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3 dangerous drugs you could be taking right now

Pennsylvania residents rely on their physicians to make them healthier not make them sicker. However, "sicker" is exactly what happens in some cases -- especially when a doctor recklessly and unnecessarily prescribes a potentially dangerous drug. This article will discuss three of the most common prescription drugs that you might be endangering yourself by taking right now.

Three common, but dangerous, drugs you might currently be taking:

-- Drugs for arthritis: Arthritis is a debilitating condition, but the drugs doctors prescribe to reduce its associated pain can be even more debilitating. Take NSAIDS, for instance. These drugs come with long-term side effects like stomach issues, kidney damages, gastrointestinal bleeding and liver damage.

-- Beta blockers: These are drugs used to lower blood pressure, like Tenormin and Lopressor. In order to achieve this result, they weaken the heart's sensitivity to epinephrine and adrenaline. However, there are negative side effects to beta blockers like libido loss, higher blood lipids, impotence and poor cardiac function.

-- Drugs for diabetes: Drugs that treat non-insulin dependent (Type 2) diabetes include Glucotrol. This drug, however, is often completely unnecessary because Type 2 diabetes can be regulated with health and dietary methods. Glucotrol and other Type 2 diabetes medications have been shown to result in fatigue, hypoglycemia and liver damage.

There are much more potentially dangerous, and/or fatally dangerous, pharmaceutical drugs that Pennsylvania residents could encounter. If you or a loved one suffered an unexplained illness or injury after taking a prescription medication, you might want to discuss your case with a pharmaceutical drug litigation attorney.

Source: Livestrong, "Ten Most Dangerous Prescription Drugs," Robert Shifko, accessed June 23, 2017

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