What percentage of Americans take at least 1 prescription medication? Would you be surprised if I told you the number was 70%. Naturally, lifestyle (in many cases) leads to a diagnosis that is treated using pharmaceutical agents. It is important to emphasize the word “TREATED”, because most of the conditions are never cured. We have become so complacent that we accept life long “treatments” without blinking an eye. Do you think our attitudes would change if the cost of these medications came directly out of our individual pockets? It seems that as long as insurance pays a majority of the costs, we are willing to “pop the pill” everyday, forever, if our doctors instruct us to do so.
After considering this model of “health care”, it occurred to me that our health care system has a SECOND SOURCE OF PRESCRIPTIVE REVENUE AS WELL. It’s called “side effects medication.” That’s right, medications have potential “side effects” that cause ADDITIONAL symptoms, conditions and diseases. How are these symptoms, conditions and/or diseases treated? You guessed it; more prescriptive medications.
I thought it would be interesting to look at the top 6 conditions treated by primary doctors today. They include:
  • hypothyroidism
  • cholesterol and triglyceride
  • GERD (indigestion)
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • depression/anxiety disorder
I then wondered how many of these conditions were inadvertently caused by the doctors prescribing medications for unrelated conditions. Naturally, the patient would have no idea that a prescribed medication was actually causing or complicating one of these six conditions. So, I compiled a small list of prescribed medications that list these conditions as possible side effects. See if your over the counter or prescribed medication is on the list. If it is, do you suffer any of these six conditions?
Drugs causing GERD (Indigestion):
NSAID (ibuprofin, aspirin), bone strengthening (fosamax, actonel), cardiac (calcium channel blockers, beta blockers), anxiety (valium), anti depressants (imipramine, amitriptyline), bacterial treatment (antibiotics)
Drug induced hypothyroidism may be caused by:
Drugs used for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) such as propylthiouracil (PTU), radioactive iodine, potassium iodide, and methimazole
Drugs that can lower good cholesterol and raise bad triglycerides:
cardiac meds (thiazide diuretics, beta blockers), (hormones) estrogen, (corticosteroids) prednisone
Drugs causing high blood pressure:
NSAIDS, (Celebrex, Ibuprofin, motrin, aleve, advil), decongestant (sudafed),  migraine meds (fioricet, imitrex)
Drugs causing diabetes:
cardiac meds (thiazide diuretics, beta blockers), cholesterol meds (statin drugs- multiple)
Drugs causing depression and anxiety
breathing disorder (singulair), acne (accutane), stop smoking (chantix)
The purpose of this article is to stimulate people to think about their health and to decide whether they want prescriptive medications part of their life until they die. Medication certainly has a vital role when indicated. It can also be extremely dangerous. There are over 100,000 deaths annually from prescribed medications. If you’re taking medications for convenience or because someone else is paying for it, do you think it might be time to rethink your strategy? Discuss your health with multiple health care professionals to gain different perspectives. Making an informed decision for yourself today with professional guidance may prevent you from adding your name to the mortality statistics tomorrow.


  1. Howto$tuffYourPig · · Reply

    This is so true! Every time I take a medication I end up with symptoms I didn’t have before! I’m grateful for modern medicine because without it I wouldn’t be here, but I also think a lot of us are over medicated. Great post!

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    1. Thank you so much. Making a conscious decision to gain control over one’s life is a tough choice. It requires a lot of work. We are not taught growing up how to truly be healthy. We assume if we don’t hurt or feel bad, that means we’re healthy. Good health just like good hygiene requires frequent attention.
      People are not used to being proactive. They are used to being reactive. Taking care of a fine tuned machine while in perfect running condition keeps it working better and longer. Men and women have the ability to be fine tuned machines, but most don’t maintain good health; they have a tendency to patch bad health.

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  2. You sound like my chiropractor. I take all those meds and have all those conditions and I don’t know what to do about it. He wants me to stop everything. I am stuck between the chiropractor and the western drs. I also have more serious mental conditions and they aren’t because of drugs because I didn’t take drugs as a child. Well let me rephrase that, I was on tranquilizers as a baby and young child because I couldn’t keep food in stomach or so they say. So maybe that started my life of severe mental conditions and that all lead to my other conditions and I am finally stable on a mood stabilizer and anti-depressant and I don’t want to stop that now. STABLE is good! 🙂

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    1. Stability is a wonderful state to be in. It sounds like the meds are providing an improved quality of living. This ultimately gives you an opportunity (when and if you want to) to take further control of your life by incorporating healthy choices. You might find that your success at creating the life you want may alter the physical needs for your current meds. If this is important to you, I am confident you will succeed. There is no judgement; no right or wrong, only the desire to see you happy and healthy. Life offers so many opportunities even though life’s challenges sometimes make them difficult to see.

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      1. Stable is not necessarily happy, but it means no mania and no depression. Close to happy as I will most likely get at this point. A change to healthier living will probably cause a chance of losing some of those daily meds. That would be nice. I hate taking 2 handfuls of drugs a day and not being able to sleep.

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  3. I wish people could see how a healthy diet could help them get rid of so many different medications they may be on. Cheers to you for spreading the word!

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    1. I wish people could understand what it takes to be happy. Happy people (in general) live a healthier lifestyle and are more likely found in that 30% of the population not needing pharmaceutical drugs. Until your next masterpiece!


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