Monday, February 05, 2007

The Side Effect of side effects

Watching TV the other night, I found an informative commercial about Lunesta - a sleep aid - particularly amusing when "drowsiness" was listed as a possible side effect. Imagine that. So I checked it out here and Ambien lists drowsiness as a possible side effect too! Wow. Sleep aids that have the side effect of causing the potential for sleep. Who would've ever thought of such a thing....

So I decided to check out some other well-known and frequently prescribed medicines to see if I could uncover some other rather amusing side effects, and what I uncovered is actually that I'd rather suffer with whatever my original complaint might be.

Nexium, the heartburn drug, includes this partial list of possible side effects:

back pain, chest pain, hot flushes, fatigue, fever, flu-like disorder, pain, hypertension, tachycardia, goiter, bowel irregularity, constipation aggravated, dyspepsia, frequent stools, gastroenteritis, GI hemorrhage, GI symptoms not otherwise specified, hiccup, melena, mouth disorder, pharnyx disorder, rectal disorder, tongue disorder, tongue edema, ulcerative stomatitis, vomiting, earache, tinnitus, anemia, cervical lymphoadenopathy, epistaxis, leukocytosis, leukopenia, thirst, vitamin B12 deficiency, weight increase, weight decrease, arthritis aggravated, cramps, fibromyalgia syndrome, hernia, anorexia, apathy, appetite increased, confusion, depression aggravated, dizziness, hypertonia, nervousness, hypoesthesia, impotence, insomnia, migraine, migraine aggravated, sleep disorder, vertigo, visual field defect, menstrual disorder, vaginitis asthma aggravated, coughing, dyspnea, rhinitis, sinusitis, acne, dermatitis, rash, sweating increased, taste loss, taste perversion, abnormal urine, fungal infection, conjunctivitis, vision abnormal.

Did you notice that insomnia is a possible side effect of taking Nexium?

At least there's a drowsiness-inducing sleep aid for that!

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