Trading Parkinson’s for gambling?

Parkinson’s is a rare disease made famously aware by Michael J. Fox, the actor most famously known for the “Back To The Future” films. Parkinson’s is a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking (tremors) and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination.

However, the drug Ropinirole treats these symptoms. Making walking easier and shaking less sporadic. But Ropinirole comes with three odd side effects. One, falling asleep during everyday activities, even driving, which according to the manufacturer of Ropinirole “..sometimes resulted in accidents.” Two, hyper-sexuality, self explanatory. And the one I found most strange. Three, compulsive gambling. Meaning you’ll gamble without even thinking about it or what you’re doing.

So a drug made to calm your sporadic nerves from your mental disorder, could get you in a bit of trouble with some loan sharks.

Ropinirole is a prescription drug.


Breast cancer prevention drug may cause rare tumor

Breast cancer is an issue that effects women, there’s really no cure for it, but there are treatments of all sorts to prevent it from spreading. And in the past few years, treatment has grown, and success rates are even higher. One of the many treatments out there for breast cancer is Tamoxifen. A prescription drug used to prevent the growth of basic breast cancers by blocking the effects of estrogen.

Like all drugs it has side effects, one of which I found to be quite questionable. It has a rare risk of causing a tumor. This new tumor wouldn’t be estrogen sensitive, meaning breast cancer medications wouldn’t do you any good. Luckily it only occurs in women that have been taking Tamoxifen for more than 5 years AND only 1 out of every 7 of them show signs of a new tumor. Making the risks of this new tumor incredibly low. Even more good news – it was never seen in any women that have been taking the drug for less than 5 years.
So, to sum it up. It’s a drug that’s supposed to help prevent a cancer that can cause a tumor. That’s a very questionable side effect.

Congestive heart failure drug works as smell-be-gone!

And quite literally, too! The drug Vasotec, used to treat congestive heart failure and/or high blood pressure, has one strange side effect where you completely lose your sense of smell. Fortunately, once the drug wears off you get your sense of smell back. It’s a rare effect not seen in many.

Vastoec can also impose problems on all other four senses, including blurred vision, dry eyes, and ringing in the ears.
Vasotec is a prescription medication.

**You should never use Vasotec for anything other than it’s intended use with a prescription from a doctor. Prescription drugs can be hazardous or even fatal when misused!**

Prevent weight gain by “loosening” your bowels

In today’s world, everyone wants to lose weight. And those that feel they don’t have any time to eat right, go to the gym, or just exercise, rely on weight loss pills.

One of these fascinating pills that help you shred the fat, is alli. alli, is a “fat absorption” medication. When you ingest any fat, alli absorbs it and helps it pass right through you, but, of course, it’s not that simple. On their website, alli calls these “treatment effects”. Now, let me explain what “treatment effects” are compared to side effects. Side effects are what happens based on what the FDA found through testing with voluntary patients and don’t necessarily happen to everyone. Treatment effects pretty much happen to everyone and should be expected. So what are these fascinating “treatment effects” of alli?

“gas with oily spotting”
This treatment effect may (or may not) sound like to you what it’s really trying to say. “Gas with oily spotting” is involuntary flatulence that happens to be a bit wet and will spot your underwear, that’s to put it the clean way, well maybe not that clean…

“loose stools”
As if nearly shitting yourself wasn’t bad enough, you will also have loose stools. This should be obvious, but I’ll explain. This is stage 1 in diarrhea. And to add insult to injury..
“more frequent stools that may be hard to control”
Okay, sharting now looks quite well since, according to alli, you will be officially shitting yourself! And combine this with loose stools, you now have explosive diarrhea.

alli even describes what they believe your anal leakage to look like, and if you’re eating pizza, stop now. And if you only stopped eating it now, we’re at the end of the article, so that’s kinda delayed.. But I digress.
alli describes this as, well, here’s a quote from their website: “You may recognize it as something that looks like the oil on top of a pizza.” Yup, that’s a real quote, a real nasty quote that has officially ruined the upcoming pizza party at work for this writer.

So, celery sticks and a half mile jog every other day is looking pretty good, isn’t it?

Also, a quick fyi, alli isn’t a prescription drug. It’s a dumbed down version of another, more powerful drug, which I’m scared to learn the side effects of…

A colorful side effect from carrots

Pills developed in labs aren’t the only things we consume that give us strange side effects. As Leo Barnett, 3, of the UK already knows, you can turn orange from eating carrots.

It’s called hyper-beta carotenemia. A rare condition where the patient can’t digest carotene. Which is found in most fruits and vegetables.

There’s also been reports of people without hyper-beta carotenemia that after they’ve consumed a large quanitity of carrots over the course of a few weeks, start turning orange, much like a carrot.

Treating infertility has never been so hairy…


Danocrine, a  prescription drug used to treat endometriosis, a disease that causes infertility, pain before and during menstrual periods, pain during and after sexual activity, and heavy or irregular bleeding. Now treating all that sounds great- and it is! But to add to our strange list of side effects, Danocrine users have reported hair growth in unusual places. Even reports of acne growth.

So maybe this side effect could be great for those balding patients with infertility.

**You should never use Danocrine for anything other than it’s intended use with a prescription from a doctor. Prescription drugs can be hazardous or even fatal when misused!**

Upset stomach, diarrhea, or heartburn? How about furry-feeling tongue?

You may remember that catchy tune from the Pepto-Bismol ads on TV. I believe they still use that same tune today. Either way, we’ve all seen or heard about this strawberry milk looking medicine used to help with upset stomachs, diarrhea, and heartburn. And it works, quite well actually.

But what we never thought we’d experience while using Pepto (as it’s more commonly referred to as) is a furry-feeling tongue. Meaning, your tongue feels like there’s FUR on it. How’s that for strange?
Pepto-Bismol is an over the counter drug. Commonly referred to simply as “Pepto”. It’s pink color makes it quite remember-able.