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Prescription Drugs that may be Linked to Cancer Risks

Cancer, one of the most dreaded diseases in existence today, and one that has destroyed so many lives is linked to a number of prescription medications that were approved by the FDA. It’s an established fact that many prescription medications have caused cancer in laboratory animals.

The controversial debate over whether or not Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), does or does not cause cancer continues, even as many women are dying from uterine and breast cancer. The overuse of these estrogen hormones has been the cause of cancer for decades and the findings are backed up by research.

A study of over one million women in the UK revealed that different types of HRT could cause different types of cancers.

Many manufacturers of prescription medications have added warnings on their labels about the potential for these drugs to cause cancer. Prilosec is a medication used for heartburn and it causes abnormal cell growth and tumors in rats.

Aldactone, the blood pressure medication, also used for hormonal imbalances in women, also causes tumors in rats.

Digioxin, Lanoxin and Digitek are sometimes prescribed for people with heart failure or abnormalities of the heart. It acts like estrogen in the body and has the potential to cause cancers. At least two percent of the women in a study were diagnosed with breast cancer, after using these drugs.

Cholesterol lowering drugs and statins can also cause cancer in lab rodents. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 1996, found over a decade past that, “All members of the two most popular classes of lipid-lowering drugs (the fibrates and the statins) cause cancer in rodents, in some cases at levels of animal exposure close to those prescribed to humans.” The same journal in a 2008 study notes that the use of the cholesterol drug, Vitorin resulted in a higher incidence of cancer in research subjects.

Topical prescription ointments for eczema, such as Elidel and Protopic are associated with cases of lymphoma and other skin cancers. The FDA has even put out a warning about using these medications on children who are less than two years of age.

Similar warnings about rheumatoid arthritis medications such as Cimzia, Humira, Enbrel and Remicade and these medications are being investigated by the FDA for their links to lymphoma and other types of cancer.

Research has also linked the diabetes drug, Actos and Metformin to bladder cancer. An Italian study between 2004 and 2009 that tested fifteen diabetes drugs including those listed above found a “definite risk” between them and bladder cancer. The risk with the other 13 drugs was, “much weaker”.

Some of the worst offenders that lead to cancer are the Osteoporosis drugs like Actonel, Fosamax and Boniva. Their long-term use can double your risk of esophageal cancer.

The FDA reports that at least twenty-three cases of cancer resulted from Fosamax in the US between 1995 and 2008. Later analysis included approximately 3000 patients suffering with esophageal cancer, about 2000 with stomach cancers and 10,600 patients with colorectal cancer that were diagnosed between 1995 and 2005. Clearly, these medications are not safe to use.

Despite the law, the FDA does not always received truthful information about these drugs from the manufacturers and there are many lawsuits to back up that fact. Often, by the time problems are reported to the FDA, the drug is already in use and being prescribed by doctors who have no clue of the dangers, either.

Before you take any medication, prescription or OTC, you should talk to your doctor about the side effects and interactions that may occur. Talk to other people who have used the medication and check on line for anyone who has had a negative reaction or whether or not the manufacturer of the drug has been sued and why.

Lawsuits tell a lot about a dangerous medication, sadly after people have died or been harmed by the drug, but they are a good gauge of whether or not you should take the drug. The same is true for on line chats and forums where users of these medications often tell their stories.

While not everything on line is accurate or true, you can use someone else’s experience to do your own research on a drug or medication that could potentially harm you, so use other’s experiences as leverage to find out more about potentially harmful drugs, then talk to your doctor.

Check drug manufacturer’s websites for interactions and side effects. Check out the FDA’s site and the poison control centers and the CDC to see if a drug that you are taking can harm you or not.

It’s you’re your choice, your birthright to know whether a substance can cause you harm and if it does, you do not have to use it. Stand firm for your health and safety.