Unusual Side Effects of Prescription Drugs

June 6, 2016 - - 0 CommentsUnusual Side Effects of Prescription Drugs

Overstaying their welcome

The most commonly abused prescription drugs fall into three categories: Painkillers, Depressants and Stimulants.

herhouse_side_effect_pres_drugsThese medications can be incredibly beneficial when prescribed for you by a doctor.   However, when taken without a prescription or not as directed they can become dangerous and addictive, even deadly.  The side effect of any prescribed drug comes with warnings that should never go unheeded.

All drugs are chemicals that affect the body!  Prescription drugs are medications legitimately prescribed by doctors to treat a variety of health problems.  A false assumption is that since they’re legal when a physician prescribes them then they must be safer than illegal drugs.

This is not always the case.  An unheralded consequence is they can alter a person’s thinking and judgment, leading to health risks, including addiction, drugged driving and infectious disease.  Even if a person is prescribed a certain medication, taking more of that drug, or taking it more often than recommended, is foolish and unsafe.

Abnormal side effects of prescription drugs like painkillers, depressants and stimulants include respiratory depression, dizziness, slurred speech, poor concentration, feelings of confusion, increased heart rate and breathing, excessive sweating, vomiting, tremors, anxiety, hostility and aggression, suicidal and homicidal tendencies, convulsions, lack of energy, inability to concentrate, nausea and vomiting, apathy, heart attacks, addiction, coma, and even death.

They’re addictive…and deadly!

Prescription painkillers, depressants and stimulants attach to particular sites in the brain called opioid receptors, which carry messages to the brain.  When you take prescription painkillers, the message the brain receives is changed, so that pain is no longer perceived as painful.

Because of their effect on the brain, prescription painkillers, depressants and stimulants can be highly addictive when used for non-medical purposes.  Even patients who are prescribed painkillers for a long time can develop a ‘physical dependence’, meaning that the body becomes accustomed to having the drug.  Most of these drugs could even potentially harm an unborn baby.

In teens, depressants can cause depression, confusion, exhaustion and irritability.  Since they work by slowing the brain’s activity they can diminish heartbeat and respiration to dangerously low levels.  This is especially true when depressants are combined with alcohol or over the counter medications.  It’s a combination that can even lead to death.

Prescription stimulants affect the brain through a slow and steady release of neurotransmitters.  When prescribed and taken correctly, under medical supervision, these drugs can help treat a few health conditions, including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and occasionally, depression.

Excessive vomiting, tremors, sweating and anxiety are just some of the unpredictable side effects attributed to using stimulants.

When stimulants are taken over a long period of time, stimulant abusers run the risk of developing suicidal or homicidal tendencies, paranoia and cardiovascular collapse.

Many drugs can be physically and emotionally debilitating, including causing total or partial paralysis or severe pain.  This includes headaches, stomachaches, joint and muscle pain and decreased control over bodily functions.

From deadly cancer to fatal heart attacks, some prescription drugs have been known to cause either slow or immediate death.

Problems related to the heart, including heart attacks, congestive heart failure, lifelong heart damage and cardiomyopathy have been linked to many prescription drugs.  In some cases the drugs cause an increase in water-weight gain causing heart failure or a heart attack.

Sometimes these side effects are caused by the drug’s numbing effect on the area of the brain responsible for pain perception.

Probably one of the most shocking and overwhelming side effects of prescription drugs is cancer.  Perhaps that’s because most people spend their lives avoiding known carcinogens, such as cigarette smoking.  When patients learn that their prescription drugs can be carcinogenic, they feel angry and misled.

Some drugs have been linked to other significant side effects, including losing the sense of taste, amnesia, sight loss and hallucinations.  For all patients, the best way to combat all of these problems is to carefully read the drug’s label and ask the doctor or pharmacist detailed questions.

If you are still struggling with this dependency seek professional help at a facility that specializes in this type of addiction.

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