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SOME COMMONEST DRUGS GHANAIANS ABUSE AND THEIR SIDE EFFECTS

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1. DICLOFENAC

A lot of people pop these pills for pains, menstrual pains.

On the long run it can cause:

Ulcers

Internal bleeding

Heart attack

Stroke

Liver damage

Kidney damage



2. PARACETAMOL

One of the most available pain killers

When overused can cause:

Liver damage

Kidney damage



3. VITAMIN C

It might look like that small orange pill or sweet white pills 

Excess and overdose of it can increase your chances of having a Kidney stone which can damage the Kidneys.



4. Flagyl

This is one of the most abused Antibiotics. People pop it like Paracetamol

Some side effects if abused

- can reduce the blood cells count 

- can damage the brain and nerves 

Not best safe early in Pregnancy

controversial link to Cancer in Animals


5. AMPICLOX

It contains Ampicillin and Cloxacillin. It is now a drug people run to 'flush' their system after sex, abortion, treat so called Toilet infections 

 Dangers

-Dangerous in people with penicillin allergy.

- Seizures 

-Damage the muscles

 -Kidney problems



6. TRAMADOL

Tramadol is meant to be a tightly regulated drug but sadly in Nigeria even with 50 naira you can get it on the streets

Dangers

-Addiction

-Can cut off your breathing

-Seizures 

-Seeing things not there , Headche , Anxiety.



7. COFFEE

Coffee contains Caffeine it has become like daily water for some people

Long term use can cause:

- hypertension

- sleep problems

-Anxiety

-Headache

-Abnormal beating of the heart

Not safe in Pregnancy.


8. Cough Syrup

Has various constituents but lot of people take it almost like Fanta

Some dangers:

Psychiatry problem like Hallucinations , Delusions

-Addiction

-sudden death



9. POSTINOR

A common oral contraceptive used by sexually active women

When misused can cause:

-Abnormal menstruation

-Painful menses

-Bleeding

-Hair loss

-Headache

-Increased chance of Breast cancer.



10. IBUPROFEN

Another Common pain med taken by lots of people 

Misuse can cause

-Internal bleeding

-Hypertension

-Heart attack

-It can trigger an asthmatic attack

-Kidney failure

-Increases your risk of Abortion (controversial).




11. TETRACYCLINE

Common one is Doxycycline a lot of people admitted to using it for 'toilet infection'(so called) and abortion

Misuse can cause:

-Liver damage

-Skin problems

-Hearing problem

It crosses the Placenta and damages the baby's bone & teeth

A No No if you're pregnant.


12. FELVIN

The drug is Piroxicam. It is used during Menstruation by a lot of women

Misuse can cause

- Ulcer

-Hypertension

-Hearing problem

-Kidney damage

-Problems with the Pancreas

-Liver damage


13. Cyproheptadine

Common brand is Cypri Gold. People have abused it because it can stimulate Apetite, in a bid to gain weight

Dangers

-Can affect blood cells

-Damage the liver 

-Cause poor sleep 

-Abnormal hand shaking 

-Ringing in ears

-Mess your menses up 

-Low blood pressure

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