Prescription Medications – Drugs

The Scary Truth About Prescription Drugs

This should go without saying, but some people don’t really understand the purpose of Prescription Medications and their role in healing. Drugs treat symptoms, drugs do NOT CURE, only the body can cure. It’s really just that simple.

Drugs are foreign to the body, synthetic substances created to alleviate a symptom. When you fall ill you don’t fall ill because of a drug deficiency. I have too often read posts of patients suffering and their treatment includes a handful of pills. These people continue to take these pills over and over, and guess what? They do not get better? Why? Because the medications are not designed to “fix” the cause, they are designed to treat the “symptom”.

Now I am not about to suggest that “Drugs are Bad”, I am only going to suggest that you consider what your medications are doing for you and your recovery. So many people start a medication, then another, then another to the point where they really have no idea what is helping and what is not. And their Doctors are not sure either. Read the fine print on prescriptions and dig a little into the research behind a particular medication and you’ll uncover statements like “The exact mechanism of … are unknown”.

Drugs are required to pass an evaluation period under FDA Supervision. This means the drug has been tested for a specific purpose. This does not mean the drug is “safe”. All drugs have side effects. It’s your responsibility to dig in and figure out what those side effects are and how they effect you as a patient. It’s your responsibility to keep your Physician in the loop.

Here is an example of Side Effects for the Drug Neurontin (Generic: Gabapentin)

Approximately 7% of the 2074 patients > 12 years of age and approximately 7% of the 449 pediatric patients 3 to 12 years of age who received Neurontin in premarketing clinical trials discontinued treatment because of an adverse event.

The list of “Adverse Events” for this Drug during clinical trials is staggering and include specific conditions far to vast to list here. How ever I will list the parts of the body that events were reported:

  • Body As A Whole – Frequent
  • Cardiovascular System – Frequent
  • Digestive System – Frequent
  • Endocrine System – Rare
  • Hematologic and Lymphatic System – Frequent
  • Musculoskeletal System – Frequent
  • Nervous System – Frequent
  • Respiratory System – Frequent
  • Dermatological – inFrequent
  • Urogenital System – inFrequent
  • Special Senses – Frequent

Here is an example of the conditions for the “Special Senses” category:

Special Senses: Frequent: abnormal vision; Infrequent: cataract, conjunctivitis, eyes dry, eye pain, visual field defect, photophobia, bilateral or unilateral ptosis, eye hemorrhage, hordeolum, hearing loss, earache, tinnitus, inner ear infection, otitis, taste loss, unusual taste, eye twitching, ear fullness; Rare: eye itching, abnormal accommodation, perforated ear drum, sensitivity to noise, eye focusing problem, watery eyes, retinopathy, glaucoma, iritis, corneal disorders, lacrimal dysfunction, degenerative eye changes, blindness, retinal degeneration, miosis, chorioretinitis, strabismus, eustachian tube dysfunction, labyrinthitis, otitis externa, odd smell.

Gabapentin was originally approved in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1994 for use as an adjunctive medication to control partial seizures (effective when added to other antiseizure drugs). In 2002, an indication was added for treating postherpetic neuralgia (neuropathic pain following shingles, other painful neuropathies, and nerve related pain).

So the FDA has approved Neurontin/Gabapentin for 2 conditions! However it is prescribed by Physicians to treat a huge list of ailments. Those Aliments were not part of the clinical trials! And Neurontin/Gabapentin is one of those “exact mechanism of action is unknown” drugs. This simply means it seemed to work in clinical trials for most people (The 7% who were not forced to drop out due to adverse effects), but is widely prescribed for conditions for which it has not even been tested! Kind of scary don’t you think?

Be very cautious, as the intention of these medications is to relieve pain while your body heals. If your body does not heal while on the Meds then you risk becoming physically dependent. Medications ALL have side effects. Narcotics ruin your liver. Benzodiazepines are extremely dangerous to your brain and behavior, and wreck havoc on your liver, may give you undesired hallucinations, and may rebound on you and make it impossible for you to sleep.

Drugs heal nothing! They merely give you a chance to feel less pain and suffering while you work on finding the CAUSE of your problems.

Wake up! It’s not healthy to douse your brain in chemicals! And drugs don’t just go to your Brain (Where most drugs are intended to effect) they travel to every organ and every tissue that has blood supply.

Posted by on Jul 17th, 2008 and filed under Back Pain, Drugs, Neck Pain, Pain Management. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response by filling following comment form or trackback to this entry from your site

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