Alarming Side Effects of 7 Popular Prescription Drugs

Legal prescription drugs … Many people take them, many don’t read the endless side effects warnings that seem to go on forever in “mouse type” on the labels and accompanying info sheets. Perhaps they should, and then ask their doctor if the benefits outweigh the risks and side effects these drugs create. Here are 7 unlucky and alarming side effects today’s common pharmaceuticals have produced in some people.

1. Sleep Walking/Violent Behavior. The culprit? Chantix, for helping chain smokers cut back on their tobacco use. Take this drug and you could end up walking the streets and picking a fight with a total stranger. In other words, the drug that helps you kick your “butt” could also provoke you to kick someone else’s.

2. Gambling, Sexual Urges. If you’re taking ropinirole (Requip) for restless legs syndrome or Parkinson’s disease, read the fine print. You could start buying lottery tickets, experiencing sexual urges or engaging in other compulsive behavior.

3. The Need to Feed. Can’t sleep? Use caution when taking the sleeping pill zolpidem (Ambien). Many have reported sleep-eating and sleep-cooking urges. Some users even got behind the wheel for a drive to their local 7-11 for a midnight snack — while half asleep.

4. Blue Urine. No, it’s not your toilet bowl freshener. A number of drugs can cause your urine to turn blue, including the antidepressant amitriptyline, the painkiller indomethacin (Indocin) and the anesthetic propofol (Diprivan). Not to worry, the blue is simply the artificial coloring added to these drugs.

5. Amnesia. If you’re taking statins, like Lipitor to lower cholesterol, you may experience temporary memory loss. Reason: These drugs prevent your body from creating the cholesterol you need for neurological function.

6. Failing the Smell test. Taking Vasotec to control your blood pressure? Don’t be surprised if you may lose your sense of smell (a condition known as anosmia). This one is rare, but a handful of people did experience loss of senses. You may even lose your sense of taste.

7. Blue/blurred Vision. Guys, if you’re taking Viagra (generic name sildenafil citrate) to enhance your sexual performance, you might experience some odd vision problems—blurriness, blue tinted vision, even difficulty distinguishing between blue and green.