Grapefruit and medication. Possibly a fatal mix

We’ve all been told never take medication with alcohol. Well you can add grapefruit to that if you take any of these 85 different drugs.

How serious could this really be? Well, David Bailey of Lawson Health Research Institute says “Half of these drugs actually can cause sudden death” (hours after eating or drinking grapefruit.)

Grapefruit has compounds furanocoumarins that can keep drugs from breaking down, keeping more of these drugs inside your body, allowing them to build up to lethal levels or toxic levels.

Below is a link to the drugs that have fatal side effects with grapefruit. And as a fair warning, the report by Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that not many doctors know about these dangerous combonations.

Click here to see the full list.

All the drugs mentioned in the list are oral drugs.

Source: Yahoo! Health

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Not breathing? Maybe it’s your anxiety pills

Ativan is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety.

Ativan, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety has one side effect that could, well, cause anxiety. Nothing makes you panic more than not being able to inhale some refreshing, life saving, oxygen. However, Ativan has a side effect “Periods of Not Breathing.”

This side effect isn’t very noticeable though, so no need to panic that you’re going to stop breathing and notice. Most don’t actually notice, it’s kinda like when your heart skips a beat, you never really know. But, this is still a severe side effect and if periods of not breathing occur more often, as in, if you’re starting to notice it more, you should see your doctor.

Source: webmd.com

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.

Treating infertility has never been so hairy…

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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!**

Depression? Or painful erection?

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When some people are depressed they often rely on prescription drugs to get them out of bed and make them feel happier overall. One side effect of depression is erectile dysfunction and no man ever feels great when that occurs.

However, Pfizer has made an antidepressant called Zoloft, to help combat depression and make you your fun, sappy self again. Which could mean, no more ED. But one unusual side effect of Zoloft is painful erection. Unlike Viagra, it doesn’t help get you erect, or help improve your stamina. It instead makes your erection potentially painful. And some patients have described these erections as “unbearable”.

So, aspiring male adult actors, if you’re depressed, Zoloft is not for you.

Zoloft is a prescription antidepressant drug prescribed to patients with severe depression.

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

Sleep Walking, Sleep Driving, and… Sleep Sex?

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That’s just some of the symptoms found in Ambien. A drug prescribed to treat insomnia or sleeplessness, usually in more severe cases.

Patients using Ambien have reported driving, walking, and even having sex, while sleeping. Some have reported, eating, making phone calls, and even going through their entire morning routine.

Ambien is a prescription drug typically prescribed to patients with insomnia. Which fortunately means there’s only a small population of potential horny cell phone drivers out there.

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