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

Antibiotics


Doctors are becoming less likely to prescribe an antibiotic unless absolutely necessary. Using them long-term can cause adverse side effects on immunity, including getting sick with illnesses due to drug-resistant bacteria. It can also lead to digestive problems due to the lack of healthy bacteria in your gut. Antibiotics have also been linked to increasing the risk of Type 1 Diabetes with prolonged use.

Xanax


Xanax is an extremely common drug used for anxiety and panic disorders. There are about 50 million prescriptions for it issued each year. Valium, another similar drug, is also very popular. What most people don’t realize, however, is that they are dangerous drugs. Any benzodiazepine drug, like these two, puts the users at risk. This drug is so addictive it is one of the main causes of the opioid epidemic going on right now, the one that killed 42,000 people in 2016. In addition to addiction, benzodiazepine drugs can cause a few brain-related problems such as delirium, psychosis, depression, memory impairment, and sedation when they are used long-term.

Adderall


Adderall is another extremely common medication that has seen its fair share of abuse. We’ve seen a significant increase in the number of prescriptions handed out — a 40% increase between 2007 and 2011, resulting in 50 million prescriptions in 2011. In fact, about 10% of children are taking the drug these days. It’s an ADHD drug used to increase attention span. Because of this, we’ve seen it get abused as a “smart drug” on school campuses everywhere as students attempt to cope with the rigorous and stressful school system we have. That’s not Adderall’s real problem though. Its real problem is chemical. It increases serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the brain, the chemicals responsible for pleasure, reward, and motivation. Because the drug produces these drugs for you, your brain stops. When you try to get off the drug, your brain no longer functions how it should without its crutch.

NSAIDs


Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, or NSAIDs, are used to reduce pain and inflammation. Because of this, we see people using them for extended periods of time. This can be problematic for older adults, where we see them put at risk for indigestion, ulcers, and stomach and colon bleeding. It’s not unusual to see blood pressure rise or to see kidneys harmed because of these drugs. Users are even put at risk for heart failure.

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