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Prescription Drug TV Ads
by Vaughn Aubuchon

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 DTC (Direct-To-Consumer) prescription drug TV ads, along with their published adverse side effects. Your doctor does NOT know everything. Your doctor simply repeats what the pharmaceutical companies' literature says. MOST doctors ARE PAID to push pharmaceutical drugs. Kiddie Prozac Docs Took Millions From Drug Makers

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.
Conclusion -
What's the point?

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60 Recent Prescription Drug TV Ads

Marketing
Brand Name

Generic
Chemical Name

Purpose

Manufacturer

Abilify
Alavert
Amitiza
AndroGel
Aricept
Astepro
Axiron

aripiprazole
loratadine
lubiprostone
testosterone
donepezil HCl
azelastine HCl
testosterone

antipsychotic
allergy
constipation
libido, depression
Alzheimer's
allergy
male hormone

Bristol-Myers Squibb
Wyeth
Sucampo
Abbott Labs
Pfizer
Meda
Eli Lilly

Beyaz
Caduet
Chantix
Cymbalta
Dulera

drospirenone
norvasc, lipitor
varenicline
duloxetine
mometasone furoate

contraceptive
BP, cholesterol
stop smoking
depres., pain
asthma

Bayer
Pfizer
Pfizer
Eli Lilly
Merck

Effexor
Enablex
Epiduo
Evista
Exelon
Flowmax

venlafaxine HCl
darifenacin
adapalene
raloxifene HCl
rivastigmine
tamsulosin HCl

depression
overact. bladder
acne
osteoporosis
dementia
BPH

Wyeth
Novartis
Galderma Labs
Eli Lilly
Novartis
Boehringer Ingelheim

Gardasil
Imitrex
Intuniv
Januvia
Latisse
Latuda
Linzess

Lovaza
Lyrica
Mirapex
Mirena
Myrbetriq

HPV vaccine
sumatriptan
guanfacine
sitagliptin
bimatoprost
lurasidone
linaclotide
omega-3 esters
pregabalin
pramipexole
levonorgestrel
mirabegron

cervical cancer
migraine
ADHD
diabetes
eyelashes
antipsychotic
IBS constipation
high triglycerides
seizures, pain
RLS
birth control
overact. bladder

Merck
GlaxoSmithKline
Shire
Merck
Allergan
Sunovion
Forest Labs
GlaxoSmithKline
Pfizer
Boehringer Ingelheim
Berlex
Astellas

Nasonex
Neulasta
Niaspan
Nuedexta
Omnaris
Onglyza
Oracea
Osphena

Orencia
Pradaxa
Pristiq
Prolia
Provenge

mometasone furoate
pegfilgrastim
niacin
DH and QS
ciclesonide
saxagliptin
doxycycline
ospemifene
abatacept
dabigatran
desvenlafaxine
denosumab
sipuleucel-T

nasal allergies
cancer
cholesterol
PBA
nasal spray
diabetes
rosacea
vaginal dryness
arthritis
afib stroke
depression
osteoporosis
cancer vaccine

Schering Plough
Amgen
Abbott Labs
Avinir
Sepracor
AstraZeneca
Galderma Labs
Shionogi
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Boehringer Ingelheim
Wyeth
Amgen
Dendreon

Raptiva
Reclast
Requip
Restasis
Rozerem

efalizumab
zoledronic acid
ropinirole Hcl
cyclosporine
ramelteon

psoriasis
osteoporosis
RLS
dry eyes
sleep aid

Genentech
Novartis
GlaxoSmithKline
Allergan
Takeda

Simponi
Singulair
Spiriva
Stelara
Symbicort

golimumab
montelukast
tiotropium bromide
ustekinumab
budesonide

arthritis
allergy
bronchospasm
psoriasis
asthma

Centocor
Merck
Boehringer Ingelheim
Centocor
AstraZeneca

Toviaz
Trilipix
Uloric
Vaniqua
Victoza
Xarelto
Xeljanz

Xiaflex
Yaz

Zicam
(OTC)

fesoterodine fumarate
fenofibric acid
febuxostat
eflornithine
liraglutide
rivaroxaban
tofacitinib
collagenase cl.hi
drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol
zinc

overact. bladder
holesterol
gout
hair removal
diabetes
anticoagulant
rheum. arthritis
Dupuytren's contr.
PDD-premenstrual
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cold preventive

Pfizer
Takeda
Abbott Labs
SkinMedica
Novo Nordisk
Janssen
Pfizer
Auxilium
Bayer
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Matrixx

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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 at the top? 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.
Avodart.
Boniva.
Celebrex.
Cialis.
Coreg.

Crestor.
Detrol.
Ditropan.
Enbrel.
Fosamax.
Humira.

Levitra.
Lunesta.
Nexium.
Paxil.
Plavix.
Premarin.

Prilosec.
Procrit.
Strattera.
Valtrex.
Vesicare.
Viagra.

Vioxx.
Vytorin.
Wellbutrin.
Zelnorm.
Zocor.
Zyprexa.

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


  Brand Name
  (generic name)

Manufacturer

Indication

Side Effects

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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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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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 postmenopausal 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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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 wer 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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Cialis
(tadalafil)


Eli Lilly

ED - Erectile Dysfunction

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

OFFICIAL:
- unsafe drop in blood pressure. Don't drink alcohol
- dizzy

- headache and upset stomach. Backache or muscle ache
- erection lasting more than 4 hours (priapism), seek
- prostate problems or high blood pressure,

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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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Crestor
(rosuvastatin)


Astrazeneca

Statin and "off-label" uses

Brief Side Effects: Unexplained muscle pain, weakness, liver problems, constipation, weakness, abdominal pain, nausea, food interactions, drug interactions

OFFICIAL:
"Important safety information about CRESTOR
-unexplained muscle pain or weakness, -serious side effects. - other medications - liver problems - muscle aches, constipation, weakness, abdominal pain, and nausea. -

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Detrol
(tolterodine tartrate)


Pfizer

Bladder control

Brief Side Effects:

OFFICIAL:
"What are possible side effects of DETROL LA?
The most common side effects with DETROL LA are:
-- dry mouth
-- constipation
-- headache
-- stomach pain

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
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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Enbrel
(etanercept)


Immunex
Wyeth
Amgen

Arthritis and "off-label" uses

Brief Side Effects:
Serious infections, fatal blood disorders, cancer

OFFICIAL:
"Important Product Information

. . . . . . . Since the product was first introduced, the following have been reported in patients using ENBREL:

* Serious Infections
* Many occurred in people prone to infection, such as those with advanced or poorly controlled diabetes
* Some serious infections were fatal
* Rare cases of tuberculosis
* What to do/Not do

* Do not start ENBREL if you have an infection or are allergic to ENBREL or its components

* Tell your doctor if you are prone to infection
* Stop ENBREL if a serious infection occurs
* Contact your doctor if you have questions about ENBREL or develop an infection

* Tell your doctor if you have ever been treated for heart failure

* Serious nervous system disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, seizures, or inflammation of the nerves of the eyes.

* Tell your doctor if you have ever had any of these disorders or if you develop them after starting ENBREL.

* Rare reports of serious blood disorders (some fatal).

* Contact your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms such as persistent fever, bruising, bleeding, or paleness

* In medical studies of all TNF inhibitors, a higher rate of lymphoma (a type of cancer) was seen compared to the general population, however, the risk of lymphoma may be up to several-fold higher in RA and psoriasis patients.
* The role of TNF inhibitors in the development of lymphoma is unknown.
* The incidence of other cancers has not increased with exposure to ENBREL and is similar to the expected rate.

* ENBREL can also cause injection site reactions.

* Other serious adverse reactions were reported rarely, including serious infections (2%) and depression/personality disorder (1%). . . "

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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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Humira
(adalimumab)


Abbott

Rheumatoid arthritis

Brief Side Effects:
Upper Respiratory infections, sinus infections

OFFICIAL:
"Important Safety Information
- infection in the past that keeps coming back, or if you have any problems that increase the risk of infections,
- numbness or tingling,
* if you have ever had a disease that affects your nervous system such as multiple sclerosis, or
* if you have ever been treated for heart failure.

Before you take HUMIRA, your doctor should test you for tuberculosis, or TB.

If these or any other signs of infection appear after you take HUMIRA, tell your doctor right away.

- bad rash, swollen face, or trouble breathing. Tell your
- severe allergic reactions
- serious and fatal infections.
- Lymphoma,
- nervous system disorders, and serious blood disorders have occurred in patients taking drugs called TNF blockers such as HUMIRA.

The most common side effects of HUMIRA are:
* injection site reactions   
* upper respiratory and sinus infections
* headache
* rash
* injection site pain
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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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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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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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Brand Name
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Manufacturer

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Indication

Side Effects

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)


Wyeth

Menopause

Brief Side Effects:
Vaginitis, leg cramps, painful menstruation

OFFICIAL:
- 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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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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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

Impotence

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

OFFICIAL:
- blood pressure to drop to an unsafe level.
- chest pain, nausea,
- erections lasting for more than four hours
- long-term loss of potency.
- headache, facial flushing,
- upset stomach.
- blurred vision, or being sensitive to light. These may occur -- You should not take more than 25 mg of VIAGRA and an alpha blocker within 4 hours of each other."

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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

Statin

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

Merck Committed Scientific FRAUD

OFFICIAL:
Important Safety Information
Can't find it. - See Zocor

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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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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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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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What's
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EVERY SINGLE DRUG LISTED ABOVE HAS SIDE EFFECTS THAT CAN BE FAR WORSE THAN THE CONDITION BEING TREATED!

Unacceptable
Side Effects

Many of these drugs have unacceptable side effects - 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 CAN NOT 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 MSN 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? They 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?

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

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 worst side effects of ads on TV.

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