Over the last few days, I have heard several times an ad on the radio that is for some miracle drug that is supposed to help a particular syndrome. The spokesperson is very positive about the benefits of said drug, and then comes the list of contraindications:
- Can cause respiratory infections
- Can cause bladder infections
- Can cause liver damage and stomach upset
- Can cause intestinal colitis
- Can cause extreme drowsiness so should only be taken as you head for bed (No dilly dallying!).
- May cause headaches and even migraines
- Known to cause nightmares
- Can make you susceptible to abduction by aliens
- Is known to cause Democrats to become avid Republicans, and vice versa
- Will make you listen to talk radio
- Is apt to impair all rational thinking processes. (Okay, I lied about the last 4.)
- It has not been tested, and pregnant women, young people, and old people are advised not to take it.
- It is only prescribed by witch doctors and Internet hawkers (Okay, I lied about that, too.)
Then, the spokesperson in a very upbeat manner goes on to rave about the benefits and suggests we ask our doctors about it.
This is why I am skeptical of all pharmaceuticals!