Today we look at the number one prescribed Medication in America: Hydrocodone/acetaminophen, a.k.a: Vicodin, Lortab, ect...
This will be a Five Part Series where I break down the Top 5 prescribed medications. It is my intent to educate the public as a means of helping to stop the spiraling down of our society. We have to remember that medications are needed, I don’t want to see anyone in pain, I don’t want someone to die…but I also don’t want someone to innocently take one medication…experience a so-called side-effect…get prescribed another medication…then another…and before you know it they are taking 12 pills a day…when in reality they might have been able to find a safer route.
This study begins by way of an innocent post shared on my timeline
My younger sister posted on my timeline about the dangers of psychiatric medication, and how some side effects were suicide. A comment left about her comment was: This sounds bad but sometimes the benefits outweigh the side effects, including death.
Ah….Just like a well-trained dog…We all chirp back: The benefits outweigh the risk…as if the risk is some kind of illusive thing…that never happens.
We seem to be a nation that simply parrots back what we are told.
So say it again…like a good little American: The benefits outweigh the risk.
But do we really look at the full spectrum of risk? No we don’t. One cigarette isn’t necessarily a risk…it’s just one…it’s when it becomes a daily thing that it becomes a risk!
Medication is becoming a daily risk.
So let us get into the meat of what is happening in America: We are a druggy nation…but why? Why is it that if you were to evenly spread out all the medications American’s take…even to babies…do we have 12 prescriptions a year.
It is my intent to figure this out. Why? Because I fear a future where every adult and every child is on a psychiatric medication or other medications for that matter. I know you may think that is a stretch…But sadly it’s not. And you will soon see…and you know…deep down American’s really are starting to ask this question…We’ve seen that T-shirt that starts with one medication and ends with many.
So let us begin with the top five prescription medications. This article however will only cover the top one:
With our further ado, the top FIVE PRESCRIBED medicine (I am sure over the counter knocks these out of the water.)
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Let’s go to the medical library first: Hydrocodone is a semisynthetic narcotic analgesic and antitussive with multiple actions qualitatively similar to those of codeine. Most of these involve the central nervous system and smooth muscle. The precise mechanism of action of hydrocodone and other opiates is not known, although it is believed to relate to the existence of opiate receptors in the central nervous system. In addition to analgesia, narcotics may produce drowsiness, changes in mood and mental clouding.
Now pay special attention to: Changes in mood and mental clouding.
Let’s return: Vicodin, Lortab…and the like are to help people relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. GREAT…no one likes pain…but I think we must start asking: Why am I in pain…can I stop this pain another way? Medicine, at least in my humble opinion should be the last resort.
So let us jump right into it and give a reason as to why…medicine should be a last resort and we should always strive to understand the pain first…then stop it.
So we open up the package insert: and you have the first Warning: Acetaminophen has been associated with cases of acute liver failure, at times resulting in liver transplant and death. Most of the cases of liver injury are associated with the use of acetaminophen at doses that exceed 4000 milligrams per day, and often involve more than one acetaminophen-containing product. (Side note: Right away we see they are attempting to take away the fact that their drug, over time, can cause liver damage by blowing it up…and making it seem like the risk is small…after all..you’re not taking 4000 mg a day…right?)
This pill has about 325 mg in one pill. Over the counter about 500 milligrams. The over the counter says: Do not go over 6 caplets which is 3,000 mg a day…and it does have the warning for 4000 per day causing liver failure. Once you hit 8 caplets of over the counter or 12 prescription…you are in the danger zone…Stop it…Go get help!!!!! SERIOUSLY!!!! NOW!!!!!
Let’s pause and go to the old medical book: Taber’s: The liver’s function is: The liver is one of the most metabolically active organs of the body. (Side note, Metabolic Syndrome continues to increase every single YEAR!!! Metabolic syndrome refers to a collection of risk factors including diabetes, heart disease and can lead to high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar…etc.) The Liver synthesizes nonessential amino acids, deaminates excess amino acids for use in energy production, and forms urea, which the kidneys excretes. It is responsible for the production of bile salts, which emulsify fats in the small intestine. It converts monosaccharides other than glucose to glucose and stores excess glucose as the starch glycogen until such energy is needed. It Detoxifies!!! It produces enzymes to metabolize potentially harmful substances found in the portal circulation into less toxic ones. It also has endocrine functions: It facilitates the conversion of levothyroixine to the more metabolically active thyroid hormone, triiodothyronine.
So as you can see the liver is pretty important.
Let’s continue on:
Warning: It may be habit-forming. Yes…it is addictive, great.
Respiratory Depression: it also affects the center that controls respiratory rhythm and may produce irregular and periodic breathing. DON’T READ(Side note: SIDS…hmm…I wonder…and I will look into it…if after giving vaccine and then parents giving acetaminophen, if this harms the child and causes them to simply fall deeply into a sleep they don’t wake up from?) Also warning: Infants may have increased sensitivity to the respiratory depressant effects of opioids.
Let’s keep moving forward. The respiratory depressant effects of narcotics (their words not mine) and their capacity to elevate cerebrospinal fluid pressure may be markedly exaggerated in the presence of head injury, other intracranial lesions or preexisting increase in intracranial pressure. Meaning tell your doctor about head injuries before taking this med.
The administration of narcotics may obscure the diagnosis or clinical course of patients with acute abdominal conditions. WE STOP HERE…and
We go back to the medical book, look up Abdominal and acute…we get: an abnormal condition of the abdomen in which there is a sudden abrupt onset of severe pain. It requires URGENT evaluation and diagnosis, as it may indicate a need for immediate surgical intervention.
My interpretation of this: Sometimes we have pain for a reason…especially if it is in abdominal area…and taking a pill, that could mask the pain…could kill you…And remember…it’s not the pill that killed you…so when you think about it…the number of deaths from outright drug use, is only one part of the equation of our Dying and sick population.
Let’s continue on:
Hepatotoxicty. Covered that above.
Hypersensitivity and Anaphylaxis: There have been post marketing reports of hypersensitivity and anaphylaxis associated with the use of acetaminophen. Clinical sings included: swelling of the face, mouth, throat, and respiratory distress, urticarial: is multiple swollen raised areas on the skin that are intensely itchy and last up to 24 hours, rash, pruritus: Itch, a tingling or faintly burning skin sensation that prompts a person to rub or scratch. and vomiting. (If your tongue swells with any medication…I would personally hightail your butt to the ER)
Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, or Impairment of Fertility:
No adequate studies have been conducted. Nice…the most widely prescribed drug has not been studied for these things.
Nonteratogenic Effects: Babies born to mothers who have been taking opioids regularly prior to delivery will be physically dependent. The withdrawal will be: irritability, excessive crying, tremors, hyperactive reflexes, increased respiratory rate, increased stools, sneezing, yawning, vomiting and fever.
Geriatric Use: Clinical studies of hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and over.
Now we move into Adverse Reactions:
Cardio-renal: Bradycardia, cardiac arrest, circulatory collapse, renal toxicity, renal tubular necrosis, hypotension.
For those who do not know:
Bradycardia is: A slow heartbeat
Cardiac Arrest: Sudden end of functional circulation. According to SCA-Aware. Org: Sudden cardiac arrest is now a leading cause of death among adults over the age of 40 in the USA. Approximately 424,000 people of all ages experience traumatic sudden cardiac arrest each year. 9 out of 10 victims die.
Renal Tubular necrosis: From MedlinePlus: Acute tubular necrosis is a kidney disorder involving damage to the tubule cells of the kidneys, which can lead to acute kidney failure. It is usually caused by a lack of oxygen to the kidney tissues and may occur if the kidney cells are damaged by a poison or harmful substance. (hmmmmm)
Let’s continue on with adverse reactions:
Wow…So what can we do? I don’t want to be in pain, you don’t want to be in pain. I always suggest that you work with your doctor to find all possible solutions. Some doctors may think you are an idiot for wanting to NOT take medication, if you are uncomfortable with them treating you poorly or stupid…then find another doctor.
And remember doctors are not God’s they are humans. This was only one medication. With so many drugs, so many problems, and so much disinformation out there. First and for most you have to know your body and you must know the side effects of the drugs you are on. If you are taking a pain medication and all the sudden you start feeling really happy…you might think…great…this is awesome…but normally what can then happen is soon the happiness goes away…anxiety sets in…and unless you are aware that a medication can cause anxiety…you may never know it’s the culprit.
Remember health really does start with how you treat your body and what you put in it.
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