Saturday, April 23, 2011

Medication Side Effects, Part 2

This is a continuation from part 1 of the Medication Side Effects series. Please read part 1 before reading this part so this particular blog entry will make sense.

Yesterday, we showed what the top 15 medication prescriptions were and how they ranked. Today, we will start showing each individual one with some of the side effects listed from . This is not a complete source of information and should not be construed to be an official source. Please see disclaimer at the end of this blog post.

1) Hydrocodone/acetaminophen (painkiller) - 128 million prescriptions
A painkiller available as a generic and also sold under the brand name of Vicodin.

- - Side Effects
Light-headedness, dizziness, sedation, nausea and vomiting, drowsiness, mental clouding, lethargy, impairment of mental and physical performance, anxiety, fear, dysphoria, sychological dependence, mood changes, constipation, ureteral spasm, spasm of vesical sphincters, urinary retention, respiratory depression Hearing impairment, permanent loss, Skin rash, pruritus.

- - Comments
What I find interesting on the pain killer is that all of these things are in effect numbing the body. The body tries to get our attention and yet if we numb it long enough, we will be telling the messages where they can go. All of these side effects that may or may not show up just to numb the pain when in all reality, if you go into the pain, you can alleviate much of it on your own. We truly do have a medicinal factory inside of us that we can tap into or more importantly, we can work to go to the source of pain and not be forced to take pain killers on a regular basis.

2) Simvastatin (high cholesterol) - 83 million prescriptions
Brand name is zocor and also in generics. The most widely prescribed cholesterol drug.

- - Side Effects
Constipation, headache, mild stomach pain, nausea, severe allergic reactions, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; chest pain; dark urine; muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness; pale stools; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe or persistent stomach pain; yellowing of skin or eyes.

- - Comments
I still remember the one drug rep many years ago with one of the leading pharmaceutical companies telling me that cholesterol medication was more hyped than it should be. I'm sure he would have been fired for telling me that but he was being honest. From my understanding, cholesterol is one of the substances our body manufacturers when we are under stress. Stress of course can be events in our day, avoiding relaxation, dietary or other conditions. So, instead of working to help alleviate stress in our bodies, we turn towards a drug. We may or may not follow the doctor's advice on our diet because we feel the drug will do the trick. However, we usually forget that stress and unresolved trauma is often behind high cholesterol. If this is too strong of a statement, than at least acknoledge that stress plays a major role in high cholesterol. There have been many research studies to indicate the interaction.

3) Lisinopril (high blood pressure) - 81.3 million prescriptions
Sold under brand names of Prinivil, Zestril.

- - Side Effects
Cough; diarrhea; dizziness; headache; tiredness, severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the hands, eyes, mouth, face, lips, or tongue; hoarseness); chest pain; dark urine; decreased urination; difficulty swallowing; infection (eg, fever, chills, persistent sore throat); irregular or slow heartbeat; stomach pain (with or without nausea or vomiting); symptoms of low blood pressure (eg, fainting, severe dizziness, lightheadedness); yellowing of the skin or eyes.

- - Comments
As I look at the list of side effects for this high blood pressure medication, I'm horrified at what I see. Yes, I know the medical establishment can give all sorts of reasons and fabulous names for why someone has high blood pressure. However, if you think about this for a moment, you might see a different picture. If you constantly push your body and pound yourself against the wall day in and day out, or you harbor long held anger, does it not make sense that you are making your blood boil. If that doesn't make sense, how about overworking yourself on a treadmill for an hour and see what happens to your blood pressure/pulse rate. Your body is only reacting to that which you do to it, that which you have moved on from and the role you force your body to in your everyday life. If you change your life style, more often than not, your health will also change.

Link: High Pulse Rate And Heart Disease

4) Levothyroxine sodium (thyroid disorders) - 66 million prescriptions
Thyroid hormone supplements are taken when our bodies do not produce enough on their own.

- - Side Effects
Please see for the side effects of this drug.

- - Comments
I do not feel qualified in my limited knowledge to offer comments on thyroid disorders so I'll leave that up to you to google search more information.

Please come back tomorrow for part 2 in this series about medication side effects.
Part 1 (Posted 4/22/11)
Part 2 (Posted 4/23/11)
Part 3 (Posted 4/24/11)
Part 4 (Posted 4/25/11)
Part 5 (Posted 4/26/11)

Further Information:
2) - The Most Popular Prescription Drugs
3) High Pulse Rate and Heart Disease
4) - US Health Care Costs

This blog post series is not meant as medical advice nor is it meant for you to stop taking medications prescribed by your doctor. You should always make those decisions with a qualified medical doctor. I am merely pointing out information my own study of a different way to view the body. Remember, the more you understand about how your body works, the more impact you can have upon your life. Just to make this crystal clear, consult your medical professional before making any changes with your medications and health. This is meant for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice.

Blog Post & Images (c) 4/7/11 Don Shetterly - use by permission only


  1. yes these are some of the medical drugs, you should check out the psychotropic medications people are put on..some people may truly need them however, so many are on so many meds that they really don't need..including so many children in america..what happens to their kidneys, livers, hearts, growth process',. we medicate kids because they are not disciplined or cared for appropriately and kids are put on meds to "behave"..but, what happens to them when they are adults?

  2. People who do not prefer to use prescription medications could opt for using natural supplements such as Zanaprin. Until now, this supplement has received very good reviews.

  3. @Stress Relief Medication - My hope is that people will look beyond medications of any kind. I know personally that one can heal many things in the body if we go within and connect our minds and our body. It is possible. Any time we need to take something to do what the body normally does, we are impacting the body in ways that can have damaging effects on down the road.