Upon a recent visit to the Palm Beach County Emergency Room, a document was distributed entitled “Medication and Side Effects Information Sheet”. (See below)
The flyer pointed out some of the most common side effects for the treatment of:
Nausea & Vomiting
Heartburn/Reflux Stomach Ulcers
Blood Pressure Decrease, Heart Rate, Heart Attack, Heart Failure
Blood Clot Formation
Anti-Anxiety, Sedation or Insomnia
Diuretic (to reduce fluid retention)
Bacterial Infection with Antibiotic
For each of these illnesses there is medication offered by either brand or generic name.
For pain, these medicines are offered: Fetanyl, Hydrocodone, Acetaminophen (Vicoden, Lortab, Norco) Hydomorphone (Dilaudid), Morphine (MS Contin), Oxycodone/Acetaminophen (Percocet), and Tramadol (Ultram)
For Anti-anxiety, sedation, or insomnia these medications are offered: Alprazolam (Xanax), Clonazepam (Klonopin), Diazepan (Valium), Lorazepam (Ativan), Temezepam (Restoril), and Zolpidem (Ambien).
There are medicines provided for the other ailments but we would like to focus on how easily it would be for someone to go into the ER for a panic attack, or pain caused by trauma or injury and walk out with a prescription for medication to help with their illness. While this is all good, there is the likelihood for developing dependence of these medications rather quickly, which could lead to a full blown physical addiction.
More specifically pain medication and anti-anxiety medications have a HIGH risk of developing dependence. These are powerful narcotics in most instances and they should be considered dangerous, even in small doses. We urge everyone to avoid them unless there are NO other options. On top of this, recreational drug users can take FAKE prescription pills, that look very similar ot the brand name drugs and risk death from overdose or misrepresented pills. Recently fake Xanax bars were found to be the cause of death for one young woman, after investigators found the pill to contain a high dosage of Fentanyl, a powerful narcotic pain medication.
Try everything because MOST people are rather prone to addiction. It’s a part of our genetic makeup in our opinion. So we don’t want to predispose ourselves to longer magnitude of problems (like a lifelong problem of addiction), and subject ourselves to this unnecessary punishment of one’s self.