First, lets talk about side effects that are actually listed, like on the package insert on your medication. The side effects listed are ANY and ALL complaints that the patients in the trial listed that they had while taking the medication. If ONE person had a cough in the whole group, it had to be listed. Doesn't it make sense now that basically every medication on earth has "nausea, vomiting, body aches, headache and cough" listed? Of course! Because with or without the medication, most people will experience those symptoms in a period of 6 months.
|Lipitor, a very popular "statin"|
Also, remember that everyone's body is different. Just because your great aunt twice removed has a bad side effect does NOT mean that you will too! With that being said, it is very important to speak with your doctor regarding any major or the most common side effects of any newly prescribed medication. Your physician will be able to tell you what is dangerous and what is not, as well as the most common complaint from patients. A lot of the time, side effects are transient and go away with continued use of the drug. My favorite was the patient who had an obvious cold..sniffling, sneezing...and had a dry cough. Which started at the same time as the cold...and what did she do? Blamed the medication for the cough. No, she had a cold..that's why she was coughing. But, I have realized that patients will blame their medication for everything!
With that, I did find some pretty funny side effects of some medications that are quite...interesting...and bring a little humor to the world of medicine...
1. Alli- weight loss drug. Side effects listed: gas with oily spotting and loose stools which may be hard to control
2. Requip- for restless leg syndrome. Side effects listed: an unusual urge to gamble
That's all for now, folks!