15 Rx Meds With Some of the Most Dangerous Side Effects

For most of us, taking prescription drugs has become about as routine as hopping in the shower. Today a whopping 60% of Americans are popping pills for various ailments, according to The Washington Post. Whether you need a prescription for keeping chronic pain at bay or avoiding pregnancy, there’s a drug most of us feel like we absolutely must have.

Though getting a slip from your doctor to be filled by your pharmacy is commonplace nowadays, we all should be thinking a little more carefully about what we’re putting into our bodies. Here are 15 prescription medications that come with their fair share of dangerous side effects. Remember — just because it’s FDA-approved doesn’t mean your body will welcome it with open arms.

1. Yaz

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Yaz may be more dangerous than other types of birth control. | iStock.com

When Yaz was introduced to the birth control scene, many women with hormonal acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder rejoiced. Finally, there was something on the market that not only provided protection against pregnancy, but could also treat other side effects from that time of the month. This celebration was short-lived, however. This birth control contains drospirenon, a hormone that may come with an increased risk for blood clots.

Most people who are on Yaz experience less severe side effects like headaches, nausea, and irritability, but blood clots can be life-threatening. If you experience leg pain, shortness of breath, or sudden blindness, consult a physician immediately.

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