In an effort to continue my all out attack on Big Pharma, I was perusing the electronic pages of our good ‘ole friend, Public Citizen, when low-n-behold! A press release entitled, “Article in ‘Drug Safety’ Identifies 62 Drugs That Can Cause Eye Disease”! Oh my…you don’t say.
This is just another in a long line of FDA blunders. One of the most recent being Permax, used to treat Parkinson’s Disease was found to increase the chance of blood backflow to aortic valves of the heart. Symptoms included shortness of breath, fatigue and heart palpitations. In 2006, about 12,000 patients received prescriptions in the US, however it was removed from the U.S. market in 2007.
But back to this eye disease business. Isn’t it enough that the majority of drugs already on the market have been found to cause severe adverse effects to vital tissues and organs…now add insult to injury, and toss eyesight into the mix! The eye, as we all know, is a delicate entity, and full of cells requiring continued nutrition and replenishment. When we ingest the prescribed toxins (or Big Pharma Candy as I like to call it), we deplete the eye’s cells of that much needed nutrition. This depletion results in any of the following symptoms: cataracts, glaucoma, eye surgery complications, eyelid and conjunctival diseases, optic nerve diseases and retinal abnormalities. Loss of color vision, blurred and impaired vision, decreased night vision, skin lesions and blindness. Yikes! So in order to, say, correct my IBS issues, I might have to sacrifice my vision. No Thanks.
Now here’s a list of some of the pharmaceutical drugs that have been implicated in causing eye disease. For the comprehensive list, go to worstpills.org.
Chloroquine and hydroxycholoroquine, used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, amoebae and malaria;
The antibiotic linezolid;
Ethambutol, used to treat tuberculosis;
Alpha-1 blockers, particularly tamsulosin;
Botulinum toxin (Botox);
Morphine administered intravenously or by mouth;
And drugs in the anticholinergic and adrenergic categories
It goes without saying that anyone taking even one of the pills listed above or on the comprehensive list should pay extra special attention now to any changes, whether slight or severe, in vision. I would even go so far as to request alternative meds to treat whatever ailment you’ve got going on. Vision is not vital, but it is one of the most important benefits for those of us that have it. Don’t allow you reliance on Big Pharma Candy to rid you of such an important aspect of your life.