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3/18/18 7:25 A

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All those drug ads sure have increased my awareness and desire to stay as healthy as possible. The side effects indeed sound worse than the actual problem the drugs are supposed to help. Thankfully, my current primary care doctor isn't a drug pusher. I saw a specialist once who wanted to prescribe a bunch of things which weren't covered by insurance and weren't necessarily needed. I said no way and hung up the phone.

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3/17/18 4:35 A

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Don’t forget that the doctors get a cut for each prescription of these name brand meds. It’s like having a side job. That’s what also happens when you ask your doctor for the brand you saw on tv.

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3/17/18 12:54 A

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Just in case you can still sleep at night, this ought to put a stop to that. I've had three anesthesias in the last couple years and have at least one more this year and maybe three yet to go:

www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/05/
03/476636183/death-certificates-underc
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3/16/18 8:14 P

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My favorite possible side-effect from drug commercials: death.

Well, that's very reassuring.



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3/16/18 5:51 P

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Well people take Botox for vain reasons and for pain management.

The side effects of Botox are Lou Gherig's Disease, Myacenia Gravis or Lambert Eaton Syndrome.

I think we are all aware of what Lou Gherig's Disease ALS is and how absolutely devastating a diagnosis is.

This is an overview of Myacenia Gravis.

www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mya
sthenia-gravis/symptoms-causes/syc-203
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Lambert Eaton Syndrome

emedicine.medscape.com/article/1170810-ove
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So I think when I get wrinkles I will keep them.
Chronic pain however. I would weigh the pros and cons.



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3/16/18 12:41 P



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Sheryl,

The reason you've been noticing an increase in pharmaceutical commercials is because the baby boomers are getting older and sicker. take a good look at the people in the ADs. those commercials aren't targeting the 20-30 somethings. They are targeting the 50-70+ demographic i.e. the baby boomers.

I've noticed pharma commercials for the various statins (lipitor/crestor), Ambien to help you sleep, Xanax for anti anxiety, Vesicare for over active bladders, Spiriva for COPD and let's not forget Viagra for those experiencing impotence. The list goes on. Why ? because the pharmas know doctors will be prescribing these medications to their aging patients.

And well, there are medications were the side effects are worse than the illness. I have a co-worker trying to quit smoking. His doctor prescribed Chantix. Smoking is pretty bad, right ? My friend took Chantix for a week and did not have an urge to smoke. BUT, he also said he had the worst nightmares he'd ever had in his life. Told me how he would wake up in a cold sweat and his heart racing.

A side effect of Chantix is suicidal thoughts. I think that's a lot worse than smoking. He stopped using Chantix. Couldn't take the nightmares.

anyway, with an aging population, no one should be surprized at an increase of drug related advertisements.






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3/16/18 12:26 P

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@MISSSVJS - same in our house! DH & I often look at each other and say 'did they say CANCER is a side effect?'
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3/16/18 11:33 A

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My DH and I chuckle when we see these ads on TV - most of the side effects they spew sound worse than the disease/condition they are being prescribed to treat! No thanks!



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3/16/18 10:18 A

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Drug ads on tv became a thing around 1997. Before then, policy makers thought that decisions about prescription meds should be left to doctors. The deep-pocketed pharmaceutical companies argued that consumers had a right to know all their options. And regulators bowed to the pressure. So now we are bombarded by ads for prescription drugs.

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3/16/18 8:47 A

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One of my pet peeves is the number of prescription medicine ads I've been seeing over the past ten years. It seems as if every 5 commercial is from Pharma. It's like an add for designer drugs. And what humors me is ... do they suggest that people tell their doctors what to prescribe for them? I don't know what prescription coverage other folks have, but my insurance defaults to generic brands.

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3/16/18 6:10 A

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Very interesting indeed. I am not surprised, actually.

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3/14/18 11:34 P

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Who'da thunk?

medicalxpress.com/news/2018-03-key-drivers
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