posted on Aug, 30 2016 @ 10:19 AM
Every time I see a drug commercial, it reminds me of the move to get tobacco products off the airwaves. Yeah, cigarettes are bad for me. But not as
bad as some of these drugs.
I just don't take medicine normally. A recent heart attack did have me popping some pills though. One of them was a low dose of Metoprolol, a common
beta-blocker that was prescribed " to give my bruised heart a chance to heal." I was on one-half of a 25mg pill per day. As time went on, I noticed
that the weakness and extreme fatigue I associate with a heart attack wasn't going away...it was getting worse!
I asked about it on my first follow-up and was told it was probably the Metaprolol. I obviously wanted off it, and the doc agreed, as long as I first
cut the dosage to 1/4 pill per day. It still kept getting worse, just more slowly. I did some research and found out that what it did was block the
effectiveness of epinephrine. The body uses epinephrine to get sudden energy from the muscles. But Metoprolol doesn't stop epinephrine production...
and epinephrine does something else: it stops production of nitric oxide, which is the primary chemical used to signal muscular action.
In other words, it stopped my reserve energy while allowing blockage of normal energy channels. I was turning into a zombie, weak, fatigued, and no
emotion or ambition.
I stopped it after less than a week of the even-lower dosage. My blood pressure jumped 20 points at first, but it's dropping back down. I'm slowly
getting back to being me. But the really scary part is that when I was looking up side effects, I also had been showing symptoms considered
dangerous... flashing colors in my vision, difficulty concentrating, light-headedness. I spoke with my pharmacist yesterday about what I had read and
he said it was probably a good thing I had stopped when I did.
Those symptoms can indicate a growing probability of brain damage.
That's a common blood pressure pill, at a low dosage. What can some of the newer, high-octane drugs do? And we advertise them to the general public en
masse, with happy images and soothing music while the fact that it can kill you is printed in small print at the bottom of the screen.
And people like to warn me about smoking... sheesh!