Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Wonders of Modern Medicine, Part Deux...
Yet another wonder drug with yet another list of disturbing side-effects. This particular drug (which won't be named for obvious reasons) claims to treat those with Type II Diabetes. We'll call it 'Wonderpill!'.

Wonderpill! is supposed to help those with Type II Diabetes control their blood sugar, and of course,the commercial follows the same pattern of others of it's ilk. Good thing, right? Check out these side effects:

*Wonderpill! will lower your blood sugar, sometimes to the point where you might develop hypoglycemia, which is like having almost no blood sugar at all.
*Wonderpill! has some (unspecified) effect on the kidneys, and the ad warns that your doctor will have you undergo a regimen of regular blood tests for kidney function.
*Allergic reactions include rash, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue and throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing. You are advised that if this occurs, you should call your doctor or hospital (assuming you can talk, being short of breath and with a swollen throat).
*Most common side-effects are: upper-respiratory infections, stuffy or runny noses and sore throat (I wonder if your throat feels sore when it's swollen?).

Yes, take Wonderpill! which won't actually cure your diabetes, but will help you to control it (i.e. you will just have to adjust all aspects of your lifestyle and continue to take this friggin' drug for as long as we can get you to), so long as you don't suffocate or have your kidneys shut down first.

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