From the usual painkillers to hormone replacements, modern medications have certainly done a lot to improve a person’s quality of life and living. However, even modern medicines have unpleasant side effects that may be too dangerous or too annoying for users. As such, here are the top 10 popular prescription medications in the US – together with their surprising and dangerous side effects.
Synthroid (Levothyroxine Sodium)
Synthroid is a synthetic thyroid hormone that is widely used to treat hypothyroidism. Most people who take this drug need to take it for life, because it replaces a hormone that is usually produced by the thyroid gland.
When not taken correctly, it may cause hyperthyroidism if there’s too much of the drug. A rare side effect of taking the drug during the first few months is partial hair loss. Other side effects include irregular heartbeats, tremors, excessive sweating, chest pains, frequent bowel movements, impaired fertility and decreased bone density.
Crestor (Rosuvastatin Calcium)
Crestor is a synthetic drug that slows the production of cholesterol. It is often used by people who need to lower their cholesterol level and triglycerides. It is also recommended to reduce the chances of heart diseases caused by high cholesterol levels.
Serious side effects may include muscle problems, especially for those who are 65 years or older. Some also report to have elevated blood sugar, and memory loss & confusion. Liver problems may also arise, including the yellowing of the skin and darker urine. More common side effects include headaches, nausea and abdominal pain.
Nexium reduces the amount of acid in the stomach, and is used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is also used to facilitate the healing of the esophagus caused by stomach acid.
Side effects may include dizziness, irregular heart rate, seizures, diarrhea, muscle cramps and even some choking feeling. Common side effects include dry mouth, drowsiness and headaches.
Ventolin HFA (albuterol)
Ventolin is used to treat breathing problems, especially for those who have asthma. It widens the airways in the lungs to help users breathe easily.
Serious side effects include worsening trouble breathing, wheezing, heart problems, and even death because of too much Ventolin. Others may also experience an increase in blood sugar, and allergic reactions.
Advair Diskus (Fluticasone Propionate)
Advair is also used by people suffering from asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is a combination of inhalation drugs that is used by patients whose symptoms cannot be controlled by long-term asthma medication.
Serious side effects include respiratory tract infections, musculoskeletal pain, chest pains, abnormal heart palpitations, fever, chills, or worsening asthma symptoms.
Diovan is widely used to lower blood pressure and to improve the blood flow. It is also prescribed as a treatment for heart failures, and to lower risks of deaths after having a heart attack.
Diovan may cause allergic reactions to takers. In rare cases, it may even cause in the breakdown of the skeletal muscle tissue, eventually leading to kidney failure. Other side effects include little urinating, pounding heartbeats, shortness of bread and a light-headed feeling.
What To Do If You Have Experienced Dangerous Side Effects From Popular Prescription Medications
If you have used any of these popular prescription medications and experienced damaging side effects, don’t hesitate to contact the Michigan product liability lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates. Our team of lawyers has over 100 years of combined legal experience and can fight the insurance company on your behalf. Contact our law firm today for a free case evaluation.