20 Common Medications That Are Bad For You in the Long-Term

Oral Decongestants

Oral decongestants are also bad long-term. Pseudoephedrine by mouth long-term can lead to problems including seizures, hallucinations, headaches, and insomnia. Lingering congestion may also be a sign of a more significant issue, which needs to be taken care of quickly or else it can cause other problems. Never take pseudoephedrine longer than seven days unless otherwise directed by a doctor.


Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, are becoming more and more common, but studies are beginning to show that they’re dangerous long-term. People who do use them long-term can find it immensely challenging to stop. They go into withdrawal effects that were far worse than their depression had ever been. They report feeling dry mouth, bizarre thoughts, and a sense of detachment from reality.


Albuterol may save someone during an asthma attack, but the danger comes when people use it more and more to control their asthma. Using it long-term can begin to cause insomnia, agitation, and even upper respiratory effects. In fact, it isn’t uncommon for long-term albuterol users to get clogged noses, throats, and upper airways.


The opiate crisis has brought attention to the dangers of long-term use of narcotics. No matter your willpower strength, your body becomes dependent on the drug. The pain that required the prescription can become worse due to the medication. Additionally, it can cause liver damage and constipation. The brain could also become damaged due to hypoxia.

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