It can take decades for the post-marketing surveillance to be released for an FDA-approved drug but the reports have recently been coming out at a rapid pace. Below are a few of the latest. My commentary is the same for all the drugs – it appears that many of the side effects may be caused by magnesium deficiency.
In 2011, the FDA issued a Warning that PPIs can cause magnesium deficiency with an increased risk for muscle spasms, irregular heartbeat and seizures. Now there is added risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD). The authors suggest the widely used drugs might be part of the reason CKD prevalence has risen so fast. Consumer Reports says that “PPIs are among the highest-selling classes of drugs in the U.S., with $9.5 billion in sales last year, and one of them, Nexium, was the top-selling of all drugs, earning nearly $6 billion in 2012.” That’s a lot of stomach acid suppression! Sufficient stomach acid is necessary for minerals to be absorbed from food and supplements.
I wonder if the magnesium deficiency due to PPIs is actually causing kidney disease – yet, allopathic medicine continues to issue warnings that magnesium is “dangerous” to use in kidney disease. I counter that caution with my article: Magnesium is Necessary and Safe for Kidney Disease. In it I discuss ReMag, which is a fully absorbed, stabilized ion of magnesium that does not need stomach acid in order to be absorbed and causes no burden on the kidneys. ReMag is, not only safe, but necessary to help heal the kidneys.
Many of the common antidepressants are fluoride drugs, which makes them a possible cause of magnesium deficiency because fluoride binds magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral electrolyte that protects the integrity of the brain.
Antipsychotics are prescribed for bipolar disease. But in a recent Medscape article Screening for Bipolar Depression in the Primary Care Setting, I learned that 85% of antipsychotics are prescribed by non-psychiatrist, primary care doctors who may overlook the manic flare that can occur with these drugs. They also overlook the absolute need for magnesium and other supplements to prevent and treat bipolar depression.
The drug Paxil used in this study is a fluoride drug. Taking this drug during the first trimester of pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for congenital and cardiac malformations according to a systematic review and meta-analysis by Canadian researchers.
In July 2015, the FDA escalated the warning on OTC NSAIDs from – “they ‘may cause’ an increased risk of heart attack and stroke” To – “they ‘cause an increased risk’ of heart attack and stroke.” All they did was take out the word ‘may’ – which simply gives drug companies another word to hide behind if they are sued for damages. I believe the heart disease side effects from OTC NSAIDs can be caused my magnesium deficiency either that the person has before taking the drugs or enhanced by the drugs. The FDA also warns that “Those serious side effects can occur as early as the first few weeks of using an NSAID, and the risk might rise the longer people take NSAIDs.”
What is the response of the drug companies to increasing drug side effects? Pfizer Hikes U.S. Prices for Over 100 Drugs on January 1, 2016. Pfizer plans a $160-billion merger with Ireland-based Allergan Plc to slash its U.S. tax bill and, on Jan. 1, it raised U.S. prices for more than 100 of its drugs, some by as much as 20 percent.
To avoid drug side effects, keep yourself healthy with my health information and Total Body ReSet formulas so you won’t have to take them. If you do take drugs, get healthy with my Total Body ReSet formulas, then, work with your doctor to slowly wean yourself off drugs you no longer require.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future™
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