I Wanna New Drug
Recently, many precription drugs' side effects have made headlines. For example, because of the warning that went out in 2004 concerning antidepressant drugs contributing to suicide tendencies in teens, the number of teens even being diagnosed with depression has dramatically dropped. Why? Because doctors are afraid of being sued, so they are reluctant to even give that diagnosis - even if it is the proper one.
The result: teen suicide shot up 14%.
Don't forget about those Ambien side effects that made headlines last year. People were sleep walking and waking up in the middle of the street or eating the entire contents of their refrigerators.
Recently, the Mayo Clinic has been investigating the side effects of drugs classified as dopamine agonists - these are used to help patients with Restless Leg Syndrome. One drug is marketed as Requip. On its website, it states: Also tell your doctor if you or your family notices that you develop any unusual impulses or behaviors, such as pathological gambling or hypersexuality
Huh? Pathological gambling or hypersexuality???
Don't forget about that new diet drug Alli. It's warnings include wonderful terms like "gastrointenstinal discomfort" and "oily stools." Oily stools??? The manufacturer even goes as far as to recommend that a person taking Alli wear dark or brown pants. You've got to be kidding me.
This gives new meaning to the term spontaneous combustion. Maybe they should require those on Alli to wear Depends instead. Brown pants might make your "oily stools" less obvious visually, but I'm sure the smell will give it away.
Maybe, just maybe, sometimes the side effect of a drug just isn't worth it.