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"May cause swelling of the face, hands, or eyes. In some cases, a rare but serious blood condition develops.
Yellowing of the skin and eyes.
[Insert drug name here] increases the chance of stroke and heart attack. Do not take [ insert drug name again] if you have a weakened immune system from conditions such as HIV."
And it goes on, and on, and on....
Horrifying, indeed! Have any of you been seeing the more and more frequent commercials for medicines that cause crazy negative effects and these law firms have class action suits? One was for a medicine that caused boys/men to develop female breasts. Pharmies are so sketch but people take them without hesitation as doctors prescribe more and more.... what in the world will it be next, pharmaceutical grade COMMON SENSE would be a good one!
originally posted by: catt3
a reply to: kosmicjack
I have taken a lot of different medications in the last 14 years and I haven't had many side effects, they do list them all to avoid lawsuits, but a very small percentage of people experience any of the side effects.
What I'm talking about is direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising, that barrage of ads you see on TV and in magazines and newspapers, or on the radio and Internet. They're ads telling you to run right out and ask your doctor if this or that pill would be right for you.
Some drug companies have even taken to advertising highly specialized medical devices, like heart stents.
It's a marketing bonanza that's turned America into a medicated mass of people who've been brain-washed into thinking that taking pills will make everything better―even for ailments you might not have. But it's a brilliant move for Big Pharma, who has now turned the consumer into their very own sales rep, and a persuasive one at that. Not only is there a correlation between the amount of money drug companies spend on DTC advertising and the brand of drug patients request from their physicians, but the data shows DTC advertising rapidly converts people into patients.
Among respondents who had seen a doctor with the past three months and remembered seeing an ad for a prescription drug, approximately 40-50 percent said that an advertisement for a prescription drug had caused them to seek more information, for example, about the drug and their health.
More than a quarter (27 percent) of survey respondents in the first survey and 18 percent in the second survey who had seen a doctor in the last three months said that an ad for a prescription drug had caused them to ask a doctor about a medical condition or illness that they had not talked to a doctor about before.
Approximately 7 percent of respondents said they visited their doctor because of something they read or saw, or because of an ad for a prescription drug.
Forty-two percent of respondents agreed strongly or somewhat agreed that DTC ads make it seem as though the drug will work for everyone.
About 75 percent believed that DTC ads caused patients to think the drug works better than it did, and many physicians felt some pressure to prescribe something when patients mentioned DTC ads.
Only 40 percent of physicians believed that patients understood well the possible risks and negative effects of an advertised drug from the DTC ad alone.
Eight percent of physicians felt very pressured and 20 percent felt somewhat pressured to prescribe the specific brand name drug when the patient asked the physician to do so.
originally posted by: sanitizedinfo
a reply to: anonentity
In December 2011 I was hospitalized due to severely loud and scary visual/audible "hallucination". I regret not letting the doctors use a nueraleptic. I asked for something without side effects. The quack lied and said a new drug " latuda" was without side effects. My group home called my psychiatrist and said I couldn't return if risperdal was stopped. I told the doctor if I get any side effects I would sue him. He threatened me that he would claim harrassment. Within a week out I started twitching my neck. My voices got worse after 5 months. Again I was hospitalized and was put on zyprexa. Another fail. Then got diabetes. Then my right arm developed a burning sensation, which lasted a month, I went in to the emergency room and because I said to the voices to shut up they never treated my arm and put me in lockup. Coincidently it was a blessing, another patient
Had a lidocain patch, over two weeks my arm felt better. It took another hospitalization after that to get a nueraleptic which didn't fully stop the voices but blocked the crazy loud sounds.