Was tuned into the network news just now and it's usually one pharmaceudical ad after another. (Which begs the question, do only geezers watch network news?)
Anyway, the ad has maybe 30 seconds of the pill's supposed and hopeful benefit and then another 30 seconds of what it might do to you in a negative way. Ahh, the dreaded potential side effects!
I guess by law these ads have to give you the pros and cons, so you can make a more balanced decision, but when the side effects include death - and some actually do - it makes me wonder if the "cure" isn't worse than the disease.
Check this out:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat; unusual hoarseness); bone pain; chest pain; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; increased mucus production or change in color of mucus; new or worsening asthma or COPD symptoms (eg, coughing, increased chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing); seizures; severe or persistent dizziness, headache, nervousness, or tremor; severe or persistent muscle painor cramps; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, increased thirst, urination, or hunger; unusual weakness or drowsiness; confusion); tingling or numbness of the arms or legs; trouble speaking; vision changes; white patches in your mouth or throat.
And the website for this ONE medicine says "This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur." Really? Gee, how can I get some!
Seriously, medical science is a wonderful thing and many of us are living proof meds work. Thank God for the hard working men and women who research and develop these miracle drugs. I just think there is humor to be found in almost anything and the next time you're watching the news, tune into what they're really saying about that marvelous new pill. Better yet, go take a walk while there's daylight and you may not need that pill after all.