This is from the drug companies themselves. In other words, this isn't even from the people who are anti-drug treatment for the common symptoms of a life ignored, but from the companies who actually offer the magic pills as a remedy.

You ready?

"Common side effects of FLOMAX are runny nose, dizziness and decrease in semen. A sudden decrease in blood pressure may occur upon standing, rarely resulting in fainting. So when starting FLOMAX, avoid situations where injury could result. If considering cataract surgery, tell your eye surgeon you have taken FLOMAX capsules."

Hmm. Not too bad.
What about the possible side effects of XANAX?

"Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
• unusual risk-taking behavior, decreased inhibitions, no fear of danger;
• depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
• hyperactivity, agitation, hostility, hallucinations;
• feeling light-headed, fainting;
• seizure (convulsions);
• urinating less than usual or not at all;
• muscle twitching, tremor; or
• jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as:
• drowsiness, dizziness, feeling irritable;
• amnesia or forgetfulness, trouble concentrating;
• sleep problems (insomnia);
• muscle weakness, lack of balance or coordination, slurred speech;
• blurred vision;
• nausea, vomiting, constipation, appetite or weight changes;
• dry or watery mouth, increased sweating; or
• loss of interest in sex."

Whew! Okay, what about a little help with sleeping? This is from the AMBIEN site:

"Serious side effects may include temporary amnesia, drug dependence, withdrawal symptoms when the drug is stopped after being used on a regular basis, excessively outgoing or aggressive behavior, confusion, agitation, strange behavior, hallucinations, depression, and suicidal thoughts."

Okay, fine, then, how about our favorite...

"Possible side effects of VIAGRA:
Nasal Congestion
Urinary Tract Infection
Abnormal Vision
• Only Viagra® causes color-vision problems.
• Cialis® causes muscle aches in about 5 percent of patients.
• Viagra® and Levitra® last about four hours in the bloodstream. Cialis® stays in the bloodstream much longer (it has a 17.5-hour half life) and can therefore be effective for more than a day."

Man, that's a lot of suffering to get it up, especially at an age when we should still be able to get it up naturally... if we weren't so fat, drunk and depressed.

What about RITALIN for hyperactive kids? Again, this is from the drug company website:

"Stop taking methylphenidate and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
• fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats;
• feeling light-headed, fainting;
• increased blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, trouble concentrating, chest pain, numbness, seizure);
• fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;
• aggression, restlessness, hallucinations, unusual behavior, or motor tics (muscle twitches); or
• easy bruising, purple spots on your skin.
Continue taking methylphenidate and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:
• vision problems;
• mild skin rash;
• dizziness;
• nervous feeling, sleep problems (insomnia);
• nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite; or
• weight loss."

Oh yeah, definitely a drug we should consider for kids, right?!

How about these three drug options for high blood pressure:

"BETA-BLOCKERS — Acebutolol (Sectral), atenolol (Tenormin), metoprolol (Lopressor, Mepressor, Merol), nadolol (Corgard), pindolol (Visken), propranolol (Inderal) or timolol (Blocadren) may cause insomnia, cold hands and feet, tiredness or depression, a slow heartbeat or symptoms of asthma. Impotence may occur. If you have diabetes and you’re taking insulin, have your responses to therapy monitored closely.
ACE INHIBITORS — These drugs, such as captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril (Zestril or Prinivil), may cause a skin rash; loss of taste; a chronic dry, hacking cough most common side effect; and in rare instances, kidney damage.
Angiotensin II receptor blockers — These drugs may cause occasional dizziness.
Calcium channel blockers — Diltiazem (Cardizem), nicardipine (Cardene), Nifedipine (Procardia) and verapamil (Calan or Isoptin) may cause palpitations, swollen ankles edema, constipation, headache or dizziness. Side effects with each of these drugs differ a great deal."

I don't know, what do you think? Is our medical-pharmaceutical-corporate-political complex really operating in our best interest? Are we really so dumb and numb and easily hypnotized that we just walk into zombiehood without protest? I'd love to hear from you.

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loff56 said...

No doubt the wool is being pulled over our eyes by the drug companies. Though I would argue that the more egregious crime that these companies commit is charging an arm and a leg for the medicines that people do legitimately need. But that's a whole other topic.
As far as these designer drugs are concerned, it's simply capitalism at it's best. Or rather it's worst, depending on if you own stock in one of these companies or if you're one of the suckers that actually buy their crap.
Literately the drug companies are "capitalizing" on people's fears.
Your child is not doing well in school, it must be because of ADD, give him ridilin. You can't sleep, well it's probably not stress, overworking, or anxiety, it must be a chemical imbalance; here take Ambien. You can't get it up; It's all in your head (the one below the belt), here try Viagra!
Clearly the fact that these guys can get away with selling crap like that is reprehensible. But on the other side of the coin it's very much "buyer beware". PT Barnum said there's a sucker born every minute. As for all those people who buy drugs aimed at curing "Restless Leg Syndrome" (What the hell is that?), we now know which ones amongst us are the ones that were born when the second hand reached the top of the clock.
(By the way I'm looking for investors for my latest drug which will vastly improve the lives of those who suffer from "Itchy Elbow Syndrome" or IES as it's known in the industry. Any takers?)
One last thought though. I will say that the warnings that you have exhaustively listed for us remind me of the warnings you'll find on coffee cups now that say, "Caution: Hot". DUH!!! Well, for the most part if you start experiencing one of those symptoms so kindly listed as "side effects" by the company (regardless of whether or not you're taking that drug), aren't you going to go see a doctor anyway. I don't care if I take an Advil, if my skin starts turning yellow, I'm going to see a doctor. DUH!!! But I guess those warnings are for those dumb people that actually buy the drugs in the first place; the same dumb people who need to be warned that the cup of coffee they're holding in their hand is hot!!!
But like I said; to capitalize on people's fears, or their stupidity for that matter, is simply reprehensible.

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