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by Vaughn Aubuchon

HOT Right NOW
Depends on which channel you watch.

Have you noticed the ever-increasing number of prescription drug television ads recently? They are heavy on emotion, and light on facts. The side effects are trivialized.

Here is a summary list of 103 DTC (Direct-To-Consumer) prescription drug TV ads. Text of some current TV drug ads has been included, along with their published, acknowledged adverse side effects.

Index

Drug NOT Named

What's the POINT?

Drug Info DECEPTION

TV Drug Ad Format

The Latest from Bernie

Drug manufacturers seek to minimize and trivialize the adverse side effects of the drugs they produce. To present a balanced picture, this page HIGHLIGHTS these adverse side effects. In each case below, THE OFFICIAL INFORMATION IS "QUOTED VERBATIM" (fair use) from the drug companies' websites and TV commercials.
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Index to 103 Recent
Prescription Drug TV Ads

Marketing
Brand
Name

generic
chemical name

Purpose

Manufacturer

Abilify
Adderall
Alavert
Amitiza
AndroGel
Anoro

Aricept
Astepro
Axiron

aripiprazole
amphetamine
loratadine
lubiprostone
testosterone
umeclidinium
vilanterol
donepezil HCl
azelastine HCl
testosterone

antipsychotic
ADHD
allergy
constipation
libido,
depression
COPD
-
Alzheimer's
allergy
male hormone

Bristol-Myers
Shire
Wyeth
Sucampo
Abbott Labs
Glaxo
SmithKline
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Pfizer
Meda
Eli Lilly

Belsomra
Belviq
Beyaz
Botox
Breo Ellipta

Brilinta
Brisdelle

suvorexant
lorcaserin HCl
drospirenone
botulinum toxin
fluticasone
vilanterol
ticagrelor
paroxetine

insomnia
weight loss
contraceptive
migraine
COPD, asthma
-
blood thinner
hot flashes

Merck
Arena Pharm.
Bayer
Allergan
Glaxo
SmithKline
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AstraZenica
Noven Pharm.

Caduet
Chantix
Cialis
Cosentyx
Crestor
Cymbalta
Dulera

norvasc, lipitor
varenicline
tadalafil
secukinumab
rosuvastatin
duloxetine
mome
tasone furoate

BP, cholesterol
stop smoking
ED
psoriasis
cholesterol
depres., pain
asthma

Pfizer
Pfizer
Eli Lilly
Novartis
AstraZeneca
Eli Lilly
Merck

Effexor
Eliquis
Enablex
Enbrel
Epiduo

venlafaxine HCl
apixaban
darifenacin
etanercept
adapalene

depression
blood thinner
overact. bladder
R, Arthritis
acne

Wyeth
Bristol-Myers
Novartis
Amgen
Galderma Labs

Evista
Exelon
Farxiga
Flowmax

raloxifene HCl
rivastigmine
dapagliflozin
tamsulosin HCl

osteoporosis
dementia
type 2 diabetes
BPH

Eli Lilly
Novartis
AstraZeneca
Boehringer I

Gardasil
Harvoni

Hetlioz
Humira

HPV vaccine
ledipasvir &
sofosbuvir
tasimelteon
adalimumab

cervical cancer
hepatitis C
-
non-24
anti-
inflammatory

Merck
Gilead
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Vanda
AbbVie
(Abbott)

Imitrex
Intuniv
Invokana

sumatriptan
guanfacine
canagliflozin

migraine
ADHD
diabetes

GlaxoSmithKline
Shire
Janssen

Januvia
Jardiance
Jublia
Kerydin

sitagliptin
empagliflozin
efinaconazole
tavaborole

diabetes
diabetes
toenail fungus
toenail fungus

Merck
Boehringer I.
Valeant
PharmaDerm

Latisse
Latuda
Levemir
Linzess
Lovaza
Lyrica

bimatoprost
lurasidone
insulin detemir
linaclotide
omega-3 esters
pregabalin

eyelashes
antipsychotic
diabetes
IBS constipation
high
triglycerides
seizures, pain

Allergan
Sunovion
Novo Nordisk
Actavis
Glaxo
SmithKline
Pfizer

Mirapex
Mirena
Movantik
Myrbetriq

pramipexole
levonorgestrel
naloxegol
mirabegron

RLS
birth control
OIC
overact. bladder

Boehringer I.
Berlex
AstraZeneca
Astellas

Namenda
Namzaric

Nasonex
Neulasta
Niaspan
Nicoderm
N. Flexpen
Nuedexta

memantine HCl
memantine HCl &
donepezil HCl
mom
etasone furoate
pegfilgrastim
niacin
nicotine
insulin aspart
DH and QS

Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's
-
nasal allergies
cancer
cholesterol
stop smoking
diabetes
PBA

Forest Pharm.
Forest Pharm.
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Schering
Plough
Amgen
Abbott Labs
Glaxo
SmithKline
Novo Nordisk
Avinir

Omnaris
Onexton
Onglyza
Opdivo
Oracea

ciclesonide
clindamycin
saxagliptin
nivolumab
doxycycline

nasal spray
acne
diabetes
lung cancer
rosacea

Sepracor
Valeant Pharm.
AstraZeneca
Bristol-Myers
Galderma Labs

Orencia
Osphena
Otezla

abatacept
ospemifene
apremilast

R. Arthritis
vaginal dryness
psoriasis

Bristol-Myers
Shionogi
Celgene

Pradaxa
Premarin
Pristiq
Prolia
Provenge

dabigatran
conj. estrogens
desvenlafaxine
denosumab
sipuleucel-T

afib stroke
painful sex
depression
osteoporosis
cancer vaccine

Boehringer I.
Pfizer
Wyeth
Amgen
Dendreon

Raptiva
Reclast
Requip
Restasis
Rozerem

efalizumab
zoledronic acid
ropinirole Hcl
cyclosporine
ramelteon

psoriasis
osteoporosis
RLS
dry eyes
sleep aid

Genentech
Novartis
Glaxo
SmithKline
Allergan
Takeda

Simponi
Singulair
Spiriva
Stelara
Symbicort

golimumab
montelukast
tiotropium
bromide
ustekinumab
budesonide

arthritis
allergy
bronchospasm
psoriasis
asthma

Centocor
Merck
Boehringer I.
Centocor
AstraZeneca

Tamiflu
Tanzeum
Tecfidera
Toujeo
Toviaz

Trilipix
Trulicity

oseltamivir
albiglutide
dimethyl fumarate
insulin glargine
fes
oterodine fumarate
fenofibric acid
dulaglutide

influenza
diabetes
relapsing MS
diabetes
overact. bladder
cholesterol
type 2 diabetes

Genentech
Glaxo
SmithKline
Biogen
Sanofi
Pfizer
Takeda
Eli Lilly

Uloric
Vaniqua
Viagra
Victoza
Vyvanse

febuxostat
eflornithine
sildenafil
liraglutide
lisdexamfetamine

gout
hair removal
ED
type 2 diabetes
B.E.D.

Abbott Labs
SkinMedica
Pfizer
Novo Nordisk
Shire

Xarelto
Xeljanz
Xiaflex
Xifaxan

rivaroxaban
tofacitinib
collagenase cl.hi
rifaximin

anticoagulant
R. arthritis
D
upuytren's con.
travelers' diarrhea

Janssen
Pfizer
Auxilium
Valeant

Yaz

Zi
cam (OTC)
Zostavax
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drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol
zinc
zoster vaccine live

PDD-premenstrual
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cold preventive
shingles

Bayer
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Matrixx
Merck

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---> Most recent in BOLD above
How many of the latest TV ads listed above will eventually be pulled due to adverse side effects? About 1 out of 3, as were pulled in the older list just beneath here? You will find out, when the ongoing, de facto, long term drug safety tests are completed ON YOU!

You will be protected, just as soon as enough other hapless individuals have suffered devastating ill effects. It does not pay to be an "early adopter" in this business. The FDA works the same way as the FAA - only tragedy evokes action.

Nuedexta - New diseases, such as PBA (PseudoBulbar Affect), require a new medicine. So, they combined cough medicine (dexromethorphan hydrobromide) with quinine (malaria cure). That ought to do it.

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30 Prescription Drug TV Ads
... which have been around for years

Actonel

Actos

Avodart

Boniva

Celebrex

Cialis

Coreg

Crestor

Detrol

Levitra

Lunesta

Nexium

Ditropan

Enbrel

Fosamax

Humira

Paxil

Plavix

Premarin

Prilosec

Procrit

Strattera

Valtrex

Vesicare

Viagra

Vioxx

Vytorin

Wellbutrin

Zelnorm

Zocor

Zyprexa

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Green = Ads still on TV

RED = Ads which have been removed due to
SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS, and/or FDA action.

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Brand Name

(generic name)

Manufacturer

Indication

Side Effects
TV Commercial

Abilify
(aripiprazole)


Bristol-Myers Squib

Antipsychotic

From TV commercial
(Terri and Team) -
"... Abilify is not for everyone, Call your doctor if your depression worsens, or you have unusual changes in behavior, or thoughts of suicide. Antidepressants can increase these in children, teens and young adults. Elderly dementia patients taking Abilify have an increased risk of DEATH or stroke. Call your doctor if you have high fever, stiff muscles and confusion, to address a possible life-threatening condition, or if you have uncontrollable muscle movements, as these can become PERMANENT. High blood sugar has been reported with Abilify and medicines like it, and in extreme cases, can lead to coma or DEATH. Other risks include increased cholesterol, weight gain, decreases in white blood cells, which can be serious, dizziness on standing, seizures, troubles swallowing, and impaired judgment or motor skills. ... "
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Actonel
(risedronate sodium)


Aventis
(Proctor and Gamble)

Osteoporosis

Brief Side Effects:
Chest pain, digestive problems

OFFICIAL:
"Patient Information
- hypocalcemia), have kidneys that work poorly, or cannot stand or sit upright for 30 minutes. Do not take Calcium tablets if you have high blood calcium (hypercalcemia). If you have had kidney stones
- painful swallowing, chest pain, or severe or continuing heartburn, as these may be signs of serious upper digestive problems.

- back, muscle, bone or joint pain, stomach pain or upset, or constipation. Contact your doctor if symptoms are severe.
- constipation, flatulence, nausea,
- abdominal pain, and bloating
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Adderall
(amphetamine +
dextroamphetamine)

Shire

This is a new type of ad, which does NOT name the controversial drug, but refers you to a web page instead. Neither the ad nor the web page name the drug.

So, there is no reason to list the side effects, right?

IN NO CASE, has the manufacturer gone to such trouble to disassociate themselves from a drug that they manufacture. WHY? Because they are giving METH to kids.

ADHD

From TV commercial (Keep Momming)

Since Shire does NOT provide a Shire/adderall safety info page, here is the VERY long list of Adderall side effects from drugs.com -
www.drugs.com/sfx/adderall-side-effects.html
Please note that SUDDEN DEATH is a cardiovascular side effect.
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Anoro
(umeclidinium
vilanterol)


Glaxo Smith Kline

COPD

From TV commercial
(Air Filled World) -
"... Anoro is not for asthma. Anoro contains a type of medicine that increases risk of DEATH in people with asthma. It is not known if this risk is increased in COPD. Anoro won't replace rescue inhalers for sudden COPD symptoms, and should not be used more than once a day. Tell your doctor if you have a heart condition, or high blood pressure. Tell your doctor, if you have glaucoma, prostate, or bladder problems, or problems passing urine, as Anoro may make these problems WORSE. Call your doctor right away, if you have worsened breathing, chest pains, swelling of your mouth and tongue, problems urinating, or eye problems, including vision changes or eye pain, while taking Anoro. ... "
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Avodart
(dutasteride)


Glaxo Smith Kline

Enlarged prostate

Brief Side Effects:
Women must NOT EVEN TOUCH this poison due to birth defects in unborn male children, plus liver problems, sexual problems.

OFFICIAL:
"Important Information About AVODART® (dutasteride):
- Pregnant women should not handle AVODART due to the potential risk of a specific birth defect. Do not donate blood until at least 6 months after stopping AVODART. Tell your doctor if you have liver disease. AVODART may not be right for you. Possible side effects, including sexual side effects and swelling or tenderness of the breast, occur infrequently."
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Belsomra
(suvorexant)


Merck

Insomnia

From TV Commercial
(Cats and Dogs) -
"... Do not take Belsomra if you have narcolepsy. When taking Belsomra, don't drive or operate heavy machinery, until you feel fully awake. Walking, eating, driving or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day, have been reported. Belsomra should not be taken together with alcohol. Abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, confusion, agitation, or hallucinations. The temporary inability to move while falling asleep or waking up, and temporary leg weakness have also been reported. In depressed patients, worsening depression, including risk of suicide, may occur, Alcohol may increase these risks. Side effects include next day drowsiness. ..."
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Boniva
(ibandronate sodium)


Roche
Glaxo Smith Kline

Osteoporosis

Brief Side Effects:
Chest pain, severe heartburn, severe bone pain

OFFICIAL:

"Important Safety Information
BONIVA is a prescription medicine for the management of post menopausal osteoporosis. You should not take BONIVA if you have low blood calcium, cannot sit or stand for at least 60 minutes, have severe
kidney disease, or are allergic to BONIVA. Stop taking BONIVA and tell your healthcare provider if you experience difficult or painful swallowing, chest pain, or severe or continuing heartburn, as these may be signs of serious upper digestive problems. Follow the once-monthly BONIVA dosing instructions carefully to lower the chance of these events occurring. Side effects are generally mild or moderate and may include diarrhea, pain in the arms or legs, or upset stomach. If you develop severe bone, joint, and/or muscle pain, contact your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider may also recommend a calcium and vitamin D supplement."
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Botox
(botulinum toxin)


Allergan

Migraine

From TV Commercial
(Odds in Your Favor) -
"... The effects of Botox may spread hours to weeks after injection, causing serious symptoms. Alert your doctor right away, as difficulty swallowing, speaking, breathing, eye problems or muscle weakness can be a sign of a life-threatening condition. Side effects may include allergic reactions, neck and injection site pain, fatigue and headache. Don't take Botox if you have have a skin infection. Tell your doctor about your medical history, muscle or nerve conditions, and medications, including botulinum toxins, as these may increase the risk of serious side effects. ..."
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Breo Ellipta
(fluticasone plus
vilanterol)


Glaxo Smith Kline

COPD, asthma

From TV Commercial
(Missing Piece) -
"... Breo contains a type of medicine that increases the risk of DEATH from asthma problems, and may increase the risk of hospitalization in children and adolescents. Breo is not for people whose asthma is well controlled on a long-term asthma control medicine, like an inhaled corticosteroid. Once your asthma is well controlled, your doctor will decide if you can stop Breo, and prescribe a different asthma control medicine, like an inhaled corticosteroid. Do not take Breo more than prescribed. See your doctor if your asthma does not improve, or gets worse. ..."
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Brilinta
(ticagrelor)


AstraZenica

Blood Thinner

From TV Commercial
(Today, Tomorrow, etc.) -
"... Don't stop taking Brilinta without talking with your doctor, since stopping it too soon increases your risk of clots in your stent, heart attack, stroke, and even DEATH. Brilinta may cause bruising or bleeding more easily, or serious, sometimes FATAL bleeding. Don't take Brilinta if you have bleeding, like stomach ulcers, a history of bleeding in the brain, or severe liver problems. Tell your doctor about bleeding, new or unexpected shortness of breath, any planned surgery, and all the medicines you take. ..."
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Celebrex
(celecoxib)



Pfizer

Arthritis and "off-label" uses

Brief Side Effects:
Death, gastrointestinal hemorrhages, stomach bleeding, cardiovascular problems, kidney and liver damage, ulcers, indigestion, diarrhea, abdominal pain, allergic reactions

OFFICIAL:
"Important Safety Information
Prescription CELEBREX is not for everyone. People with aspirin-sensitive asthma or allergic reactions due to aspirin or other arthritis medicines or certain drugs called sulfonamides should not take CELEBREX. IN rare cases, serious stomach problems such as bleeding can occur without warning. The most common side effects in clinical trials were indigestion, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. CELEBREX should not be taken in late pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney problems. If you think you are having an allergic reaction, or if you have other severe or unusual symptoms while taking CELEBREX, call your doctor, or other healthcare professional immediately."
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Chantix
(varenicline)


Pfizer

Stop Smoking

From TV commercial
(Angela Quit) -
"... Some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, and suicidal thoughts or actions, while taking, or after stopping Chantix. If you notice any of these, stop taking Chantix, and call your doctor right away. Tell your doctor about any history of mental health problems, which could get worse while taking Chantix. Don't take Chantix, if you've had a serious allergic or skin reaction to it. If you develop these, stop Chantix, and see your doctor right away, as some could be LIFE-THREATENING. Tell your doctor if you've had a history of heart or blood vessel problems, or if you develop new or worse symptoms. Get medical help right away, if you have symptoms of a heart attack or stroke. Use caution while driving or operating machinery. Common side effects include nausea, trouble sleeping, and unusual dreams. ... "
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Cialis
(tadalafil)


Eli Lilly

ED - Erectile Dysfunction

Eli Lilly has REMOVED all copies of their Cialis TV ads from the Internet, so that YOU CAN'T READ THEM (iSpot and youtube). What are they trying to hide? Spin? Distort?

WHERE IS THE TRUTH?
Here it is, from their WEBSITE,
under the "fair use" doctrine --->

THE SCARY STUFF


OFFICIAL:
(I have altered the bolding and text color, for effect, as I have with ALL the other TV ads on this page.)

"IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR CIALIS

What Is The Most Important Information I Should Know About CIALIS?

Do not take CIALIS if you:
- take medicines called "nitrates", such as isosorbide dinitrate or isosorbide mononitrate which are often prescribed for chest pain as the combination may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure

- use recreational drugs called "poppers", like amyl nitrite and butyl nitrite
- are allergic to CIALIS or ADCIRCA® (tadalafil), or any of its ingredients. Call your healthcare provider or get help right away if you experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as rash, hives, swelling of the lips, tongue or throat, or difficulty breathing or swallowing

After taking a single tablet, some of the active ingredient of CIALIS remains in your body for more than 2 days. The active ingredient can remain longer if you have problems with your kidneys or liver, or you are taking certain other medications.

Stop sexual activity and get medical help right away if you get symptoms such as chest pain, dizziness, or nausea during sex. Sexual activity can put an extra strain on your heart, especially if your heart is already weak from a heart attack or heart disease.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking CIALIS?

CIALIS is not right for everyone. Only your healthcare provider and you can decide if CIALIS is right for you. Ask your healthcare provider if your heart is healthy enough for you to have sexual activity. You should not take CIALIS if your healthcare provider has told you not to have sexual activity because of your health problems. Before taking CIALIS, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical problems, particularly if you have or ever had:
- heart problems such as chest pain (angina), heart failure, irregular heartbeats, or have had a heart attack

- high or low blood pressure
or have high blood pressure that is not controlled

- stroke

- liver or kidney problems or require dialysis


- retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic (runs in families) eye disease

- severe vision loss, including a condition called NAION

-
stomach ulcers or a bleeding problem

- a deformed penis shape or Peyronie's disease

- an erection that lasted more than 4 hours

- blood cell problems such as sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma, or leukemia

Can Other Medicines Affect CIALIS?
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take especially if you take:

- medicines called "nitrates" which are often prescribed for chest pain

- alpha-blockers often prescribed for prostate problems

- blood pressure medications

- medicines for HIV or some types of oral antifungal medications

- some types of antibiotics such as clarithromycin, telithromycin, erythromycin (several brand names exist, please contact your healthcare provider to determine if you are taking this medicine)

- other medicines or treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED)

- CIALIS is also marketed as ADCIRCA for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Do not take both CIALIS and ADCIRCA. Do not take sildenafil citrate (Revatio®)* with CIALIS.

What Should I Avoid While Taking CIALIS?

- Do not use other ED medicines or ED treatments while taking CIALIS.

- Do not drink too much alcohol when taking CIALIS (for example, 5 glasses of wine or 5 shots of whiskey). Drinking too much alcohol can increase your chances of getting a headache or getting dizzy, increasing your heart rate, or lowering your blood pressure.

What Are The Possible Side Effects Of CIALIS?

The most common side effects with CIALIS are: headache, indigestion, back pain, muscle aches, flushing, and stuffy or runny nose. These side effects usually go away after a few hours. Men who get back pain and muscle aches usually get it 12 to 24 hours after taking CIALIS. Back pain and muscle aches usually go away within 2 days. Call your healthcare provider if you get any side effect that bothers you or one that does not go away.

Uncommon but serious side effects include:
An erection that won't go away: If you get an erection lasting more than 4 hours, seek immediate medical help to avoid long-term injury.

In rare instances, men taking prescription ED tablets, including CIALIS, reported a sudden decrease or loss of vision or hearing (sometimes with ringing in the ears and dizziness). It's not possible to determine if these events are related directly to the ED tablets or to other factors. If you have a sudden decrease or loss of vision or hearing, stop taking any ED tablet, including CIALIS and call a healthcare provider right away.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

CIALIS does not:
- cure ED

- increase a man's sexual desire

- protect a man or his partner from sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV

- serve as a male form of birth control

CIALIS is available by prescription only. For additional information, talk to your healthcare provider and see full Patient Information and Prescribing Information

*The brand listed is a trademark of its respective owner and is not a trademark of Eli Lilly and Company. The maker of this brand is not affiliated with and does not endorse Eli Lilly and Company or its products.

TD Con-F ISI 03FEB2012
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Side Effects News Item:
Permanent partial blindness -
(story released 5-27-05)

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Coreg
(carvedilol)


Glaxo Smith Kline

Hypertension, heart attack, heart failure

Brief Side Effects:

OFFICIAL:
"Important Safety Information
It is important for patients to take their medicine every day as directed by their doctors or health care providers. Patients taking COREG should avoid stopping therapy abruptly. With certain beta-blocking agents, stopping therapy abruptly has led to chest pain and, in some cases, heart attack. If their doctor decides that they should stop taking COREG, their doctor or health care provider may slowly reduce their doses over a period of time before stopping it completely.

- shortness of breath, a slow heartbeat,
- weight gain, fatigue,
- hypotension, dizziness, or
- faintness.
People taking COREG who have any of these symptoms should call their doctor. Additionally, if patients experience fatigue or dizziness, they should sit or lie down and avoid driving or hazardous tasks. Beta-blockers may mask the symptoms of low blood sugar or alter blood sugar levels. People with diabetes should report any changes in blood sugar levels to their physician. Contact lens wearers may produce fewer tears or have dry eyes.

- severe heart failure who are hospitalized in the intensive care unit. Also, people who require
- certain intravenous medications that help support their circulation (inotropic medications) should not receive COREG. Other people who should not take COREG are those who are prone to asthma or other breathing problems, those with a very slow heartbeat or heart that skips a beat (irregular heartbeat), and those with liver problems."
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Cosentyx
(secukinumab)


Novartis

Psoriasis

From TV Commercial
(See Me) -
"... Do not use if you are allergic to Cosentyx. Before starting, you should be tested for tuberculosis. An increased risk of infections and lowered ability to fight them may occur. Tell your doctor if you have an infection or symptoms such as fever, sweats, chills, muscle aches or cough. Or if you have received a vaccine or plan to. If you have Crohn's disease, tell your doctor, as symptoms can worsen. Serious allergic reactions may occur. ... "

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Crestor
(rosuvastatin)


Astrazeneca

Cholesterol

From TV Commercial
(Make Your Move) -
"... Crestor is not for people with liver disease, or women who are nursing, pregnant, or may become pregnant. Tell your doctor all medicines you take. Call your doctor if you have muscle pain or weakness, feel unusually tired, have loss of appetite, upper belly pain, dark urine, or yellowing of skin or eyes. These could be signs of serious side effects. ... "
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Detrol
(tolterodine tartrate)


Pfizer

Bladder control

From TV Commercial (Gotta Go) -
"... Prescription Detrol LA. You shouldn't take it if you have certain kinds of stomach, urinary, or glaucoma problems. The most common side effects are dry mouth, constipation, abdominal pain and headache, ... "



Medicines like DETROL LA can cause blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness.
Use caution while driving or doing other dangerous activities until you know how DETROL LA affects you.
These are not all the side effects with DETROL LA. For a complete list, ask your doctor or pharmacist."
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Ditropan
(oxybutynin chloride)


Ortho-McNeil

Bladder control and "off-label" uses

Brief Side Effects:


OFFICIAL:
"Important Safety Information
- hypersensitivity to the drug substance or other components of the product.

The incidence of side effects reported more commonly by patients treated with DITROPAN XL in clinical trials using 10 mg daily compared to those permitting doses of 5 to 30 mg daily was: dry mouth (29% vs 61%); constipation (7% vs 13%); drowsiness (2% vs 12%); headache (6% vs 10%); nausea (2% vs 9%); diarrhea (7% vs 9%); blurred vision (1% vs 8%) and dizziness (4% vs 6%).

Heat prostration (fever and heat stroke due to decreased sweating) can occur when anticholinergics such as oxybutynin are administered in hot weather.

Tablets must be swallowed whole with the aid of liquids, and must not be chewed, divided, or crushed."
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Brand Name

(generic name)

Manufacturer

Indication

Side Effects
TV Commercial

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Eliquis
(apixaban)


Bristol-Myers Squibb

Blood Thinner

From TV commercial
(Kayaker) -
"... Don't stop taking Eliquis unless your doctor tells you to, as stopping increases your risk of having a stroke. Eliquis can cause serious, and in rare cases, FATAL bleeding. Don't take Eliquis if you have an artificial heart valve, or abnormal bleeding. While taking Eliquis, you may bruise more easily, and it may take longer than usual for any bleeding to stop. Seek immediate medical care for sudden signs of bleeding, like unusual bruising. Eliquis may increase your bleeding risk, if you take certain medicines. Tell your doctor about all planned medical or dental procedures. ... "
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Enbrel
(etanercept)


Amgen

Rheumatoid Arthritis

From TV commercial
(Everyday Activities) -
"... Enbrel may lower your ability to fight infections. Serious, sometimes FATAL events, including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, nervous system and blood disorders, and allergic reactions have occurred. Tell your doctor if you've been someplace where fungal infections are common, or if you're prone to infections, have cuts or sores, have had hepatitis B, have been treated for heart failure, or you have persistent fever, bruising, bleeding or paleness. Don't start Enbrel if you have an infection like the flu. ... "
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Farxiga
(dapagliflozin)



Astrazenica

Type 2 Diabetes

From TV commercial
(All Walks of Life) -
"... Do not take, if allergic to Farxiga, or its ingredients. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include rash, swelling, or difficulty breathing or swallowing. If you have any of these symptoms, stop taking Farxiga, and seek medical help right away. Do not take Farxiga if you have severe kidney problems, or on dialysis, or have bladder cancer. Tell your doctor right away, if you have blood, or red color in your urine, or pain when you urinate. Farxiga can cause serious side effects, including dehydration, genital yeast infections in women and men, low blood sugar, kidney problems, and increased bad cholesterol. Common side effects include urinary tract infections, changes in urination, and runny nose. ... "
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Fosamax
(alendronate sodium)



Merck

Osteoporosis

Brief Side Effects:
Heartburn, difficulty swallowing

OFFICIAL:
"Selected Cautionary Information About FOSAMAX and FOSAMAX PLUS D

- disorders of the esophagus (the tube connecting the mouth with the stomach), are not able to stand or sit upright for 30 minutes, have severe kidney disease, low blood calcium, or are allergic to FOSAMAX or FOSAMAX PLUS D. Before use, talk to your doctor if you have or have had stomach or digestive problems or problems with swallowing.

- new or worsening heartburn, difficult or painful swallowing, or chest pain because these may be signs of serious upper digestive problems, which can include irritation, inflammation, or ulceration of the esophagus.
- severe bone, joint, and/or muscle pain
- stomach pain, indigestion/heartburn, or nausea."

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Harvoni
(ledipasvir plus
sofosbuvir)



Gilead

Hepatitis C

From TV commercial
(I am ready) -
" ... Tell your doctor if you have other liver or kidney problems, or other medical conditions. And about all the medicines you take, including herbal supplements. Harvoni should not be taken with any medicines containing amiodarone, rifampin, or St. John's wort. It also should not be taken with any other medicine which contains Solvaldi. Side effects may include tiredness and headache. ... "
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Hetlioz
(tasimelteon)


Vanda

This is a new type of ad, which does NOT name the controversial drug, but refers you to a web page instead.

So, there is no reason to list the side effects, right?
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Non-24

From TV commercial (Non-24) -
The commercial refers you to a URL -
www.learnmorenon24.com
which ALSO does not mention the drug.

Further independent study reveals the ACTUAL drug involved is Hetlioz, made by Vanda Pharma. -
www.hetlioz.com
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Side Effects from helioz.com -
"HETLIOZ® may cause drowsiness. After taking HETLIOZ®, limit your activity to preparing for bed. HETLIOZ® can potentially impair your ability to perform activities that require complete mental alertness.

The most common side effects associated with HETLIOZ® include headache, elevated liver enzymes (ALT), nightmares or abnormal dreams, and upper respiratory or urinary tract infection. These side effects may occur more frequently in patients 65 years of age or older.

Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you're taking. HETLIOZ® should not be taken in combination with fluvoxamine or rifampin.

Tell your healthcare provider about all of your health conditions, including whether you are pregnant, are planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. HETLIOZ® has not been studied in pregnant women. HETLIOZ® should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risks.

HETLIOZ® has not been studied in children and it is not recommended for use in patients with severe liver problems."
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Humira
(adalimumab)


Abbott

Rheumatoid arthritis

From TV commercial (Food Drive) -
" ... Humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. Serious, sometimes FATAL infections and cancers, including lymphoma, have happened, as have blood and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure. Before treatment, get tested for TB. Tell your doctor if you have been to areas where certain fungal infections are common, and if you have had TB, hepatitis B, are prone to infections, or have flu-like symptoms or sores. Don't start Humira if you have an infection. ... "
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Invokana
(canagliflozin)


Janssen

Diabetes

From TV commercial
(You're Not Alone) -
" ... Invokana can cause important side effects, including dehydration, which may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, lightheaded, or weak, especially when you stand up. Other side effects may include kidney problems, genital yeast infections, urinary tract infections, changes in urination, high potassium in the blood, or increases in cholesterol. Do not take Invokana if you have severe kidney problems, or are on dialysis. Stop taking and call your doctor right away, if you experience symptoms, such as rash, swelling, or difficulty breathing or swallowing, Tell your doctor about any medical conditions, medications you are taking, and if you have kidney or liver problems. Using Invokana with a sulfonylurea or insulin may increase risk of low blood sugar. ..."
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Januvia
(sitagliptin)


Merck

Diabetes

From TV commercial
(Works Less When Low) -
" ... Januvia should not be used in patients with Type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis Tell your doctor if you have a history of pancreatitis. Serious side effects can happen, including pancreatitis, which may be severe, and lead to DEATH. Stop taking Januvia, and call your doctor right away, if you have severe pain in your stomach area, which may be pancreatitis. Tell your doctor right away, and stop taking Januvia, if you have an allergic reaction that causes swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, or affects your breathing, or causes rash or hives. Kidney problems, sometimes requiring dialysis, have been reported. Using Januvia and a sulfonlurea or insulin together may cause low blood sugar. To reduce the risk, your doctor may prescribe a lower dose of the sulfonlurea or insulin. Your doctor may perform blood tests before and during treatment to check your kidneys. If you have kidney problems, a lower dose may be prescribed. Side effects may include upper respiratory tract infections, stuffy or runny nose and sore throat, and headache. ... "
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Jardiance
(empagliflozin)


Boehringer I.

Diabetes

From TV commercial
(Around the Clock) -
" ... Jardiance can cause serious side effects including dehydration, This may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, or lightheaded, or weak upon standing. Other side effects are genital yeast infections, urinary tract infections, changes in urination, kidney problems, and increased bad cholesterol. Do not take Jardiance if you are on dialysis, or have severe kidney problems. Stop taking Jardiance, and call your doctor right away, if you have symptoms of an allergic reaction. Symptoms may include rash, swelling, and difficulty breathing or swallowing. Taking Jardiance with a sulfonylurea or insulin, may cause low blood sugar. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, and if you have any medical conditions. ... "
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Jublia
(efinaconazole)


Valeant Pharma.

Toenail Fungus

From TV commercial
(Red Carpet) -
" ... Most common side effects include ingrown toenail, application site redness, itching, swelling, burning or stinging, blisters, and pain. ... "
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Kerydin
(tavaborole)


PharmaDerm

Toenail Fungus

From TV commercial
(Toe Tucker) -
" ... Kerydin may cause irritation at the treated site. Most common side effects include skin peeling, ingrown toenail, redness, itching and swelling. Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you, and does not go away. ... "
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Latuda
(lurasidone)


Sunovion Pharma.

Antipsychotic

From TV commercial
(Amy's Story) -
" ... Latuda is not for everyone. Call your doctor about unusual mood changes, behaviors, or suicidal thoughts. Antidepressants can increase these in children, teens, and young adults. Elderly dementia patients on Latuda have an increased risk of DEATH or stroke. Call your doctor about fever, stiff muscles and confusion, as these may be signs of a life-threatening reaction, or if you have uncontrollable muscle movements, as these may be permanent. High blood sugar has been seen with Latuda, and medicines like it, and in extreme cases can lead to coma or DEATH. Other risks include decreased white blood cells, which can be FATAL, dizziness on standing, seizures, increased cholesterol, weight or prolactin, trouble swallowing, and impaired judgment. Avoid grapefruit, and grapefruit juice. Use caution before driving, or operating machinery. ... "
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Levemir
(insulin detemir)


Novo Nordisk

Diabetes

From TV commercial
(Today's the Day) -
" ... Levemir is a long-acting insulin,used to control high blood sugar in adults and children with diabetes, and is not recommended to treat diabetic ketoacidosis. Do not use Levemir if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. The most common side effect is low blood sugar, which may cause symptoms such as sweating, shakiness, confusion and headache. Severe low blood sugar can be serious and life-threatening. Ask your doctor about alcohol use, operating machinery or driving. Other possible side effects include injection site reactions. Tell your doctor about all medicines you take, and all of your medical conditions. Check your blood sugar. Your insulin dose should not be changed without asking your doctor. Get medical help right away if you have trouble breathing, sweating, extreme drowsiness, swelling of your face, tongue or throat, dizziness or confusion. ... "
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Levitra
(vardenafil HCL)


Bayer
Glaxo Smith Kline
Schering Plough

ED - Erectile Dysfunction

Brief Side Effects:
Permanent, partial blindness - (story released 5-27-05)
Drug interactions, headache, flushing

OFFICIAL:
"Men taking nitrate drugs, often used to control chest pain (also known as angina), should not take LEVITRA. Men who use alpha blockers, sometimes prescribed for high blood pressure or prostate problems, also should not take LEVITRA. Such combinations could cause blood pressure to drop to an unsafe - erection for more than four hours
- certain medications such as ritonavir, indinavir,
- headache, flushing, and stuffy or runny nose.
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Linzess
(linaclotide)


Actavis

IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome

From TV commercial
(Calm the Raging Storm) -
" ... Do not give Linzess to children under 6, and it should not be given to children 6 to 17. It may harm them (WHAT? No need to say HOW it may harm them? BULLSPIT!). Don't take Linzess if you have a bowel blockage. Get immediate help if you develop unusual or severe stomach pain, especially with bloody or black stools. The most common side effect is diarrhea, sometimes severe. If its severe, stop taking Linzess and call your doctor right away. Other side effects include gas, stomach area pain, and swelling. ... "
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Lunesta
(eszopiclone)
(estorra)


Sepracor

Sleeping pill

Brief Side Effects:
Morning drowsiness, dependency, head ache, dizziness

OFFICIAL:
"Important Safety Information:
- dependency. Do not use sleep medicines for extended periods without first talking to your doctor. Side effects may include unpleasant taste, headache, drowsiness and dizziness."
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Lyrica
(pregabalin)


Pfizer

Seizures, Pain

From TV commercial
(School Teacher) -
"... Lyrica may cause serious allergic reactions, or suicidal thoughts or actions. Tell your doctor right away if you have these, new or worsening depression, or unusual changes in mood or behavior. Or swelling, trouble breathing, rash, hives, blisters, muscle pain with fever, tired feeling or blurry vision. Common side effects are dizzyness, sleepiness, weight gain, and swelling of hands, legs and feet. Don't drink alcohol while taking Lyrica. Don't drive or use machinery until you know how Lyrica affects you. Those who have had a drug or alcohol problem may be more likely to misuse Lyrica. ... "
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Movantik
(naloxegol)


AstraZeneca

OIC - Opiod Induced Constipation

From TV commercial
(Opiod Baggage) -
"... Do not take Movantik if you have a bowel blockage, or a history of them. Serious side effects include a tear in your stomach or intestine. And can also include symptoms of opiod withdrawal. Common side effects include stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea, gas, vomiting and headache. Tell your doctor about any side effects and about medicines you take, as Movantik may interact with them, causing side effects. ..."
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Myrbetriq
(mirabegron)


Astellas

OAB - Overactive Bladder

From TV commercial
(Bowling) -
"... Myrbetriq mirabegron may increase your blood pressure. Myrbetriq may increase your chances of not being able to empty your bladder. Tell your doctor right away if you have trouble emptying your bladder, or have a weak urine stream. Myrbetriq may affect, or be affected by other medications, so tell your doctor about all the medicines you take. Before taking Myrbetriq, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney problems. Common side effects include increased blood pressure, common cold symptoms, urinary tract infection and headache.. ... "
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Namenda
(memantine HCl)


Forest Pharma.

Alzheimer's

From TV commercial
(Be A Guardian) -
"... Namenda XR doesn't change how the disease progresses. It shouldn't be taken by anyone allergic to memantine or who's had a bad reaction to Namenda XR or its ingredients. Before starting treatment, tell their doctor, if they have or have ever had a seisure disorder, difficulty passing urine, liver, kidney or bladder problems, and about medications they are taking, Certain medications, changes in diet, or medical conditions may affect the amount of Namenda XR in the body, and may increase side effects. The most common side effects are headache, diarrhea and dizziness. ... "
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Namzaric
(memantine HCl)


Forest Pharma.

Alzheimer's

From TV commercial
(Mother and Daughter) -
"... Namzeric does not change how the disease progresses. It shouldn't be taken by anyone allergic to mementine, donepilzil, piperidine or any of the ingredients in namzeric. Before starting treatment, tell the doctor about any medical conditions they have, including heart or lung problems, seizures, stomach ulcers, bladder, kidney or liver problems. Tell the doctor if the patient will have any procedures involving anesthesia, which may cause muscle problems. Other serious side effects may occur, including slow heartbeat and fainting, increased stomach acid, which may. raise the chance of ulcers and bleeding, nausea anbd vomiting, difficulty passing urine, seisures, and worsening of lung problems. The most common side effects associated with Namzeric, are headache, diahhrea, dizzyness, loss of appatite, and brusing. ... "
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Neulasta
(pegfilgrastim)


Amgen

Cancer Treatment

From TV commercial
(Sisters) -
"... Neulasta is for certain cancer patients receiving strong chemotherapy. Do not take Neulasta if you are allergic to Neulasta or Nupogen. Ruptured spleen, sometimes FATAL, as well as serious lung problems, and allergic reactions have occurred. Report abdominal of shoulder tip pain, trouble breathing or allergic reactions to your doctor right away. In patients with sickle cell disorders, serious, sometimes FATAL crisis, can occur. The most common side effect is bone and muscle ache. ... "
WTH is shoulder tip pain? Ectopic pregnancy. Weird.
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Nexium
(esomeprazole magnesium)


Astrazenica

Indigestion (acid reflux disease)

Brief Side Effects:
Headache, diarrhea, abdominal pain

OFFICIAL:
- headache, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
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Nicoderm CQ
(nicotine)


GlaxoSmithKline

Stop Smoking Patch

From TV commercial
(Smoked and Quit) -
No side effects mentioned.

I would guess the side effects include WHATEVER happens when you take nicotine into your body, such as when smoking.
For instance, shakiness, rapid heart beat, constricted blood vessels, etc.
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NovoLog FlexPen
(insulin aspart)


Novo Nordisk

Diabetes

From TV commercial
(Now I Know) -
"... NovoLog is used to control high blood sugar in adults and children with diabetes. Take NovoLog as directed. Eat a meal within 5 to 10 minutes after injection. Check your blood sugar levels. Do not take NovoLog if your blood sugar is too low, or you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medicines you take. Ask your doctor about alcohol use, operating machinery, or driving. The most common side effect is low blood sugar. Symptoms may include dizziness, sweating confusion and headache. Severe low blood sugar can be LIFE-THREATENING. Other common side effects include low potassium in your blood, and injection site reactions. Get medical help right away if you experience trouble with breathing, serious allergic reactions, like swelling of your face, tongue or throat, sweating, extreme drowsiness, dizziness or confusion. ... "
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Brand Name

(generic name)

Manufacturer

 

Indication

Side Effects

Onexton
clindamycin


Valeant Pharma.

Acne

From TV commercial
(Fight Acne) -
" ... Don't use Onexton, if you have Chrone's Disease, or colitis, inflamation of the colon, or had colitis or severe diarrhea with past antibiotic use. Stop use if you develop severe waterey or bloody diahrrhea, or severe abdominal cramps, as these may be FATAL. Do not use if allergic to Clindamycin, Benzoyl peroxide, Lincomycin, or any of the ingredients in Onexton. Stop use and call your doctor if you have an allergic reaction as this can be serious. The most common side effect is skin irritation, especially if used with other acne products. Stop use and call your doctor if you have a rash, or very red, burning, itchy or swollen skin. Limit your time in the sun, Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps. ..."
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Opdivo
nivolumab


Bristol Meyers S.

Lung Cancer

From TV commercial
(Longer Life) -
" ... Opdivo is different. It works with your immune system. Opdivo can cause your immune system to attack normal organs and tissues in your body, and affect how they work. This may happen any time during or after treatment has ended, and may become serious, and lead to DEATH. See your doctor right away if you experience new or worsening cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, diarrhea, severe stomach pain or tenderness, severe nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, swollen ankles, extreme fatigue, constipation, brash (sic) or muscular joint pain, as this may keep these problems from becoming more serious. These are not all the possible side effects of Opdivo. Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including immune system problems, or if you have had an organ transplant. or lung, breathing or liver problems. ... "
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Orencia
abatacept


Bristol Meyers S.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

From TV commercial
(Targeting the Source) -
" ... Do not take Orencia with another biologic medicine for RA due to an increased risk of serious infection. Serious side effects can occur, including FATAL infections. Cases of lymphoma and blood cancer have been reported. Tell your doctor if you're prone to, or have any infection, like an open sore, the flu, or a history of COPD, a chronic lung disease. Orencia may worsen your COPD. ... "
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Osphena
ospemifene


Shionogi

Vaginal Dryness Psoriasis

From TV commercial
(Patti Goes Public) -
" ... Don't use Osphena if you have unusual vaginal bleeding, have or have had breast or uterine cancer, blood clots, had a stroke or heart attack, have liver problems, are allergic to Osphena or its ingredients, or are pregnant. Osphena may increase your risk for uterine cancer, strokes or blood clots. So talk to your doctor regularly about continuing Osphena. Call your doctor right away if you have unusual vaginal bleeding, changes in vision or speech, sudden severe headache, leg or chest pain, or shortness of breath. Side effects may include hot flashes, increased sweating, muscle spasms and vaginal discharge. ... "
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Otezla
apremilast


Celgene

Plaque Psoriasis

From TV commercial
(Show More of You) -
" ... Don't take Otezla, if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Otezla may increase the risk of depression. Tell your doctor if you have a history of depression, or suicidal thoughts, or if these feeling develop. Some people taking Otezla reported weight loss. Your doctor should not enter your weight, and may stop treatment. Side effects may include diarrhea, nausea, upper respiratory tract infections, and headache. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, and if you are pregnant, or planning to be. Ask your doctor about Otezla today."

"Your doctor should not enter your weight ..."
What the hel| does that mean?
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Paxil
(paroxetine)



Glaxo Smith Kline

Depression

Brief Side Effects:
Suicide

OFFICIAL:
- suicidal thoughts or behavior whether or not you are taking antidepressants. In some children and teens, antidepressants increase suicidal thoughts or actions. You and your family should watch closely and call the doctor right away, if you have worsening depression, thoughts of suicide, or sudden or severe changes in mood or behavior (for example feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, hyperactive, overly excited, or not being able to sleep), especially at the beginning of treatment or after any change in dose.

CAN I TAKE PAXIL® (paroxetine HCl) WITH OTHER MEDICATIONS?
In most cases, you can take Paxil with other medications. However, medicines known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), thioridazine or pimozide should not be taken while you are taking Paxil. There may be other medicines that don't react well wih Paxil,

DOES PAXIL CAUSE SIDE EFFECTS?
- nausea, which may be lessened by taking it with food. Other side effects may include infection, diarrhea, dry mouth, constipation, decreased appetite, sleepiness, dizziness, sexual side effects, nervousness, tremor, yawning, sweating, weakness or insomnia.
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Plavix
(clopidogrel bisulfate)



Bristol-Myers Squibb

Blood thinner

Brief Side Effects:
Excessive bleeding (sometimes FATAL), skin disorders
an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
bloody (or black) vomit or stools;
severe headache, confusion, or dizziness;
unexplained bruising or bleeding; or bleeding nose
upset stomach;
diarrhea or constipation;
headache or dizziness

many, many, drug interactions

OFFICIAL:
There is NO "Important Safety Information" on the Plavix website. For good reason.
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Premarin
(conjugated estrogens tablets)


Pfizer

Vaginal dryness

From TV commercial
(Nobody Told Me) -
" ... Premarin Vaginal Creme treats vaginal changes due to menopause, and moderate to severe painful intercourse caused by these changes. Don't use it if you have had unusual vaginal bleeding, breast or uterine cancer, blood clots, liver problems, stroke or heart attack, are allergic to any of its ingredients, or think you're pregnant. Side effects may include headache, pelvic pain, breast pain, vaginal pain and vaginitis. Estrogens may increase your chances of getting cancer of the uterus, strokes, blood clots or dementia. So use it for the SHORTEST time, based on goals and risks. Estrogen should not be used to prevent heart disease, heart attack or dementia. ... "
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Previous Official Side Effects:
- vaginitis due to yeast or other causes, vaginal bleeding, painful menstruation, and leg cramps.

- breast pain/enlargement, vaginitis due to yeast or other causes, leg cramps, vaginal spotting/bleeding, and painful menstruation.
- vaginal discomfort or pain, breast pain, vaginitis, and itching. . . ."
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Prilosec
(omeprazole)


Proctor and Gamble

Heartburn

Brief Side Effects:
Allergic reaction, drug interactions, headache

OFFICIAL:
The Prilosec website won't say, but the FDA DOES: headache, diarrhea, constipation, upset stomach, vomiting, stomach pain, cough, cold symptoms, dizziness, rash
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Procrit
(erythropoietin)
(Epoetin Alfa)



Ortho Biotech

Anemia

Brief Side Effects:
Hypertension, increased death rate, seizures, thrombosis

OFFICIAL:
(presented as a graphic only on the Procrit website, so search engines CANNOT read it)

The following is from the National Institute of Health -
"What side effects can this medication cause?

Epoetin may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

* redness, swelling, stinging, bruising, itching, or a lump at the place where you injected epoetin

* headache
* joint or muscle pain
* upset stomach
* vomiting
* indigestion or "heartburn"
* stomach pain
* diarrhea
* constipation
* runny nose
* sneezing
* difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep

Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately:
* leg pain or swelling
* shortness of breath
* coughing up blood
* cough that doesn't go away
* blue-grey color or darkening around mouth or nails
* dizziness
* fainting
* blurred vision
* temporary confusion
* slow or difficult speech
* loss of memory or ability to concentrate
* hallucinating (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist)
* extreme tiredness
* seizures
* weakness, numbness, heaviness, or tingling in arms or legs
* floppiness or loss of muscle tone
* lack of energy
* increased or rapid heart beat
* irregular heart beat
* chest pain or tightness
* excessive sweating
* fever, sore throat, chills, cough, and other signs of infection
* rash
* hives
* itching
* swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, or ankles
* wheezing
* difficulty breathing or swallowing
* hoarseness

- risk of cardiovascular problems, including DEATH, especially in patients with heart disease. It is important for your doctor to check your hemoglobin while you are taking epoetin. If your hemoglobin rises too high or too fast while using epoetin, serious problems may occur, including
- edema (swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs),
- heart attack or heart failure,
- high blood pressure, seizures, stroke,
- blood clots in your heart, legs, or lungs.

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high blood pressure, seizures
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other side effects.
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Prolia
(
denosumab)


Amgen

Osteoporosis

From TV commercial
(Blithe Danner) -
"... Do not take Prolia if you have low blood calcium, are pregnant, are allergic to it, or take Xgiva. Get medical help right away for a serious allergic reaction causing low blood pressure, trouble breathing, throat, face, lip, or tongue swelling, or rash, itching or hives. Prolia can cause serious side effects including low blood calcium, serious infections, which could require hospitalization, and skin inflammation, rash or eczema. Tell your doctor about dental problems, as severe jawbone problems may happen. Or new and unusual pain in your hip, groin or thigh, as unusual thighbone fractures have occurred. ... "
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Stelara
(
ustekinumab)

Centocor

Plaque Psoriasis

From TV commercial
(Seasons) -
"... Stelara may lower your ability to fight infections and increase your risk of infections. Some serious infections require hospitalization. Before starting Stelara, your doctor should test for tuberculosis. Stelara may increase your risk of cancer. Always tell your doctor if you have any sign of infection, have had cancer, or if you develop any new skin growths. Do not take Stelara if you are allergic to Stelara, or any of its ingredients. Alert your doctor of new or worsening problems, including headaches, seisures, confusion and vision problems. These may be signs of a rare, potentially FATAL brain condition. Serious allergic reactions can occur. Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your house needs or has recently received a vaccine, ..." WTH???
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Strattera
(atomoxetine HCL)


Eli Lilly

ADHD
(attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)

Brief Side Effects:
Jaundice, liver damage
Life-thretening if taken within 2 weeks of taking a MAO inhibitor.

OFFICIAL:
"Safety Information
* You should not take Strattera at the same time or within two weeks of taking an MAOI, or if you have narrow-angle glaucoma. Tell your doctor if you have a history of high or low blood pressure, increased heart rate, or any heart or blood vessel disease.
- liver damage.
* In children, the most common side effects were upset stomach, decreased appetite, nausea or vomiting, tiredness, dizziness, and mood swings.  In adults, the most common side effects were constipation, dry mouth, nausea, decreased appetite, dizziness, problems sleeping, sexual side effects, problems urinating, and menstrual cramps.
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Tamiflu
(
oseltamivir)

Genentech

Influenza

From TV commercial
(Kids) -
"... Before taking Tamiflu, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing, have serious health conditions, or take other medicines. If you develop an allergic reaction, a severe rash or signs of unusual behavior, stop taking Tamiflu and call your doctor immediately. Children and adolescents in particular may be at an increased risk of seizures, confusion, or abnormal behavior. The most common side effects are mild to moderate nausea and vomiting. ... "
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Tanzium
(albiglutide)


Glaxo Smith Kline

Diabetes

From TV commercial
(Lower Your A1C) -
"... Tanzium is not recommended as the first medicine to treat diabetes, or in people with severe stomach or intestinal problems. Tanzium is not insulin, and is not used to treat type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis, and has not been studied with mealtime insulin. Do not take Tanzium if you or your family have a history of medullary thyroid cancer, or multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2, or if you are allergic to Tanzium, or any of its ingredients. Stop using Tanzium and call your doctor right away if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction, which may include itching, rash, or difficulty breathing. If you have signs of pancreatitis, such as severe stomach pain that will not go away, and may move to your back, with or without vomiting. Or, if you have symptoms of thyroid cancer, which include a lump or swelling in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath.

Tell your doctor about your medical conditions, and all medicines you're taking. And if you're nursing, pregnant, or may become pregnant.. Taking Tanzium with a sulfonylurea, or insulin, increases your risk for low blood sugar. Common side effects with Tanzium include diarrhea, nausea, injection site reactions, cough, back pain, and cold or flu symptoms. Some serious side effects can lead to dehydration, which may cause kidney failure. ... "
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Tecfidera
(dimethyl fumarate)


Biogen

Relapsing MS

From TV commercial
(Relapsing MS) -
"... Tecfidera may cause serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, PML, which is a rare brain infection that USUALLY LEADS TO DEATH or severe disability, and decreases in your white blood cells. The most common side effects are flushing and stomach problems. Tell your doctor about any low white blood cell counts, infections, any other medical conditions, or if you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, or are breast feeding, or plan to breast feed. ... "
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Toujeo
(insulin glargine)


Sanofi

Diabetes

From TV commercial
(Journal) -
"... Don't use Toujeo to treat diabetic ketoacidosis, during episodes of low blood sugar, or if you are allergic to insulin. Allergic reaction may occur, and may be life threatening. Don't share needles, insulin pens or syringes with others. Don't reuse needles. The most common side effect is low blood sugar, which may cause shaking, sweating, fast heart beat, and blurred vision. Check your blood sugar levels daily, while using Toujeo. Low blood sugar can be serious, and may be life-threatening. Injection site reactions may occur. Don't change your dose or type of insulin without talking to your doctor. Tell your doctor if you take other medicines, and about all your medical conditions. Toujeo may cause serious side effects, like heart failure, that can lead to DEATH. Taking pills called TZDs, thiazolidinediones, with Toujeo, may cause heart failure, even if you have never had heart failure before. Don't dilute or mix Toujeo with other insulins or solutions, as it may not work as intended, and you may lose blood sugar control, which could be serious. ... "
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Trulicity
(dulaglutide)


Eli Lilly

Type 2 Diabetes

From TV commercial
(Jerry) -
"... Trulicity is a once weekly injectable prescription medicine to improve blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. It should be used along with diet and exercise. Trulicity is not recommended as the first medicine to treat diabetes, and should not be used by people with severe stomach or intestinal problems, or people with type 1 diabetes, or diabetic ketoacidosis. Trulicity is not insulin, and has not been studied with long-acting insulin. Do not take Trulicity, if you or anyone in your family has had medullary thyroid cancer, or multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2, or if you are allergic to Trulicity or its ingredients, Stop using Trulicity and call your doctor right away if you have symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as itching, rash, or difficulty breathing, if you have signs of pancreatitis, such as severe stomach pain that will not go away, and may move to your back, with or without vomiting, or if you have symptoms of thyroid cancer, which may include a lump or swelling in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath. Medicines like Trulicity may cause stomach problems which could be severe. Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, and any medicines you take. Taking Trulicity with a sulfonylurea or insulin may increase your risk for low blood sugar. Common side effects include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, decreased appetite and indigestion. Some side effects can lead to dehydration, which may cause kidney failure. ... "
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Brand Name

(generic name)

Manufacturer

 

Indication

Side Effects

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Valtrex
(valacyclovir HCL)


Glaxo Smith Kline

Herpes

Brief Side Effects:
Headache, nausea, abdominal pain, constipation, allergic reaction, dizziness, tremors, compromised immune system, drug interactions

OFFICIAL:
"Important Information About VALTREX
There is no cure for herpes. Even with treatment, it may be possible to spread herpes.
- immune system is not normal because of advanced HIV disease, bone marrow or kidney transplant. Common side effects are headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and dizziness."
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Vesicare
(solifenacin succinate)


Glaxo Smith Kline

Leaky pipes

Brief Side Effects:
Abdominal pain, constipation, dry mouth

OFFICIAL:
"Important Information about VESIcare
- serious allergic reaction, severe abdominal pain, or become constipated for three or more days, tell your doctor right away. In studies, common side effects were dry mouth, constipation, blurred vision and indigestion."
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Viagra
(sildenafil citrate)


Pfizer

ED (Erectile Dysfunction)

From TV commercial (Just the Two of You") -
"... Ask your doctor if you are healthy enough for sex. Do not take Viagra, if you take nitrates for chest pain. It may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. Side effects include headache, flushing, upset stomach and abnormal vision. To avoid long-term injury, seek immediate medical help for an erection lasting more than 4 hours. Stop taking Viagra, and call your doctor right away, if you experience a sudden decrease or loss in vision or hearing. ... "
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Victoza
(
liraglutide)

Novo Nordisk

Type 2 Diabetes

From TV commercial
(Dominique Wilkins) -
"... Do not take Victoza if you have a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer, multiple endochrine neoplasia syndrome Type 2, or if you allergic to Victoza, or any of its ingredients. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat, fainting or dizziness, very rapid heartbeat, problems breathing or swallowing, severe rash or itching. Tell your doctor if you get a lump or swelling in your neck. Serious side effects may happen in people who take Victoza, including inflammation of the pancreas, pancreatitis, which may be FATAL. Stop taking Victoza and call your doctor right away, if you have signs of pancreatitis, such as severe pain that will not go away in your abdomen, or from your abdomen to your back, with or without vomiting. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, and if you have any medical conditions. Taking Victoza with a sulfonylurea or insulin may cause low blood sugar. The most common side effects are nausea, diarrhea, and headache. Some side effects can lead to dehydration, which may cause kidney problems.
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Vioxx
(rofecoxib)



Merck

Arthritis

Brief Side Effects:
FATAL heart attack, FATAL stroke

OFFICIAL: (October 2003)
"What are the possible side effects of VIOXX?

Serious but rare side effects that have been reported in patients taking VIOXX and/or related medicines have included:

* Serious stomach problems, such as stomach and intestinal bleeding, can occur with or without warning symptoms. These problems, if severe, could lead to hospitalization or death.

* Heart attacks and similar serious events have been reported in patients taking VIOXX.

* Serious allergic reactions including swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and/or throat which may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing and wheezing occur rarely but may require treatment right away. Severe skin reactions have also been reported.

* Serious kidney problems occur rarely, including acute kidney failure and worsening of chronic kidney failure.

* Severe liver problems, including hepatitis, jaundice and liver failure, occur rarely in patients taking NSAIDs, including VIOXX. Tell your doctor if you develop symptoms of liver problems. These include nausea, tiredness, itching, tenderness in the right upper abdomen, and flu-like symptoms.

In addition, the following side effects have been reported: anxiety, blurred vision, colitis, confusion, decreased levels of sodium in the blood, depression, fluid in the lungs, hair loss, hallucinations, increased levels of potassium in the blood, insomnia, low blood cell counts, menstrual disorder, palpitations, pancreatitis, ringing in the ears, severe increase in blood pressure, tingling sensation, unusual headache with stiff neck (aseptic meningitis), vertigo, worsening of epilepsy.

More common, but less serious side effects reported with VIOXX have included the following:

Upper and/or lower respiratory infection and/or inflammation
Headache
Dizziness
Diarrhea
Nausea and/or vomiting
Heartburn, stomach pain and upset
Swelling of the legs and/or feet
High blood pressure
Back pain
Tiredness
Urinary tract infection.

These side effects were reported in at least 2% of osteoarthritis patients receiving daily doses of VIOXX 12.5 mg to 25 mg in clinical studies.

The side effects described above do not include all of the side effects reported with VIOXX. Do not rely on this leaflet alone for information about side effects. Your doctor or pharmacist can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects. Any time you have a medical problem you think may be related to VIOXX, talk to your doctor.
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Vytorin
(ezetimibe - Zetia/ simvastatin - Zocor)


Merck/ Schering Plough

Cholesterol Statin

Brief Side Effects:
Unexplained muscle pain, weakness, liver problems, headache, food interactions, drug interactions

Merck Committed Scientific FRAUD

Vytorin Settlement

OFFICIAL:
Important Safety Information
Can't find it. - See Zocor
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Vyvanse
(
lisdexamfetamine)

Shire

This is a new type of ad, which does NOT mention the controversial drug, but refers you to a web page instead.

CONTROVERSIAL REPURPOSING -
Vyvanse is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. (Author's note - AKA speed, meth, amphetamine)
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B.E.D. - Binge Eating Disorder

From TV commercial
(Binge Eating Disorder)

Brief Side Effects
"- Heart-related
Sudden DEATH in people who have heart problems

- Mental problems
New or worse behavior and thought problems
Seeing things or hearing voices that are not real
Believing things that are not true
Being suspicious
New manic symptoms

- Circulation problems in fingers and toes
Fingers or toes may feel numb, cool, painful, sensitive to temperature and/or change color from pale to blue, to red.

Slowing of growth -
Your child should have his or her height and weight checked often while taking Vyvanse for ADHD."
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Wellbutrin
(bupropion HCl)


GlaxoSmithKline

Depression

Brief Side Effects:
Suicide

OFFICIAL:
"Side Effect Overview

- weight loss, loss of appetite,
dry mouth, skin rash, sweating,
ringing in the ears, shakiness,
stomach pain, agitation, anxiety,
dizziness, trouble sleeping,
muscle pain, nausea, fast heartbeat, s
ore throat, and urinating more often.
Seizures may occur.

GSK Comment -
"WELLBUTRIN XL is well-tolerated" - nothing is farther from the truth.
LOOK at the side effects! When they are this bad, you must lie a lot harder!
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Xarelto
(
rivaroxaban)

Janssen

Blood Thinner

From TV commercial
(Reduce Your Risk) -
"... For people with afib currently well managed on warfarin, there is limited information on how Xarelto and warfarin compare in reducing the risk of stroke."

"blah-blah-blah from Palmer and Nealon ..."

"Like all blood thinners, don't stop taking Xarelto without talking to your doctor, as this may increase your risk of a blood clot or stroke. While taking Xarelto, you may bruise more easily, and it may take longer for bleeding to stop. Xarelto may increase your risk of bleeding if you take certain medicines. Xarelto can cause serious bleeding, and in rare cases may be FATAL. Get help right away if you develop unexpected bleeding, unusual bruising or tingling. If you have had spinal anesthesia while on Xarelto, watch for back pain, or any nerve or muscle related signs or symptoms. Do not take Xarelto if you have an artificial heart valve, or abnormal bleeding. Tell your doctor before all planned medical or dental procedures. Before starting Xarelto, tell your doctor about any conditions, such as kidney, liver, or bleeding problems. ... "
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Xeljanz
(
tofacitinib citrate)

Pfizer

Rheumatoid Arthritis

From TV commercial
(Xeljanz TV Spot) -
"... Xeljanz tofacitinib is a small pill, for adults with moderate to severe RA, for whom methotrexate did not work well. Xeljanz is an RA medicine that can enter cells and interrupt JAK pathways, thought to play a role in the inflammation that comes with RA. Xeljanz can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. Serious, sometimes FATAL infections and cancers have happened in patients taking Xeljanz. Don't start taking Xeljanz if you have any kind of infection, unless OK with your doctor. Tears in the stomach or intestines, low blood cell counts, and higher liver tests and cholesterol levels have happened, Your doctor should perform blood tests, including certain liver tests, before you start, and while you are taking Xeljanz. Tell your doctor if you have been to a region where certain fungal infections are common, and if you have had TB, hepatitis B or C, or are prone to infections. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, and if you are pregnant, or plan to be. ... "
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Xifaxan
(
rifaximin)

Valeant

Travelers' Diarrhea, IBS-D

From TV commercial
(You Know the Symptoms) -
"... Do not use Xifaxan if you have a history of sensitivity to rifaximin, rifamycin antibiotic agents, or any components of Xifaxan. Tell your doctor right away if your diarrhea worsens while taking Xifaxan, as this may be a sign of a serious, or even FATAL condition. Tell your doctor if you have liver disease, or are taking other medications, because these may increase the amount of Xifaxan in your body. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant, or are nursing. The most common side effects are nausea, and an increase in liver enzymes. ... "
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Zelnorm
(tegaserod maleate)


Novartis

Constipation

Brief Side Effects:
Headache, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fainting, dizziness, rectal bleeding

OFFICIAL:
"What are the possible side effects of Zelnorm?

Headache and diarrhea were the most common side effects seen with Zelnorm.

- bad cramping, abdominal pain, fainting, or dizziness,

-rectal bleeding and severe abdominal pain.

IBS with constipation
- abdominal surgery in patients taking Zelnorm
- Gallbladder surgery

This list is not complete.
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Zocor
(simvastatin)


Merck

Statin

Brief Side Effects:
Terrible leg pain

OFFICIAL:
"IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS
- liver problems. Unexplained muscle pain or weakness could be a sign of a rare but serious side effect
- interact with other medicines or certain foods.
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Zostavax
(zoster vaccine live)


Merck

This is a new type of ad, which does NOT name the controversial drug, but refers you to a web page instead.

So, there is no reason to list the side effects, right?
.

Shingles

From TV commercial (Surprise Door Knock) -
Featuring Terry Bradshaw
The drug is NOT NAMED.

From Zostavax.com:
"Common Side Effects:
- redness, pain, itching, swelling, hard lump, warmth or bruising where the shot was given
- headache


Additional side effects:
- Allergic reactions
- Chickenpox
- Fever
- Hives at the injection site
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Nausea
- Rash
- Rash at injection site
- Shingles
- Swollen glands"

"Important Safety Information:
- ZOSTAVAX does not protect everyone, so some people who get the vaccine may still get Shingles.

- Tell your health care professional if you will be in close contact with newborn infants, someone who may be pregnant and has not had chickenpox, or someone who has problems with their immune system."
More - 3 more bullet points ...

Fascinating!
One side effect of the shingles vaccine is that you get SHINGLES! What a crap shoot.
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Zyprexa
(olanzapine)



Eli Lilly

Mania, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia

Brief Side Effects:
diabetes, hyperglycemia, ketoacidosis

OFFICIAL:
"Important Safety Information for Olanzapine

Increased Mortality in Elderly Patients with Dementia-Related Psychosis

Safety experience in elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis

Cerebrovascular adverse events (CVAE), including stroke, in elderly patients with dementia

Hyperglycemia and diabetes mellitus

Hemodynamic effects

Transient, asymptomatic elevations of hepatic transaminase

Drug interactions

Special populations --- elderly

Effect on prolactin

Medication dispensing and prescribing errors have occurred between ZYPREXA® (olanzapine) and Zyrtec® (cetirizine HCl). These errors could result in unnecessary adverse events or potential relapse in patients suffering from schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. To reduce the potential for dispensing errors, please write ZYPREXA clearly.

As with all antipsychotic medications, the following considerations should be taken into account when prescribing olanzapine:

- Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS)

- Tardive dyskinesia (TD) ---

- Seizures ---

The most common treatment-emergent adverse event associated with intramuscular olanzapine vs placebo IM in 3 short-term (24-hour treatment) trials involving agitated patients with schizophrenia or bipolar mania was somnolence (6% vs 3%). Also observed (intramuscular olanzapine vs placebo IM) were dizziness (4% vs 2%), hypotension (2% vs 0%), asthenia (2% vs 1%), tremor (1% vs 0%), and postural hypotension (1% vs 0%).

The most common treatment-emergent adverse event associated with oral olanzapine (vs placebo) in 6-week acute-phase schizophrenia trials was somnolence (26% vs 15%). Other common events were dizziness (11% vs 4%), weight gain (6% vs 1%), personality disorderÝ (8% vs 4%), constipation (9% vs 3%), akathisia (5% vs 1%), and postural hypotension (5% vs 2%).

The most common treatment-emergent adverse event associated with oral olanzapine (vs placebo) in 3- and 4-week bipolar mania trials was somnolenceý (35% vs 13%). Other common events were dry mouthý (22% vs 7%), dizzinessý (18% vs 6%), astheniaý (15% vs 6%), constipation (11% vs 5%), dyspepsia (11% vs 5%), increased appetite (6% vs 3%), and tremor (6% vs 3%).

The most common treatment-emergent adverse event associated with oral olanzapine in combination with lithium or divalproex (vs placebo) in 6-week combination bipolar mania trials was dry mouth (32% vs 9%). Other common events were weight gain (26% vs 7%), increased appetite (24% vs 8%), dizziness (14% vs 7%), back pain (8% vs 4%), constipation (8% v s 4%), speech disorder (7% vs 1%), increased salivation (6% vs 2%), amnesia (5% vs 2%), and paresthesia (5% vs 2%).
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Drug Ads which
DO NOT NAME the Drug

Drug Name
Ad Type
Maker

Adderall

ADHD

Shire

Hetlioz

Non-24

Vanda

Vyvanse

B.E.D.

Shire

Zostavax

Shingles

Merck

These drugs use a subtle, "back-door" approach, in an attempt to mask what they are selling. Why Shire does this is face-smashingly obvious, because they are pushing amphetamines to children. But I am not sure about Vanda and Merck.




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What's
the Point?

EVERY SINGLE DRUG LISTED ABOVE HAS SIDE EFFECTS THAT CAN BE FAR WORSE THAN THE CONDITION BEING TREATED!
The Cure Is Worse Than the Problem
graphic from Medscape

Which drugs listed here have used the word FATAL, DEATH, LIFE-THREATENING or SUICIDE in their list of side effects?
About 34% (35/103).

"FATAL"
(16)

Brilinta
Eliquis
Enbrel
Humira
Januvia
Latuda
Neulasta
Onexton

Orencia
Plavix
Stelara
Victoza
Vioxx
Xarelto
Xeljanz
Zifaxan

"DEATH"
(12)

Abilify
Adderall (CII)
Anoro
Breo Ellipta
Brilinta*
Januvia*
Latuda*

Opdivo
Procrit
Tecfidera
Toujeo
Vioxx*
Vyvanse (CII)

LIFE-
THREAT
ENING (4)

Abilify*
Botox
Chantix

Latuda*
Levimir
Novolog
Toujeo*

SUICIDE
(1)

Abilify*

Belsomra

SUICIDAL
(2)

Chantix*
Latuda*

Lyrica
Otezla

Unacceptable
Side Effects

Many of these drugs have unacceptable side effects - over half the commercial time is used to tell you what the problems are, so you can't complain later. After all, they warned you, right?

WRONG! You may need to seek a
personal injury lawyer, if you have suffered a personal medical injury, resulting from a prescription drug, such as vioxx.
.

Hiding
Facts
With
Graphics

Sometimes, the above "OFFICIAL" safety information, is presented as a GRAPHIC on the website, if presented at all. This is done so that the information CANNOT be read, indexed or found on the Internet, using a search engine.

There is NO OTHER reason to present this information in graphic format. This is done solely to hide the information, so that Google, Yahoo and BING can't read it.
.

Off-Label
Uses

There is a great deal of concern about many drugs being prescribed for so-called "off-label" uses. Which uses are those? There are many unpublished uses the pharma companies can think of.

These off-label uses are given VERBALLY to the doctors, so that there can be no recourse or accountability. After all, they are NOT ON THE LABEL.

Not discussed means Not responsible! Now there's a new paradigm! If we don't print it on paper, we are not culpable! Where is the FDA?
One example is Vyvanse for B.E.D.
Another ad that does not mention the drug is Zostavax for Shingles.

.

The FDA

I am told that the FDA is staffed by ex-pharmaceutical company employees, who continue to loosen the reins, and avoid their responsibility for public safety.

However, the FDA is becoming more active regarding misleading, inaccurate and unsubstantiated claims of the drug manufacturers, on drugs that have highly obvious problems.

But for most of the other drugs, it is still YOU who must ask the proper questions, and there are many.

In one respect, the FDA operates just like the FAA. Only tragedy evokes action.
.

You

LEARN everything you can about any drug you are about to take. READ, READ, and then, READ some more. May your knowledge keep you healthy and happy, by avoiding the TV ad drugs that have the worst side effects.
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Common Prescription Drug
"Safety Info"
DECEPTION

1. DON'T TAKE IF ...

"Don't take baddrug if you are allergic to it, or any of its ingredients."

What a BS cop-out!

The problem is, the only way to determine if you ARE allergic to baddrug, or any of its ingredients, is IF YOU SWALLOW IT!
Good luck with that.
WHOOPS! I'm dead. Test over.
How Cavalier can you get?
.

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2. SH|T HAPPENS

"Serious side effects, including DEATH, have happened."

"HAPPENED"? As if by chance?
Happened, indeed.

The TRUTH?
"WERE CAUSED BY THE DRUG" is far more accurate.
But that sounds bad.
So they always say, HAPPENED ("Who knows why? We have no idea. You can't prove it. Stop questioning us. Let us say and do whatever we want. Don't mess with our profits".).
.

3. WHOOPS! "RARE SIDE EFFECT"

"If YOU happen to get bad-side-effect, call your doctor right away."

Translation: It is a crap shoot, whether or not YOU get bad-side-effect.

FACT: The occurrence of bad-side-effect is FAR MORE PREVALENT than stated. Big Pharma uses all kinds of tricks to hide bad-side-effects from the public, by

1. Hand-picking "prime" study subjects
2. Removing those study subjects early, who do poorly
3. Burying studies that had bad outcomes
4. Falsifying statistics of poor study outcomes
5. Paying doctors to endorse marginal drugs
6. Pure, out-and-out fraud

In private, SEVERAL doctors have admitted to me that my following declaration IS TRUE. --->
"Big Pharma ALWAYS UNDERSTATES the frequency of bad side effects."

This has occurred to me over years, when I slowly noticed that I ALWAYS got bad-side-effect, with ALMOST EVERY PHARMA DRUG I have ever taken. It doesn't take a genius to smell the stench of lies.

A good example is lisinopril, which claims a 5% "cough side effect rate". It is FAR CLOSER to 90%.
.

4. WEASEL WORDS

Would, could, should, might,
Weasel words are always right.

When you read the word "may" in the text, you are better off to interpret it as "WILL ALWAYS" .

My favorite is "Results may vary".
Worthless, pure cr@p statement.
The "results" will ALWAYS VARY. Radically.
Some will die, some will not.

Or, since results may vary, some MAY NOT die. (Humor.)
.

5. "TELL YOUR DOCTOR"

EVERYWHERE, we see "Tell your doctor", when in fact, these are things your doctor should be TELLING YOU!

This ALWAYS assumes that you have previous knowledge from a previous doctor, which frequently IS NOT TRUE!

More buck-passing! You should have known! What about your doctor? Shouldn't HE have known? What kind of doctor IS he?
What a crock of bull. Assuming a previous doctor is infallible, knowledgeable and communicative. You are told to rely upon a previous doctor, who may be utterly incompetent. BAD idea.
.

6. WE'VE SOLD TONS - Must be Fine

"Over 11 million prescriptions" (Xarelto)
Only half the story.
In GERMANY ALONE, Der Speigel reports that
"at least 968 adverse events involving Xarelto were reported to German health officials in the first eight months of 2013, including 72 deaths."

Of course, there is NO INDICATION of just how many MILLIONS of those prescriptions HAVE BEEN ABANDONED, nor how many have RESULTED IN lawsuits.
.

7. DIFFERENT STORY TOLD

At the bottom of many online drug information texts, it says -
"The product information in this site is intended for residents of the United States. The products discussed herein may have different product labeling in different countries.

Let's see. Why might that be?

1. The US warning may be WEAKER, because it sounds better. Other countries REQUIRE the STRONGER warnings.
or
2. The US warning may be STRONGER, because they can't get away with the WEAKER warning allowed in other countries.

Which is it?
I would like to see CONSISTENT WARNINGS shown. The damned drug does not act differently in different countries. Some get the truth, and unfortunately, some don't.
Do you feel lucky? as Clint would ask.
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Prescription Drug
TV Ad Format

(typical order, structure and form)

Section
Content

.
Voice

Intro
(You need it!)

Makes the claims
Extolls the virtues

Friendly
Person #1

Disclaimer
(Watch out!)

... List of side effects
(Usually the largest section.)
... "Don't take if ... "
... "Tell your doctor ... "
(The text shown above.)

Authoritative
Person #2

Conclusion
(We promise!)

Reaffirms the virtues
... "Ask your doctor ... "
Join the crowd.

Perky, jazzed Person #1 or #3

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This just in from Bernie Sanders -

9-22-2015


"So outrageous."

"These guys have to back down.
US has highest drug prices in the World.

3 top companies 45 billion profit.
$ 250 Million last year lobbying
Getting away with murder.
Gov't. must step in, and

1. Medicare Drugs Part D must negotiate drug prices

2. The US can't import from cheaper countries, such as Canada.
Too much Pharma power."

Free market? What's wrong with that?
- Robber barons -
Steel - Carnegie,
Oil - Rockefeller,
Railroads - Gould,
Banks - JP Morgan,
Pharmaceuticals - Massive collusion

"People can't pay - 1 out of 5 can't afford to fill prescriptions.

"We must regulate big Pharma.
Every country on Earth does it."
"The US is the ONLY LARGE COUNTRY in the world that allows the BIG Pharma Companies to SET their own PRICE, WITHOUT LIMIT."

"US Citizens pay 10 times what Canadians pay, for the exact same drug.
MOST POWERFUL LOBBY in America
Huge PHARMA LOBBY never loses.

1. More money spent on advertising than research.
2. What does "research" entail?"
--- Funding me-too drugs?
--- Funding favorable studies?
--- Funding payoffs?

So sayeth Bernie. Go Bernie.
Fight corporate deception (lies)
and corporate corruption (lobbying).
SOMEBODY has to.

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Treatment
Big Pharma knows there is little money in actual cures. They are in the "treatment" business. They want you to take as MANY drugs as possible, for as LONG as possible. Its the American way - Termination by medication.

Important External Links --->

MOST doctors ARE PAID to push pharmaceutical drugs.
Kiddie Prozac Docs Took Millions From Drug Makers

The Miracle Industry

Psychiatric Drugs Being Given to Infants

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