Response To ‘Dark Side Of Medication’
March 10, 2016
have we received more response to an editorial than the
response we received about the “Dark Side of Medication.”
These were personal responses, and some not meant to be
published as letters to the editor.
The responses were only regarding the use of one drug labeled
Amiodarone which has been prescribed for arrhythmia or irregular
One woman said her husband’s entire personality changed
after he started taking the drug, and when he drove at night
he experienced an aura and it became progressively worse.
“He acted as if he had severe Alzheimer’s,”
she wrote, “He became angry and fidgety.”
Another writer said after her husband took Amiodarone for
two months he developed a cough which would not go away.
One of the side effects mentioned was that if a patient
develops a cough he should go see his doctor.
The doctor said stop taking the drug right away and sent
him to have his lungs tested. There was already some damage,
but in time it healed, and four years later, he was advised
by another doctor to take the drug.
When he refused the doctor said, “I have hundreds
of patients taking this drug,” but the wife said her
husband refused to take it.
In the same letter she wrote, “A friend of mine lost
her husband after he took the drug and it destroyed his
Since we have stopped taking the drug, our body and mind
seems to have returned to normal, but it took over a month,
and we only took the Amiodarone for less than a month. Since
we were taking seven other drugs at the same time, it required
stopping all drugs while we evaluated which one was causing
all our problems.
We have several questions which arise from the experience.
Because a drug company lists the possible side effects of
a drug, does that absolve them from any liability for those
effected when taking the drug?
Is the doctor somehow responsible for prescribing the drug
or continuing to prescribe a drug once he or she has found
it to detrimentally effect patients in their care?
Are drug companies responsible for “pushing”
certain drugs which they are able to make big profits from?
Are the profits which drug companies make sometimes out
of line with the costs of development and research?
And finally, has the research been adequate and ongoing?
In the case of Amiodarone, we only had a problem with one
of the many drugs which we have taken and we are still taking.
One cannot even turn on the television without hearing advertisement
for one or more drugs and the side effects which make up
such a long list that the advertisement has to speed up
the language in order to fit it all in the advertising time
Have we become “a cure by medication” world?
And what is the long term effect of all the medications
bombarding our bodies?