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9 Weird Drug Side Effects

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9 Weird Drug Side Effects

Most drugs have side effects, some are weirder than others…

Medications can be very useful, but nearly all drugs come with side effects, some of which can be rather unexpected. Heres a list of commonly prescribed medications that can, on occasion, caused extremely strange side effects.

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Strange Side Effects

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Ambien

Ambien is designed to help insomniacs get a good night’s sleep. However many users report strange side effects such as sleep-walking, sleep-driving, and sleep-eating, and most of the time the person has no recollection of this when they wake.

Statins

Statins are taken to help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Unfortunately, this drug can also cause amnesia in some users.

Alli

Alli is the only FDA approved diet pill. It works by blocking some of the fat you eat; however it also requires the user to reduce their intake of fat. This is because the drug causes the fat that wasn’t absorbed to pass straight through the body, which can lead to unpleasant side effects such as gas and loose stools.

Xeloda

A cancer drug capecitabine, marketed under the brand name Xeloda, can produce severe side effects such as inflammation of the hands and feet, peeling of skin, blistering and bleeding, and in extremely rare cases the medication can even cause finger prints to disappear – however these do return once the medication has been stopped.

Vasotec

Vasotec is often used to control high blood pressure and treat congestive heart failure, but it can also cause users to lose their sense of smell and taste.

Chantix

Chantix is a drug taken by smokers to help them quit. However it has been shown to cause insomnia, and vivid dreams and nightmares when the user does eventually falls asleep.

Viagra

Aside from helping men with ED, Viagra even has beneficial side effects for those with heart problems. However in rare cases excessive uses can cause sensitivity to light and a self-explanatory condition known as blue vision.

Mirapex

Mirapex can help those with restless leg syndrome relax when they are in bed, it is also prescribed to patients with Parkinson’s disease. However some users taking Mirapex report having problems with gambling, compulsive eating, and increased sex drive. While these symptoms may seem like fun, they are in fact very serious and anyone experience such side effects should see the doctor immediately.

Pepto Bismal

Pepto Bismal is the mainstay in many households to relieve heartburn or an upset stomach. But the commonly taken medicine can cause black and furry tongues, as well as black/grey stools.


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