“Doctors are men, who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, for men, of whom they know nothing at all.” – Voltaire, The Emperor of All Maladies
If you read this site, you should already know that a healthy lifestyle with lots of exercise is extremely important. However, everyone will eventually still get sick or hurt, and need to visit the doctor eventually. And these days, when you go to the doctor, their first answer to whatever ails you is usually to prescribe medication. It seems that more and more, doctors are just throwing medication at the problem, hoping that it will go away, instead of actually figuring out what ails the patient and trying to figure out what lifestyle changes the patient needs to make to solve the problem. Big pharma is big business, and oftentimes, doctors get kickbacks from pharma companies to prescribe medication. Popular drugs are sometimes prescribed just because the patient wants them, or has heard of friends who like taking them.
And the worst part about all of this is? These medications are often very dangerous. The side effects and dangers are oftentimes not discovered for years, and by then, patients who have been prescribed these medications are either in worse shape, or in some cases dead, as a result of taking them. Gluteus Maximus recently wrote about the dangers of chemotherapy and what you need to know about before pursuing it, but it goes far beyond that. I firmly believe that a majority of prescription drugs are largely poison, and should be avoided if possible.
If you go to the doctor, you should be prepared for a virtual guarantee that a prescription will be written for you. It is reasonable to assume that the doctor often has little idea in regards to the true dangers of the medication, and knows even less about you as the patient. Many prescription drugs popular among young men are also some of the most dangerous, and you need to be aware of the dangers before you just blindly take whatever is prescribed to you.
Now, I’m not telling you to ignore your doctor’s advice. I’m simply saying that you need to do your own research, and make your own decision as to whether or not you should take a prescription medication. And, if it ends up harming your health down the road, no amount of money you receive in a settlement will be worth it.
While this could very well be relevant to all prescription medications, I have already written about how prescription opioids are far more dangerous than gun ownership. The active ingredient in most prescription painkillers is Hydrocodone or Oxycodone. These drugs are derived from the opium poppy, just like Morphine and Heroin. It is commonly prescribed to patients for things as minor as joint aches and pain in the form of Percocet or Vicodin, and in more powerful forms such as Oxycontin and OxyIR. I was prescribed one of these drugs in a very low dose after getting my wisdom teeth removed. After taking a couple and seeing what it did to me, I realized I was better off with Advil and got rid of them. Any drug you are prescribed to with either of these two active ingredients is extremely dangerous and addictive, and should be avoided at all costs. They are so similar to Heroin that patients who are addicted to them will often use Heroin as a substitute, because it is cheaper. My advice? Avoid taking opioid-based prescription painkillers whenever possible.
Kids and adults, who are more often than not male, are commonly prescribed Ritalin or Adderall for “ADD” or “ADHD”. Students of all kinds will purchase these drugs on the black market to prepare for exams, particularly college students. An extremely powerful stimulant, when crushed up and snorted, Adderall can be more dangerous than Cocaine. Adderall is extremely dangerous and addictive, and often leads to increased blood pressure and heart attacks. If you have been prescribed Ritalin or Adderall by a doctor who thinks you need it to “concentrate”, you should do your own research to see if you actually need to take it or not. I can’t stop you from buying it on the street if you feel you need it for a test, just know this is extremely dangerous stuff, and the side effects aren’t all known yet.
Xanax and Valium are depressants that have been prescribed for years, primarily to treat anxiety. These extremely prevalent drugs are also addictive and commonly abused. Xanax is commonly mixed with alcohol to magnify the effect, and this combination is particularly dangerous. If you told a doctor that you get anxious when you fly or whatever, and they just give you one of these, you should think twice before taking it.
Not solely used by old guys with ED anymore, young dudes are taking Viagra to perform better with the ladies, often in conjunction with alcohol. Since Viagra’s release 20 years ago, more and more dangerous side effects are coming to light as time goes on. Viagra can cause drastic changes in blood pressure and lead to heart attacks. You’ve got to be really careful taking this sort of stuff, and if you’re a young guy, you almost certainly don’t need it anyway.
In principle, I’m strongly against psychology and psychiatry as a rule. Simply visiting one of these doctors can cause you to be put on blacklists or to have your gun rights restricted. The worst part about them, though, comes from the dangerous medications they prescribe, including Risperdal, Abilify, Zoloft, and Prozac. These drugs are, or were, commonly prescribed for long term use. Recently lawsuits related to their harmful side effects have been settled. Some of these drugs have even been recalled because of contamination and mold. If the manufacturer doesn’t even know what’s in their drugs, you should be very wary of taking them.
Mass shooters have been frequently determined to have been taking prescription medications that have heavily altered their state of mind. What these drugs actually end up doing to the brain is largely unknown. Psychiatric drugs are extremely dangerous, and should be avoided at all costs. If you’re having mental issues, you’re almost always better off just talking out your issues with a friend or family member, than visiting a specialist and taking medication.
If you’ve been prescribed one of these medications in the past, and experienced their harmful side effects, you may have some recourse. Lawyers will find a group of patients who have taken these drugs, and bundle them together into a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer. Oftentimes the government will also do this, if the drug is deemed to have been extremely dangerous. While joining one of these lawsuits will typically not net you very much cash, and will certainly be more beneficial to the lawyers who receive a percentage of the total settlement, it is one of the best ways available to really stick it to these big pharma companies who have developed, distributed, and offered financial kickbacks for the widespread use of these dangerous drugs.
The website Recall Report is a great resource to determine which drugs have pending class actions. Heavily cited in this article, it is an excellent resource not just to educate yourself on the potential dangers of commonly prescribed drugs, but to see if you have any financial recourse against the companies who have distributed them. If you have any concern about any prescription drugs you have already taken or may be prescribed in the future, I highly recommend you check out Recall Report.