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

Blood Thinners


Blood thinners, such as Warfarin, used in the long-term can be problematic, to say the least. They are often prescribed for long-term use to protect people against heart-attacks by thinning the blood, allowing it to flow more freely. One of the more serious, and surprisingly simple, problems that come from this is how easy it is to bleed. Because your blood becomes thin, it becomes difficult for your blood to clot, meaning the little cuts that you could get while shaving or opening the mail may bleed far more than they should.

Prednisone


Prednisone is a steroid that many consider to be a miracle drug, working wonders to help people struggling with a few diseases, such as arthritis, cancer, and immune disorders. Using it for longer than a few weeks can cause problems, and using it for longer than a few months can make it so risky to simply stop taking the medication that you need professional help to wean yourself off. It can cause high blood pressure, weight gain, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, and diabetes, among other problems.

Prozac


Prozac is an antidepressant drug used by nearly 6 million Americans. Most people take it without hesitation — scary when you consider that it is a drug that is designed to alter your brain composition. They are meant to be taken for a year or two tops, but this drug is highly addictive, and many people opt to keep taking it for longer periods of time. Antidepressants are linked to stomach bleeding, low sodium levels, and increased risk of strokes.

Diuretics


Diuretics force the body to excrete excess water to help the kidney. Long-term use can deplete the body of vital minerals because of this flushing, removing minerals such as potassium and magnesium. These drugs have also been tied to increased mortality rates and heart failure.

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