Top 5 Worst Prescription Drug Side Effects
Posted on Jul 18, 2011

5. Amnesia

Although total amnesia is incredibly rare, some prescription drugs can also cause amnesia. This is the case for some users of Mirapex (generic name pramipexole). Mirapex was developed in 1997 to control the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and is also prescribed for people with Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). This medicine has several side effects, one of them is amnesia. Some patients reported short-term memory loss, such as not remembering what they did the day before. Going off Mirapex seemed to get rid of the problem. This side effect can also happen with patients who take statins, a class of drugs that are supposed to lower cholesterol. Duane Graveline, a former astronaut, reported coming back from a short walk and not recognizing his wife while he was taking Lipitor. Then he lost memories of any events beyond his high school graduation.

4. Enlarged Breasts (in men, sorry girls)

A hair loss cure on the market has a unique side effect, in that it can cause “gynecomastia”. What does this mean? It means the ability to grow lactating breasts. However, this disturbing side effect can be stopped by ceasing the intake of the medication. PROPECIA, for example, was developed to treat mild to moderate male pattern hair loss on the top of head and middle front of head in men only. It has been shown that the drug for propecia, Finasteride, increases both testosterone and estrogen while lowering serum levels of DHT. The increase in estrogen creates a side effect called gynecomastia, or breast enlargement, in some men, along with increased body fat and loss of libido.

3. Death

Unless you are planning to kill yourself with pills overdose, the least thing you would expect from a medicine to cause you is death. But for patients with arthritis, that’s a risk they may face while taking Celebrex. According to the product web page, Celebrex may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke that can lead to death. Serious skin reactions or stomach and intestine problems, such as bleeding and ulcers, can occur without warning and may cause death.

2. Decrease in Balls’ Size

Testosterone replacement therapy is used in patients who suffer from low testosterone levels. This therapy can resolve the effects of hormonal imbalance, but not without the possibility of side effects. While going under treatment, men should be aware of a ‘tiny’ possible effect, such as a decrease in their testicles size. Younger men may also experience decreased sperm counts while on testosterone replacement therapy. This can result in decreased fertility.

1. Cancer, Stroke, Dementia and Much More

One drug on the market, EvaMist — a treatment for menopause symptoms such as hot flashes — has possible side effects that include cancer, stroke, heart attack, blood clots, and dementia!


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