Group Question of the Day: Terrible Listed Warnings and Side Effects!

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   Posted 8/9/2011 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, is anyone else a bit freaked out by the listed side effects and drug warnings that you see online or even on commercials?
These are just a few I have come across:

- Temporary Blindness

- Vaginal Swelling

- Profuse Bleeding from the Anus

- Uncontrollable Prostate Enlargement (can you normally control it?)

and my favorite

- (and I quote) Buttocks Muscle Wasting!!! << What the ...?

I don't even want to know

skull um, I won't be taking ANY of these any time soon! skull

Anyone have any good ones?

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   Posted 8/9/2011 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
projectile vomiting
explosive diarrhea
spontaneous leaking of urine
and...DEATH. 'If you suffer this fatal side effect please call your physican immediately'.  No duh...from the grave?

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   Posted 8/9/2011 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I totally agree, I just afraid some of the meds I take now will end up on the list of really awfull things that can happen  to you should you take some of these meds.
Not only are the side effects horrible, then there are the ambulance chasing lawyers who put there ads up, "if you have taken ............and had these things happen to you", the list ranges from awful to death.  Yeah, thats what I want to see.  I no longer read side effects, all of the meds I take, I have taken for years.  Plus, I am afraid if I read them, I will get the side effects, the power of those thoughts is strong. 
I know longer read about any diseases of any kind, when I was young, my mother had this physicians reference book, I used to look at the pictures, and when I was old enough read theses horrible diseases, and when I read them, I suddenly had all the signs of whatever I had read about, be it prostate cancer to well many things that I will never get, I have no prostate, but at that young age, I had no idea.
I certainly do no recommend my way of handling things, I know knowledge is power, but enought already.
Take care, and thanks that is something to think about.  But I guess I sometimes overthink.
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   Posted 8/9/2011 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, some of these warnings about potential side effects are a bit out there, and it wasn't that long ago you wouldn't see them, but in this day and age if a drug gave one person in a million a pimple they are listing it thanks to all the sue happy people and ambulance chasing lawyers out there who are happy to oblige them.

When I start a new med I do look at things like side effects, drug interactions, etc. When it comes to side effects though I try to locate the "raw" data to determine how likely they may be. It is one thing if 20 people out of 100 experienced it and quite another if it was 1 person in 5000.
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   Posted 8/9/2011 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Back on topic favorite is those asthma medicines that warn about it making someone's asthma worse.
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   Posted 8/9/2011 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep...there are some crazy side effects for all types of medication...

Whenever starting a new medicine...I talk to my Pharmacist and just ask him to tell me the few life threatening one's to watch out for and I pay no attention to the rest...The reason I do this as I know how the brain works and sometimes can be convinced into 'feeling' something that may not be there..LOL..

As well as I know that with most takes up to a month or so for the nuisance side effects to subside or go away...So I just need to be patient as a patient at times...:) Many people get off a medicine too quickly and don't give it enough time..

Although one thing of that a side effect can develop after taking a medicine for a long time...After many years on Percocets...I started getting nausea and stomach cramps...It turned out to be the Acetaminophen that was causing those issues since I switched over to OxyIR and literally within a week or so I felt SO much better...

Then I had to switch to MSContin...and that definitely gave me nausea and fatigue....but thankfully after a month I am pefectly fine and don't notice it anymore.

Another word of caution is that unless having a life threatening reaction/side effect..contacting the DR. and then getting off the medicine quickly....MOST medicines should be tapered slowly coming off of them..

I was on Cymbalta years ago...and my PM was fairly new with this when I went off it...I just stopped...Well that was a horrible week!!! The brain zaps...insomnia...tingling...nausea...blechhhhh.. So...I should have called my Pharmacist to ask about tapering slowly...but it was too late for that...learned my lesson!

So...a lot to know about our medicines...Working with our Dr.s and Pharmacists are the best way to go...
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   Posted 8/10/2011 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
For me the worst one was.... thoughts of suicide..... I experienced this while on Meloxicam cry
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   Posted 8/10/2011 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
On the humorous side, here's what Jeff Foxworthy says about side effects:

There are so many drugs out there. They advertise this prescription stuff, and I swear, nine times out of ten, the side-effects are fifty times worse than what the thing cures. It's like, "Try new Fluorofluor. For itchy, watery eyes, it's Fluorofluor. Side effects may include: nausea, vomiting, water weight gain, lower back pain, receding hairline, eczema, seporiasoriasis, itching, chafing clothing, liver spots, blood clots, ringworm, excessive body odor, uneven tire wear, pyorrhea, gonorrhea, diarrhea, halitosis, scoliosis, loss of bladder control, hammertoe, the shanks, low sperm count, warped floors, cluttered drawers, hunchback, heart attack, low resale value on your home... feline leukemia, athlete's foot, head lice, clubfoot, MS, MD, VD, fleas, anxiety, sleeplessness, drowsiness, poor gas mileage, tooth decay, parvo, warts, unibrow, lazy eye, fruit flies, chest pains, clogged drains, hemorrhoids, dry heaving and sexual dysfunction." I'm watching it, going, "You know what? I'll just have itchy, watery eyes..."
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