Could These Prescription Drugs Kill You?
by Carlton Pruitt
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Each year there are over 200,000 deaths resulting from prescription drugs. This outnumbers the amount of people killed each year from automobile deaths.
Many of these deaths result from respiratory depressants which make it difficult to breath such as anti-anxiety drugs mixed with anti-psychotic drugs. Thus wrong drug combinations along with overdoses can and do lead to serious and fatal illnesses.
One reason middle age people are experiencing drug related deaths is because of chronic pain, operations and on the job injuries. Work place injuries cause dependencies on drugs since they help alleviate pain resulting from those injuries. The same goes for chronic pain as the body ages and begins to wear out. Sometimes deaths occur when taking prescription drugs because people take their doses too closely together.
Other reasons for death include drug combinations given by different physicians who are not in close communication. If a patient is seeing more than one physician and these physicians are not in close communication the patient may be getting a deadly combination of drugs or a lethal dosage. This may have been the reason for actor Heath Ledger's death in 2008.
Below is a partial list of drugs that have been linked to the side effects listed. This list is a subset of all drugs for which serious side effects have been reported. Consult with your physician concerning the side effects of every drug you are prescribed and, in particular, of the following:
The drug Amiodarone was used on my cousin Rick Overall to treat an irregular heart beat and was probably given in the wrong dosage. He died an untimely death in 2010 as a result of malpractice at the hands of an incompetent doctor. Unfortunately doctors often get away with malpractice because
a family member is not able to prevail against the medical establishment and their top notch attorneys.
Beware of the below listed drugs. I advise against them.
Amiodarone- used to treat and prevent certain types of serious, life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias (a certain type of abnormal heart rhythm when other medications did not help or could not be tolerated. Amiodarone is in a class of medications called antiarrhythmics. It works by relaxing overactive heart muscles.
Amiodarone may cause lung damage that can be serious or life-threatening.Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had any type of lung disease or if you have ever developed lung damage or breathing problems while taking amiodarone. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: fever, shortness of breath, wheezing, other breathing problems, cough, or coughing or spitting up blood.
Avandia (Type II Diabetes drug) heart toxicity (including heart attacks, strokes, heart failure)
Byetta (Type II Diabetes drug) acute pancreatitis; renal insufficiency; kidney failure; pancreatic cancer
Avastin (cancer drug) gastrointestinal abnormalities (including perforation); kidney dysfunction; reduced white blood cell count; severe bleeding; heart attacks; strokes; and blood clots
Ketek (antibiotic) liver toxicity
Omniflox (antibiotic) hemolytic anemia
Trovan (antibiotic) liver toxicity
Quinolones (antibiotics including Cipro, Levaquin, Floxin, and Tequin) central nervous system and tendon toxicity; heart toxicity (including arrhtyhmias and QTc interval prolongation); convulsions; torsade de pointes; hypoglycemia; heightened risk of colonization with MRSA
Doribax (antibiotic) seizures, liver toxicity, thrombosis, serious skin reactions
Meridia (weight loss drug) heart arrhythmias; heart attacks; strokes
Orlistat (weight loss drug, including Xenical and Alli) liver toxicity and rectal bleeding
Bisphosphonates (Boniva, Fosamax, Actonel) (drugs for osteopenia and osteoporosis) esophageal cancer, jaw necrosis, brittle bones
Serevent (asthma drug) increased risk of death from asthma
Singulair (asthma drug) increased risk of behavioral changes and suicide
Accolate (asthma drug) increased risk of behavioral changes and suicide
Zyflo (asthma drug) increased risk of behavioral changes and suicide
Trasylol (drug to lessen bleeding after surgery) heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure
Lotronex (irritable bowel syndrome drug) ischemic colitis
Zelnorm (irritable bowel syndrome drug) heart attacks and strokes
Baycol (cholesterol lowering drug) muscle injury (myopathy), including heart failure, and kidney toxicity
Crestor (cholesterol lowering drug) muscle injury (myopathy), including heart failure and the rapid breakdown of skeletal muscle (rhabdomyalysis)
Zocor (cholesterol lowering drug) kidney failure; liver toxicity; interstitial lung disease; tendon ruptures; muscle injury (myopathy), including heart failure and the rapid breakdown of skeletal muscle (rhabdomyalysis)
Zetia (cholesterol lowering drug) liver toxicity (including liver damage, liver disease, liver failure); kidney failure; hepatitis; acute pancreatitis; and very low platelet levels in the blood (thrombocytopenia)
Vytorin (cholesterol lowering drug) liver toxicity (including liver damage, liver disease, liver failure); liver failure; hepatitis; hepatic necrosis; and rapid breakdown of skeletal muscle (rhabdomyalysis)
Bextra (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) heart toxicity (including heart attacks and strokes)
Accutane (rheumatoid arthritis relief) liver toxicity
Arava (rheumatoid arthritis relief) liver toxicity
Humira/Prolia (rheumatoid arthritis relief) serious infections, neurologic reactions, malignancies
Chantix (smoking cessation drug) increased risk of suicide
Seldane (antihistamine) heart arrhythmias
Propulsid (heart burn relief) heart arrhythmias
Yasmin (oral contraceptive) pancreatitis
Ocella (oral contraceptive) blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, strokes, heart attacks, gall bladder disease, kidney failure, pancreatitis, and death
Gianvi (oral contraceptive) blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, strokes, heart attacks, gall bladder disease, kidney failure, pancreatitis, and death
Avodart (drug for enlarged prostate) increased risk of breast cancer
Propecia (drug for enlarged prostate) increased risk of breast cancer
Proscar (drug for enlarged prostate) increased risk of breast cancer
Reclast (drug for menopause) renal impairment
Prempro/Premarin/Provera (drugs for menopause) increased risk of breast cancer; strokes; heart attacks; cardiovascular disease; blood clots; urinary incontinence; cataracts; gout; joint degeneration; asthma; lupus; scleroderma; dementia; Alzheimers disease; lung, ovarian, endometrial, and gall bladder cancer; and melonoma
Paxil (antidepressant) increased risk of suicide
Zoloft (antidepressant) increased risk of suicide
Effexor (antidepressant) increased risk of suicide
Clozapine (antipsychotic drug) heart toxicity (including heart attack and stroke)
Exjade (iron chelator) linked to sudden death
In summary I would advise against taking most prescription drugs since they are synthetic creations of both chemicals and herbs and opt for the safer, natural solution such as herbs or enzyme or vitamin and mineral therapy. This may mean finding a doctor who practices unconventional medicine such as naturopathy.
Herbs are safe when taken properly and they are God's answer for good health and treatment of many illnesses and compromised body systems.
"And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food." Genesis 1:29
Carlton Pruitt ministers the gospel to the Los Angeles area. Formerly a Hollywood actor (SAG member)and junk removal expert he now spends most of his time studying the scriptures, writing articles, hymns and poems and doing street preaching. See his videos on www.YouTube.com. Type in LAStreetPreacher in the search bar. CONTACT at Carlton2061@gmail.com
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