Stream of Consciousness

Friday, September 03, 2004

Side effects may include headache, abdominal cramping, death

There have been a lot of Pharmaceutical companies running ad campaigns for a variety of medications. In these ads they have to list all the common side effects, which in many cases after hearing them makes one wonder why anyone would take these medications. I've seen insomnia medications that can cause insomnia, and Zoloft, a medication for depression, social anxiety and panic disorders, can cause tremors and agitation. The latest and worst yet is a psoriasis treatment called Enbrel, whose first mentioned side effect is infections that are sometimes fatal. It also warns to tell your doctor if you develop "multiple sclerosis, seizures, or inflammation of the nerves of the eyes" after you begin taking it. The cure sounds worse than the disease! Is clear skin worth dying over? I know it's probably very rare that these instances occur, but hearing a sales pitch for a new drug that includes "and oh yeah, you might die" wouldn't have me running to the doctor begging for a prescription.



    By Blogger David, at 2:03 PM  

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