I have always been pro drugs. The medicinal kind, that is. Have the flu? Pop some antibiotics. Headache? Head for the Tylenol. Can’t sleep. Yay for Lunesta. Wisdom teeth removed? Vicodin, here I come. After I had major surgery years ago, Percocet was my best friend.
Now I’m not so sure. Every drug is packed with a laundry list of warnings. And we’re reading more and more about new studies uncovering the perils of this drug and that. The latest culprit is Prempro, the HRT drug that reportedly increases a woman’s risk of developing advanced breast cancer if she takes it after menopause. It’s the old double-edge sword. A miracle drug cures problem A but causes problem B and C, which are sometimes far more serious that the initial problem.
If you take biphosphonates for osteoporosis, beware of serious problems that could crop up with your jaw. If you take sleeping pills, you could have temporary memory loss. Take an anti-depressant and chance having suicidal thoughts (now that’s a oxymoron, if ever there was one.)