Side effects of Pfeizer’s popular painkillers.
How many time have you taken a painkiller without reading the instruction leaflet?
Everyone does it. Despite the symptoms and ‘side effects’ leaflets usually being quite large, most people take their chances and pop the pill without giving it a second thought.
But now more than you should be concerned about side effects of some common painkillers, namely Pfeizer’s Gralise, Horizant, Gabarone and Neurontin.
Neurontin is a particularly well known painkiller that is used for neuropathic pain, but was originally intended as an anti-epileptic drug.
When new medications are released it is often the case that a surprising side effect is discovered, and the drug is re-marketed for it’s wider audience.
With the demand for medications for every type of condition higher than ever, the public have been lured into a state where they expect that everything can be cured with a pill. The high demand for fast and effective drugs has led to a culture of people taking medicines that are a lot stronger than what is needed for their condition.
Lyrica and Neurontin side-effects have been documented and include the following –
- Upper stomach pain, chest pain
- Severe tingling, numbness
- Difficulty or pain during urination
- Swollen feet, ankles
- Mood swings, behavioral changes
- Headaches, dizziness, drowsiness
- Coordination problems
- Memory problems
- Anxiety, panic attacks
- Trouble sleeping
- Impulsive feelings
- Irritable, agitated
- Hostile, aggressive
- Restless, mentally or physically hyperactive
- Trouble concentrating
- Depression, thoughts of self-harm or suicide
All of these side effects occur because of people rejecting traditional painkillers such as paracetamol and turning to something stronger.
The Journal of Experimental Pharmacology have reported that:
“[Neurontin] can induce diverse side effects such as teratogenicity, hypoventilation, respiratory failure, deficits in visual field, myopathy, self-harm behavior, suicidal behavior, mitochondrial toxicity, somnolence, dizziness, and asthenia.”
Pfizer have even been punished for marketing the drug deceptively, in 2014 they “agreed to pay $430 million and to plead guilty to criminal charges for illegally marketing Neurontin for unapproved uses such as migraine headaches and pain.”