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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

From liver damage to mental disorder, wounding consequences of taking common drugs

From Ayurveda to home remedies to popping pills, Indian drug consumption behaviour has evolved drastically.

A cup of hot water with lime and honey seems an out-of-fashion remedy for common cough or cold. Swallowing an anti-allergic tablet or other casually available drugs is the rage in modern times.

India is the sixth largest pharmaceutical market globally and the market is expected to grow to $55 billion (Rs 37,31,00,00,00,000 approximately) by 2020, says the India Brand Equity Foundation.

The overall Indian healthcare market is also worth around $100 billion but it's a far cry from dangers of popping pills for trifling ailments.

Recently, scientists at the University of Edinburgh have found that ingesting common painkiller paracetamol might cause liver damage. Paracetamol may cause cell damage in a similar way to cancer and hepatitis further proving that excessive doses of the drug are harmful.

It's not the only common drug which we have been popping. Here are a few others we have been exploiting:

COMBIFLAM

The popular painkiller contains paracetamol and ibuprofen which work by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.

The favourite drug for many is known to worsen lung problems. Those suffering from respiratory disorders like asthma add insult to injury consuming the drug when it can be avoided. Other problems associated with the drug are high blood pressure, prostate disturbances, heart irregularities, and thyroid.

In May 2016, Combiflam ran into trouble when some batches of the drug were withdrawn.

D COLD

Drugs like D Cold or Benadryl are antihistamines, meaning they fight histamines in body which cause sneezing and runny nose.

The excessive usage of the drug causes drowsiness and is also associated with blurred vision. The drug is also known to cause nervousness and anxiety and some of its severe side effects include seizures and hallucinations.

These common painkillers and decongestants like cough syrups are known to cause mood or mental changes and have their own risks which people tend to ignore since these popular drugs are readily available, and one does not care for a prescription to consume them.

The usage of these drugs can be avoided since the ailments for which these drugs are needed, limit itself, and home remedies are more than sufficient.

Doctors advise that these drugs should be taken under supervision since they may have consequences.

(Source: India Today)

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