Big Pharma Has No Idea What the Hell Their Drug Will Do to You

Pharma DrugsKyle Wagner writes on Gizmodo:

Everyone’s cracked wise about cheerful voices in commercials telling us that an erectile dysfunction drug might make you blind, but have you ever read the full list of side effects? Prescription medication labels average an insane 70 possible side effects, according to a new study.

The study examined 5,600 medications, and found the worst offenders to be antidepressants, antiviral medications, and restless leg syndrome medications treatments. One especially ridiculous drug listed 525. The exhaustive lists fly in the face of FDA guidelines asking drug companies to keep the lists manageable. Obviously, 525 is a preposterous number of side effects to list on a label, but isn’t it just as concerning that we’re prescribing drugs that could go wrong in 500 different ways?

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  • DeepCough

    I ain’t exactly shocked by this, because a lot of that medication actually goes toward offsetting side effects from the previous medication, and like your average slippery slope, on and on it goes.

  • DeepCough

    I ain’t exactly shocked by this, because a lot of that medication actually goes toward offsetting side effects from the previous medication, and like your average slippery slope, on and on it goes.

  • Rex Vestri

    Big Pharma has also got everybody thinking that they need to be on meds these days; constantly trying to ‘invent’ new disorders and then using advertising to convince people to “ask your doctor/psychiatrist if [name] is right for you”.

    I went to the doctor (dermatologist) for the first time in years recently (been healthy, haven’t needed to go), and when the nurse/assistant was looking at my paperwork she was surprised to see that I had listed “none” in response to the question “what meds are you currently taking”. She said almost everybody is on something, if not several things, nowadays. That’s sad.

  • Rex Vestri

    Big Pharma has also got everybody thinking that they need to be strung out on some of their meds these days, constantly trying to ‘invent’ new disorders and then using advertising to convince people to “ask your doctor/psychiatrist if [name] is right for you”.

    I went to the doctor (dermatologist) for the first time in years recently, and when the nurse/assistant was looking at my paperwork she was surprised to see that I had listed “none” in response to the question “what meds are you currently taking”. She said almost everybody is on something, if not several things, now days. That’s sad.

  • cosmicserpent

    Am I the only fucker not taking prescribed medication??

    • GoodDoktorBad

      No, but it sure seems that way sometimes. 

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only fucker not taking prescribed medication??

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Unless you need to set some broken bones, have your insides sown back together or some bio-mechanical problem that needs immediate attention -stay the hell away from the succubus medical industry. 

    The key word here is “industry”. The motivations are almost purely for profit. You are nothing but a statistic in such a system. Good works are not high on the list of motivation.

    • SF2K01

      Along those lines, don’t take so many drugs when you are sick. Have a cold? Take some asprin for the pain and deal with it. You’ll come out stronger if you just suck it up and don’t dump anti-bacterials in your body every single time you get an infection. Otherwise your body will never learn to fight back when it’s actually in trouble!

      • GoodDoktorBad

        I agree completly.

      • JoiquimCouteau

        Don’t take aspirin.

  • Anonymous

    Unless you need to set some broken bones, have your insides sown back together or some bio-mechanical problem that needs immediate attention -stay the hell away from the succubus medical industry. 

    The key word here is “industry”. The motivations are almost purely for profit. You are nothing but a statistic in such a system. Good works are not high on the list of motivation.

  • Anonymous

    Unless you need to set some broken bones, have your insides sown back together or some bio-mechanical problem that needs immediate attention -stay the hell away from the succubus medical industry. 

    The key word here is “industry”. The motivations are almost purely for profit. You are nothing but a statistic in such a system. Good works are not high on the list of motivation.

  • Anonymous

    No, but it sure seems that way sometimes. 

  • jackedu317

    there is no such thing as “side effects”. they are simply the effects that are not as marketable… big pharma knows exactly what their pills will do to you…

  • jackedu317

    there is no such thing as “side effects”. they are simply the effects that are not as marketable… big pharma knows exactly what their pills will do to you…

  • Malk

    in summary medicine in crap… i never take any medicine and I don’t get sick!? what’s the problem!? eat your vegetables… seriously though… I never get sick… I don’t live in nor eat american style though so /shrug

    also… I don’t know why but the actual article is here:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/12/01/health/webmd/main2222635.shtml
    I had to go through three websites to get back to the actual article instead of people trying to look smart by reposting it? =o lol

    I do love those commercials that straight up say “side effects include… in some extreme cases death” like.. who the fuck is taking these drugs lol… they make fun of kids snorting bath salts like its any better than the shit they get from their doctor.

    • Malk

      ahh I guess there is different subject matter on all the different websites

  • Malk

    in summary medicine in crap… i never take any medicine and I don’t get sick!? what’s the problem!? eat your vegetables… seriously though… I never get sick… I don’t live in nor eat american style though so /shrug

    also… I don’t know why but the actual article is here:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/12/01/health/webmd/main2222635.shtml
    I had to go through three websites to get back to the actual article instead of people trying to look smart by reposting it? =o lol

    I do love those commercials that straight up say “side effects include… in some extreme cases death” like.. who the fuck is taking these drugs lol… they make fun of kids snorting bath salts like its any better than the shit they get from their doctor.

  • Malk

    ahh I guess there is different subject matter on all the different websites

  • frOzEn sKY

    the thing is not everyone will experience all the side effects but they have to list them all for liability and safety reasons, everyone will react to a drug differently, it is very difficult to have a drug with no side effects but there will be and there are ways to deal with that. But if you can do without the pills thats good!

  • frOzEn sKY

    the thing is not everyone will experience all the side effects but they have to list them all for liability and safety reasons, everyone will react to a drug differently, it is very difficult to have a drug with no side effects but there will be and there are ways to deal with that. But if you can do without the pills thats good!

    • http://twitter.com/ProfOsiris Prof Osiris

      how about cannabis ay?

  • http://twitter.com/ProfOsiris Prof Osiris

    how about cannabis ay?

  • Rotorua

    As someone whose life was a fucking mess thanks to severe OCD, I can attest to the fact that all medicines are not bad, and sometimes side effects are preferable to the disease you are fighting.

    Without fluvoxamine, I’d be living in fear and misery almost every waking hour. The side effects are minimal, but I’d prefer hourly nausea and vomiting to the way I used to feel.

  • Rotorua

    As someone whose life was a fucking mess thanks to severe OCD, I can attest to the fact that all medicines are not bad, and sometimes side effects are preferable to the disease you are fighting.

    Without fluvoxamine, I’d be living in fear and misery almost every waking hour. The side effects are minimal, but I’d prefer hourly nausea and vomiting to the way I used to feel.

  • vdogg33

    The earth is overpopulated with 3.8 billion people!  When I try to explain this 90% of people get angry!  So I say let these people die! I work in a Canadian hospital and the biggest problem in every western hospital is seniors who demand unnecessary surgery to prevent death.  Even though these seniors claim they are very religious.  If these religious people love our God so much then they should accept the fact death is as natural as birth and die  with dignity! 

  • vdogg33

    The earth is overpopulated with 3.8 billion people!  When I try to explain this 90% of people get angry!  So I say let these people die! I work in a Canadian hospital and the biggest problem in every western hospital is seniors who demand unnecessary surgery to prevent death.  Even though these seniors claim they are very religious.  If these religious people love our God so much then they should accept the fact death is as natural as birth and die  with dignity! 

    • SF2K01

      Ummm… Maybe they’re getting angry with you because there’s approximately 7 billion people on the Earth. Or are you saying that 7 billion is 3.8 billion too many and what’s so special about 3.2 billion that makes it the magic number of people that would fit?

    • morb

      One would think you’ve died before, with the advice you’re giving. Maybe they don’t want to die, I think THAT’s natural.

  • Anonymous

    This combined with the fact that most drugs these days are barely better than placebos pretty much shows just how useless big pharm is.

  • SF2K01

    This combined with the fact that most drugs these days are barely better than placebos pretty much shows just how useless big pharm is.

  • Anonymous

    Ummm… Maybe they’re getting angry with you because there’s approximately 7 billion people on the Earth. Or are you saying that 7 billion is 3.8 billion too many and what’s so special about 3.2 billion that makes it the magic number of people that would fit?

  • Anonymous

    Along those lines, don’t take so many drugs when you are sick. Have a cold? Take some asprin for the pain and deal with it. You’ll come out stronger if you just suck it up and don’t dump anti-bacterials in your body every single time you get an infection. Otherwise your body will never learn to fight back when it’s actually in trouble!

  • Anonymous

    I agree completly.

  • Tossmeacarrot

    It’s not in the pharmaceutical companies’ best interest to make us well. But it is in their interest to provide pills that mask symptoms while creating other symptoms that will require yet a different medication. Their mandate is not to create well-being, their mandate is to create profits for their shareholders. Creating profit is the whole purpose of a corporation. I’ve decided to opt out of that loop. I’ve found a dr. who looks at what I eat and where I live.

  • Tossmeacarrot

    It’s not in the pharmaceutical companies’ best interest to make us well. But it is in their interest to provide pills that mask symptoms while creating other symptoms that will require yet a different medication. Their mandate is not to create well-being, their mandate is to create profits for their shareholders. Creating profit is the whole purpose of a corporation. I’ve decided to opt out of that loop. I’ve found a dr. who looks at what I eat and where I live.

  • http://pandorashealth.com/ Sundust

    First off, sure, some drugs are necessary…

    BUT I wish that before blindly accepting or filling a prescription people would ask their doctor: “Do I really NEED this, or is there a lifestyle change I could try first?”

    Of course this means actually being willing to make a change, and changes are “harder” (than dealing with 70 potential side effects?). If you’re not willing to make a change and just want medicine to do all the heavy lifting, then yes, I suppose medicine is often necessary…

  • http://pandorashealth.com/ Sundust

    First off, sure, some drugs are necessary…

    BUT I wish that before blindly accepting or filling a prescription people would ask their doctor: “Do I really NEED this, or is there a lifestyle change I could try first?”

    Of course this means actually being willing to make a change, and changes are “harder” (than dealing with 70 potential side effects?). If you’re not willing to make a change and just want medicine to do all the heavy lifting, then yes, I suppose medicine is often necessary…

  • Simiantongue

    I have to make a confession. But this is anonymous so what the hell. I am the type of person who looks in your medicine cabinet when I am at your party or cookout. Making sure it’s not boobytrapped with marbles, if you know what I mean. Ok I’m a jerk I accept that, but that’s not my point.

    Anyway, I’m going to assume that many people actually move their medications for parties and BBQ’s. Even so the amount of medicines I see is still astounding. I don’t have any prescriptions myself, Can’t remember the last time I have, I don’t know of any in my family that do either. A prescription bottle in my house is rare. But I see all this stuff in other peoples medicine cabinets and… well, I’m just astounded. One house I went to with a family of five had no less than 22 prescriptions in all for every member of the family. Even pills for ADD for a four year old. As far as i’m concerned very four year old has a type of ADD, it’s called being four.  I noticed that the kid doesn’t act like other 4 year olds, maybe that’s it maybe not. Doesn’t seem right to give a kid that young medication like that. But at least one doctor somewhere says differently. I’m not a doctor so what the hell do I know.

  • Simiantongue

    I have to make a confession. But this is anonymous so what the hell. I am the type of person who looks in your medicine cabinet when I am at your party or cookout. Making sure it’s not boobytrapped with marbles, if you know what I mean. Ok I’m a jerk I accept that, but that’s not my point.

    Anyway, I’m going to assume that many people actually move their medications for parties and BBQ’s. Even so the amount of medicines I see is still astounding. I don’t have any prescriptions myself, Can’t remember the last time I have, I don’t know of any in my family that do either. A prescription bottle in my house is rare. But I see all this stuff in other peoples medicine cabinets and… well, I’m just astounded. One house I went to with a family of five had no less than 22 prescriptions in all for every member of the family. Even pills for ADD for a four year old. As far as i’m concerned very four year old has a type of ADD, it’s called being four.  I noticed that the kid doesn’t act like other 4 year olds, maybe that’s it maybe not. Doesn’t seem right to give a kid that young medication like that. But at least one doctor somewhere says differently. I’m not a doctor so what the hell do I know.

  • Simiantongue

    I have to make a confession. But this is anonymous so what the hell. I am the type of person who looks in your medicine cabinet when I am at your party or cookout. Making sure it’s not boobytrapped with marbles, if you know what I mean. Ok I’m a jerk I accept that, but that’s not my point.

    Anyway, I’m going to assume that many people actually move their medications for parties and BBQ’s. Even so the amount of medicines I see is still astounding. I don’t have any prescriptions myself, Can’t remember the last time I have, I don’t know of any in my family that do either. A prescription bottle in my house is rare. But I see all this stuff in other peoples medicine cabinets and… well, I’m just astounded. One house I went to with a family of five had no less than 22 prescriptions in all for every member of the family. Even pills for ADD for a four year old. As far as i’m concerned very four year old has a type of ADD, it’s called being four.  I noticed that the kid doesn’t act like other 4 year olds, maybe that’s it maybe not. Doesn’t seem right to give a kid that young medication like that. But at least one doctor somewhere says differently. I’m not a doctor so what the hell do I know.

  • Simiantongue

    I have to make a confession. But this is anonymous so what the hell. I am the type of person who looks in your medicine cabinet when I am at your party or cookout. Making sure it’s not boobytrapped with marbles, if you know what I mean. Ok I’m a jerk I accept that, but that’s not my point.

    Anyway, I’m going to assume that many people actually move their medications for parties and BBQ’s. Even so the amount of medicines I see is still astounding. I don’t have any prescriptions myself, Can’t remember the last time I have, I don’t know of any in my family that do either. A prescription bottle in my house is rare. But I see all this stuff in other peoples medicine cabinets and… well, I’m just astounded. One house I went to with a family of five had no less than 22 prescriptions in all for every member of the family. Even pills for ADD for a four year old. As far as i’m concerned very four year old has a type of ADD, it’s called being four.  I noticed that the kid doesn’t act like other 4 year olds, maybe that’s it maybe not. Doesn’t seem right to give a kid that young medication like that. But at least one doctor somewhere says differently. I’m not a doctor so what the hell do I know.

    • GoodDoktorBad

      Don’t sell yourself short, your perceptions are pretty accurate….but I won’t invite you to my next BBQ. 

  • Anonymous

    Don’t take aspirin.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t sell yourself short, your perceptions are pretty accurate….but I won’t invite you to my next BBQ. 

  • Str8fromeden

    Honestly, and I agree with what everyone has said on this thread… but, this article didn’t really explain much. Seemed to be more of an editorial without any information, although I appreciate the dialogue it inspired. Many great points.

  • Str8fromeden

    Honestly, and I agree with what everyone has said on this thread… but, this article didn’t really explain much. Seemed to be more of an editorial without any information, although I appreciate the dialogue it inspired. Many great points.

  • Buffet

    It’s truly sad how pharmaceutical companies prey on the gullible masses looking for a quick fix to a health problem they’ve brought upon themselves, or worse yet, been deluded into believing they have by the companies advertisements. Did I say sad. I meant pathetic and shameful. What’s the best cure for ‘depression’? Hard work. Get off that fat ass and into the gym. Stop smoking. And if I ever had to take a pill to have an erection – I would jump off the nearest bridge I could find. With so many strung out on these poisons being peddled by these unscrupulous profiteers, it’s becoming difficult to actually find anyone normal (like those commenting here) anymore. God looks down on this…..and weeps.

  • Buffet

    It’s truly sad how pharmaceutical companies prey on the gullible masses looking for a quick fix to a health problem they’ve brought upon themselves, or worse yet, been deluded into believing they have by the companies advertisements. Did I say sad. I meant pathetic and shameful. What’s the best cure for ‘depression’? Hard work. Get off that fat ass and into the gym. Stop smoking. And if I ever had to take a pill to have an erection – I would jump off the nearest bridge I could find. With so many strung out on these poisons being peddled by these unscrupulous profiteers, it’s becoming difficult to actually find anyone normal (like those commenting here) anymore. God looks down on this…..and weeps.

    • Vaona7

      Depressed people are lazy.
      Depressed people are fat.
      Depressed people smoke cigarettes.
      People with ED should kill themselves. 

      Very nice words.

  • Boobs

    Lets all just use marijuana! Woooohooooo! lol

  • Boobs

    Lets all just use marijuana! Woooohooooo! lol

  • Boobs

    Most pharma drugs treat the SYMPTOMS, not the CAUSE. In order to treat the cause a lifestyle change is needed.

  • Boobs

    Most pharma drugs treat the SYMPTOMS, not the CAUSE. In order to treat the cause a lifestyle change is needed.

  • Vaona7

    Depressed people are lazy.
    Depressed people are fat.
    Depressed people smoke cigarettes.
    People with ED should kill themselves. 

    Very nice words.

  • morb

    One would think you’ve died before, with the advice you’re giving. Maybe they don’t want to die, I think THAT’s natural.

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