You have your morning routine on lockdown — you get up, get dressed, and sit down with your coffee before thinking about what you need to do for the day. But does your routine also include popping a prescription med or two? If so, you’re in good company. Prescription drug use has been on the rise over the years. The Jama Network reports in 2012 nearly 60% of U.S. adults were on an Rx med. Also in 2012, the Network found 15% of adults were actually taking over five prescriptions at once. This is especially true for adults over the age of 50, AARP notes.
So, what are most people taking, anyway? Meds for treating high cholesterol, depression, and high blood pressure were quite common. And if you’re taking one of these prescriptions, you expect them to be more helpful than harmful. Unfortunately, that’s not always true. Watch out for these dangerous Rx meds that can cause serious harm to your body.
High blood pressure is an extremely common condition for many U.S. adults, and medications like Vasotec help by relaxing the arteries. It’s not all good, though. Because Vasotec lowers your blood pressure, you might start to feel like you’re going to pass out while on this medication, eMedicineHealth notes. It’s also possible to have fast or uneven heartbeats, jaundice, or swelling accompanied with rapid weight gain. Even the less serious side effects can cause undesirable issues like insomnia or nausea.
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