Saturday, June 27, 2009

Side Effects

I saw a commercial today for a drug called Lyrica and for a moment I didn't think they were going to have time to list all of the potential side effects without running out of time. I don't even remember what the drug is supposed to treat, but I can't help but wonder how bad some ailment must be in order to risk such side effects as weight gain, coordination problems, vomiting, and worst of all, suicidal thoughts and behavior. So get some Lyrica and live it up.

Here is the complete staggering list:

Coordination problems
Weight gain
Dry mouth
Accidental injury
Shakiness (tremors)
Memory loss, problems concentrating, or slow thinking
Speech problems
Increased appetite
Problems walking
A spinning sensation (vertigo)
Chest pain
Unexplained pleasant or happy feelings (euphoria)
Back pain
Bladder control problems
Flu-like symptoms (such as body aches and chills)
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
Feeling abnormal or drunk
Sinus infections
Joint pain
Muscle spasms
Signs of congestive heart failure, including difficulty breathing and water retention or swelling (especially in the hands, legs, or feet)
Unusual bruising or bleeding
An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
Any vision changes, including blurred vision or double vision
A need to take more Lyrica than prescribed, especially if you think you may be dependent or addicted to Lyrica
Unexplained muscle pain or weakness, especially if accompanied by a fever and fatigue
Anxiety or confusion
Signs of an allergic reaction, including unexplained rash, hives, itching, and unexplained swelling
Suicidal thinking or behavior
Sensitivity to the sun
A stiff neck
Canker sores
Hair loss
Dry skin
Dry eyes
Taste changes
Kidney stones
Menstrual problems
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