

Disorders of the Skin or Mucous Membranes
Many prescription drugs can cause rashes or hives as a side effect, but other drugs cause truly weird things to happen to the skin. White patches that appear in the mouth or throat are a side effect of drugs like Azmacort and Beclovent, which are corticosteroids designed to treat asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. The antifungal drug Lotrimin can cause blisters, peeling and many other sorts of nasty skin conditions. Other drugs, like drugs used for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, can cause jaundice. Sores and white spots in the mouth or throat are also a side effect of Ridaura, an anti-arthritis medication. Lopurin, a drug that treats gout, can cause skin to develop tiny red marks and to grow red, scaly and thick. It can also cause the fingernails to become loose and cause boils on the nose.

Seizures
A lot of prescription meds can cause seizures. One side effect of the antihistamine Temaril is seizures. Interestingly, though Temaril can be used by humans, it is also a veterinary drug used for itching in dogs. Cogentin and other antiparkinson drugs also have seizures as a side effect. Other drugs that have seizures as one of its possible side effects are Dramamine, the old standby for treating nausea, and Reglan, another anti-nausea drug. Norgesic, taken for muscle injuries, can also cause the patient to experience seizures. It can also cause hallucinations.



About Today's Guest Writer:
Frank Coulter is a clinical psychologist and guest author at BestPsychologyDegrees.org, a site with reviews of top-rated online psychology degree programs.


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