Dangerous Drugs

People have become very dependent on prescription drugs: if they are not feeling well they can just ask their doctors to give them a cure or medicine. Although these medications can be very beneficial and convenient, they can also have severe side effects. What’s more is that most people don’t know or are not aware that many of the medications that they are taking are among the dangerous drugs that the FDA has been looking into.

The FDA studies have found out that women who have been taking the popular birth-control pill Yaz (or the sister pill Yasmin) have increased their risk of fatal blood clots by 2-3 times. According to the website of Williams and Kherkher, aside from blood clots women are also at risk of gall bladder disease, strokes, and heart attacks. This danger is mainly due to the high level of drospirenone. The FDA has already made actions against the manufacturers of Yaz and Yasmin (Bayer Pharmaceuticals), updating the warning on the label for risks of blood clots on the legs and arms, as well as other precautions such as not taking the pill before or after surgery or when already suffering from health complications.

Another prescription drug that the FDA has also warned people about is Topamax, made Johnson & Johnsons’. Although the FDA has approved the use of the drug as treatment for people suffering from epilepsy and migraines, recent studies have shown that mothers who have taken Topamax while pregnant have exposed their babies to birth defects such as cleft palate and cleft lip. These oral defects can significantly cause health complications to the newborns, particularly to ear infections. Many women were unaware of the risks that came with taking Topamax while pregnant, and as testified by Williams Kherkher, lawsuits against the manufacturer has been on the rise.

All medications, whether prescribed or over-the-counter, legal or illegal, has side effects. It is therefore important to understand or weigh whether the benefits outweighs the risks that come with taking any of these dangerous drugs.