Are you aware of the Side Effects?

Riya was sickly thin when I met her few years ago. A string of dark patches ran down her slender arms and neck, which she tried to camouflage with lotions and long sleeves. Moreover, she was also a victim of dry eyes syndrome and had to use eye drops regularly. We worked together in India and every day I watched her fight these issues with a brave smile.

Once during a coffee break, she confided that she wasn't like this before. The nightmare began when she started taking medication for a certain disease, which caused a severe allergic reaction. I was shocked and terrified at the same time. This could happen to anyone.

But then, are we not prone to pop a pill without consulting a doctor? We often try to be our own doctors, without realizing or researching on the side effects.

I remember when I had cold for a good three months last year. I tried using Sudafed to clear the nostrils. Later on I found that even though Sudafed would provide immediate relief, it wasn't a cure. The nose would be congested again and it would be worse than before. It was only after the consultation with GP that I finally was able to breathe with my nose properly.

In this age of internet, where information is handy, it is extremely vital that we make sure what we are feeding in doesn't cause any side effects. Do not shy away from consulting doctors, especially when you have a history of chronic disease.

Most of the medicines will have side effects listed, but it depends on the individual's body on how it reacts to the after effects. One simple example is cold medicine that causes weakness and drowsiness. Few antibiotics result in gastric problems and even skin allergies. Check this site to know more about side effects from Drugs - BetterHealth

For Example, take Xarelto, which is used to prevent or treat a type of blood clot called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can lead to blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism). More Information here. The side effects of Xarelto are severe, even life threatening. 

The most common and possibly life-threatening side effect of Xarelto is an increased risk of excessive bleeding. According to the anticoagulant’s medication guide, such bleeding can cause a range of related problems, such as bruising easily, and may even lead ultimately to death. The risk of bleeding may worsen if Xarelto is taken in conjunction with other medications (see list below). - Source RecallCenter

While researching I found that a drug for acne could cause depression too!!

As an example, Accutane, which is prescribed for the treatment of acne, has been found to also cause depression. So have oral contraceptives, high blood pressure drugs, and even statins that treat high cholesterol. Source - MedicineNet

To maintain the health and well-being of your body it is essential that you identify the side effects, consult with doctors on how your body might react to medications and make sure your kids do not reach the medicine cabinet.

This week (January 26th - February 1st) is Drugs Facts Week. Make yourself aware and stay healthy.


  1. So very true. Thank you for posting something like this Rajlakshmi. Great post

  2. True Rajlakshmi...Sometimes to avoid going to docs I take medicines based on old prescriptions but we shouldn't do that ideally

  3. Nice post. The problem is the medicine companies list every known disease in the world as a side effect. This happens at least in USA. They list everything to cover their a**.


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