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These Common Medications Could Have Terrifying Side Effects

Thalidomide Causes Birth Defects In Unborn Babies  The drug is teratogenic when a medication can interfere with fetal development and lead to congenital disabilities. While several… Trista - October 31, 2022
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Thalidomide Causes Birth Defects In Unborn Babies 

The drug is teratogenic when a medication can interfere with fetal development and lead to congenital disabilities. While several prescription drugs work quite well to resolve the condition, some of these medicines are also teratogenic. If you get pregnant, your doctor will give you a list of things that are okay to take and what to avoid. Thalidomide came about in Germany in the 1950s. They used it as a sleeping aid and anti-nausea pill for thousands of pregnant women in nearly 50 countries. However, researchers didn’t say this was safe for pregnant women to ingest during that time. Between 1956 and 1962, almost 10,000 pregnant women who took this medication gave birth to babies with congenital disabilities. These defects lead to the term “flipper babies” because these children were born with extremely short limbs or even missing. This is definitely a medication you need to stay away from when pregnant.

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Xenical Gives You Bowel Control Issues 

Although it may be an embarrassing subject to talk about, weight loss isn’t anything new. Something more embarrassing than that, though? How about fecal incontinence, where you can’t control your bowels? Because that’s what you deal with when taking Xenical. You can now buy it as an over-the-counter medicine in a lower dosage, aka Alli. This medication helps prevent the body from absorbing fat, decreasing the calorie intake in those who take it. When taking Xenical, you must follow a low-fat diet of around 15 grams of fat per meal. If you consume more fat, the side effects will get you. These include increased bowel movements, an urgent need to have them, gas with oily discharge, and an inability to control your bowels, especially after meals that constrain higher amounts of fat than recommended.

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Omeprazole Can Cause Bloating And Gas

As discussed, Omeprazole made the list for yet another strange side effect. Although it may not be nearly as odd as others on this list, it still can cause an embarrassing side effect. While it’s not nearly as bad as not being able to control your bowels, it’s a little similar to that in a way. Omeprazole, also known as Prilosec, is an antacid, and it’s taken to treat acid reflux or heartburn. It can, however, cause bloating and flatulence, which can be embarrassing when out in public or around others. Medications that usually contain sugars, lactose, or sorbitol used to treat constipation, as well as antacids with calcium carbonate, can cause bloating and gas, so it’s not a surprise that this is a side effect of this medication. 

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Zoloft Causes Sexual Frustrations 

The most common and frustrating side effects of a medication would be losing the ability to perform in the bedroom or even enjoy sex in general. This side effect comes from some drugs that treat depression. So, while you may feel better mentally, this could be very frustrating or discouraging. Antidepressants are known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs, and a few on the list you may have heard of that also has this side effect besides Zoloft would be Celexa and Prozac. This reaction is the opposite of what another antidepressant, Trazodone, has to offer, which can cause painful erections lasting for more than four hours. 

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Zyprexa Causes Major Weight Gain 

No one likes putting on a ton of weight, especially in such a short time. But that’s what you would get if you took Zyprexa to treat your bipolar disorder. Researchers discovered that some people taking this medication to treat their condition gained nearly 20 pounds in just three months. Zyprexa isn’t the only medication that can cause this depressing side effect. Other common medications that cause unintended weight gain include antidepressants, birth control, steroids, hormone replacement therapies, and even diabetes medications. The last is odd because when you have diabetes, it’s essential not to be overweight to help control blood glucose better. 

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Ciprofloxacin Can Cause You to Tear A Tendon

This side effect does not sound pleasant in the least, and you will understand that, too. Because you wouldn’t expect tearing a tendon when taking a medication to treat an infection in the lungs, urinary tract, etc., but that’s what can happen if you’re taking Ciprofloxacin or Cipro. Taking this medication could cause you to rupture your Achilles tendon, and the FDA is well aware of it, writing it down in their warning when taking this medication description. This is apparently known to happen for the class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. According to the FDA, swelling, pain, and tears of tendons in the shoulder, heel, and hand are more likely to happen when taking these types of drugs. Levofloxacin, or Levaquin, is another common antibiotic with this strange side effect.

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Female Oral Contraceptives Can Cause Blood Clots

Blood clots form in the body in response to injury. Some prescription medications, though, have been associated with the formation of blood clots. Female oral contraceptives and hormone therapy drugs all carry the increased risk of blood clots forming, and sometimes you aren’t even aware it’s happening until it’s too late. So, pay attention to your body if you take birth control pills or other hormonal supplements. Why? Because if you leave blood clots untreated, they can break away from their original place and travel to other parts of the body. Blood clots can easily become life-threatening. All testosterone supplements share the same risk for blood clots as well. 

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