Most drugs used to treat chronic issues dealing with digestion or heart issues carry some risk of side effects, but some are worse than others. Lisinopril is a angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, used to treat congestive heart failure, hypertension, and reduce the risk of heart attack. It has been commonly prescribed since the FDA first approved it for patient use in the early 1990s.
Thrombosis, or blood clots as they are colloquially known, tend to manifest naturally in men more than women. Women, however, are at risk for blood clots primarily because of pregnancy, birth control, and other hormonal therapies men do not generally take, according to StopTheClot.org.
Cymbalta is a multi-use prescription drug most commonly used as an anti-depressant. Despite several clinical trials during the approval process of Cymbalta that alleged Cymbalta caused depression in otherwise healthy patients, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did not recall the drug for use as an anti-depressant, according to the New York Times.
Sometimes prominent drugs are recalled and no one knows about it. This was the case with a 2010 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall of the birth control Yaz, a contraceptive approved by the FDA for use among women as young as 14 years old. Yaz and Beyaz—a similar FDA-approved medication made by the same manufacturer, Berlex, Inc.—hit the market when it was approved in 2006, according to Drugs.com.
Abilify is the name brand of the medication aripirazole. Aripirazole is the medicine used to treat mental disorders such as bipolar disorder, severe mental depression and schizophrenia. No evidence has been released that proves that the drug does not do what it is intended to do, but there are some unexpected side effects of taking this medication about which many patients have filed lawsuits.
When the antidepressant drug Paxil hit the consumer market in the early 1990s, it was hailed by the medical world as a wonder drug, able to relieve even the most severe cases of mental depression. Like most other antidepressants, Paxil is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). There have been widely-publicized side effects about SSRIs for the patient who takes them. However, not as much has been published about the effects SSRIs can have on babies born to women who are taking them.
A generic drug is an essential option for Americans, as it is sold at a lower cost than a name brand product. In fact, the FDA notes that generic brands can be as much as 85 percent lower in price. However, these lower prices are a direct result of several factors. One of these factors is that generic drug manufacturers are not required to “repeat the costly clinical trials of new drugs.”
Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has come under fire in recent years for paying doctors to promote drugs, according to Mercola.com. The practice is, surprisingly, a legal one, and “widespread in the drug industry.” At the end of 2013, however, Glaxo announced that it would stop the practice, as well as stop “compensating its sales representatives based on the number of prescriptions that doctors write,” according to Mercola.
Around the world, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (often called SSRIs) are some of the most commonly prescribed depression medications. In the United States, one of the most popular SSRIs given to patients with depression is Zoloft, which has been linked to dangerous birth defects when taken by pregnant mothers. A new study from the British Medical Journal is the latest authority to lend credence to the risks posed by antidepressants.