Big Pharma: The Vicious Cycle of Pharmaceutical Side-Effects

Picture: Buzzfeed (C)

Picture: Buzzfeed (C)

Bravo to Buzzfeed’s Anna North and Arun Mikkilineni for their series of fantastic infographics depicting the vicious cycle of side-effects caused by some of Big Pharma’s most popular products. Naturally, there are plenty of medications to treat those side-effects…

Check out the entire collection.

11 Comments on "Big Pharma: The Vicious Cycle of Pharmaceutical Side-Effects"

  1. BuzzCoastin | May 6, 2013 at 9:13 pm |

    when are people going to figure out that the thing called Health Care
    is not what it proports to be?

    • LucidDreamR | May 7, 2013 at 9:00 am |

      Survival of the fittest. Seems awfully naive to me, to think that there hasn’t been a planned eugenics program in this country for quite some time now. When looking at the results of our healthcare and food industries, to name a few; it seems ignorant to think otherwise.

      • BuzzCoastin | May 7, 2013 at 9:19 am |

        I’m not sure I’d call it a eugenics program
        more like a cultivated host for a profit system program
        like ants herd aphids
        they don’t want to kill the aphids
        they just want to eat their shit
        and there is money to made in medical torture
        so it’s kinda S&M too, but not full-on Snuff

        • LucidDreamR | May 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm |

          Give it a few more generations to really show its fruits… That said: being a grossly overweight diabetic is already pretty darn close (as so many muricans are right now). Also the attack on thought and our brains: the mush that so many of these drugs turn peoples brains into is, like the aforementioned example just as bad as being dead. Creating a system where you’re breeding ignorance and poor health into the population seems awfully damn close to eugenics to me; and if at one time it may have been beneficial to make sure these ignorant sick folks were breeding in great number: I think no matter what perspective one has it’s clear that time has long passed. Not so much about colony numbers anymore, as much as increasing control and “productivity” of the numbers needed- much better business.

          I’m not sure I even want to start delving into the S&M parallel… haha! I fear the level these guys have taken torture to, in the big picture, indicates much more than just a passing chubby at the sight of blood…

  2. Unibrow Chic | May 6, 2013 at 9:43 pm |

    ADHD is a provable biological condition, involving underdevelopment of the cortex. Study after study demonstrates that there is no more effective treatment than drug therapy – in conjunction with some kind of ‘coaching’. The trouble is that very few kids have the means to get a full neuro-psychological evaluation, or access to top doctors. They get diagnosed by some combination of teacher reports, parent observations, and at best, short checklists. And this is wildly insufficient. I don’t know how can be achieved, but what needs to happen, is that kids need to undergo MUCH more thorough testing, and MUCH more careful and thorough follow-through. Of course, this is expensive, and in many parts of the country, the professionals with the right skills are simply nowhere to be found.

    To take it back to the basics, it is important for people to understand that ADHD is very much a REAL biological condition, associated with delayed cortical development, which commonly persists into adulthood, and has a high co-morbidity rate with conditions such as depression or other mood disorders. People also need to keep in mind that right now, diagnostic technology is in its infancy. The brain is the ‘final frontier’. There are some exciting technologies emerging, such as rEEG’s, which have a very promising and substantial body of data behind it, offering hope of being able to more effectively match patients, by analyzing their brain waves, to appropriate medicines based on objectively evaluable brain signals, and a large database of information on how given drugs effect such patterns. Not only is the data pool quite large, I personally know people who have had their lives effectively transformed thanks to its diagnostic prowess, after decades of much trial, and more error. The evidence strongly suggests that we can match up people with the right meds, much faster, and with much better effects.

    Finally, this: realize that there are enormous ‘side effects’ of untreated mental conditions. I won’t bother with details. The literature is rife with examples. Don’t let the fact that Big Pharma does bad things negate the truth that it IS possible for us to understand and treat conditions of the brain, given much time and effort and care – or obscure the fact that there are people in enormous amounts of suffering, who desperately need treatments. Historically speaking, this is one group of people who were lucky if they made it into an asylum on the slightly less horrific end of the spectrum. In much of the world, this is still the case. Let us not reject the potential of the science due to the machinations of the powerful.

  3. I’m not a fan of big pharma but I really don’t agree with this chart. I’ve recently been prescribed adderall and I find it extremely beneficial. My appetite and ability to sleep are still the same. I’ve also been prescribed ambien before when I used to have sleep problems (now resolved after developing healthy sleep hygiene habits), and I never got diarrhea or any other intestinal issue. I’ve never even heard of that as a side effect of taking it.

    Obviously big pharma is in it for the money, but to make it all seem like a huge conspiracy is a little… disinfoish i suppose. 🙂

    • BuzzCoastin | May 7, 2013 at 9:26 am |

      I’m pretty sure the medications have not influenced your thinking at all
      I’m so out of the Big Pharma loop
      I don’t WTF adderall & ambien are
      except that car accidents & strange shit
      are often linked to the word ambien in news stories

      if your having a problem sleeping, get laid, smoke some pot, jog
      Big Pharma is not your friend, it’s your parasite

      • Well Ambien is a sleep medication. If people are taking it, AND driving, it’s their fault if they get into accidents. Unless we’re talking the next day here.

        When I had problems sleeping, getting laid and smoking pot didn’t help that much. In fact, pot would either keep my mind racing, or it would blunt my REM sleep (a pretty common side effect), making me wake up exhausted.

        Again, i’m not a fan of Big Pharma. But I don’t think these binary, good/bad, white/black conversations about the pharmaceutical industry really helps anyone.

        I think that 90-95%, if not more of mental issues can be solved through non-pharmaceutical means, but I don’t think it’s bad to take a pill in the short term, while developing better living habits, getting therapy, etc.

        I also think that most people probably are lazy and will rely solely on medication, but again, I chalk that up to personal responsibility.

        The more of a nuanced conversation we can have about Big Pharma, the more people will get the help they need and know EXACTLY what they’re getting into if they decide to go the medication route.

  4. LucidDreamR | May 7, 2013 at 9:05 am |

    Take a pill, let a bunch of bumbling fools mess with your brain chemistry. Ignore the root problem and just cover up the ill effects with drugs! Great money in never looking at the cause of all these problems!

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