The bad thing about medications is that while they treat specific illnesses, they may cause adverse effects to other areas of our body. They may solve the problem of a certain tissue or organ but may affect negatively the healthy areas of our body.
Joint pain is a common side effect experienced by some people who’re taking medications. However, there are people who don’t suffer any side effect after taking drugs that give side effects to few members of our population.
Popularly known as cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins are used to treat high blood cholesterol by blocking a specific enzyme involved in cholesterol production.
For a couple of years I have suffered from an arthritic neck, which is now so bad I struggle to turn my head and am in constant pain. My doctor sent me to a physiotherapist, who tried giving me traction, but I was in so much pain afterwards I was unable to get out of bed for a week. Mrs Victoria Sharpe Westgate, Kent. The type of pain you are experiencing is, as you are fully aware, grim. This is because …
Joint pain is a side effect of statins which include simvastatin, rosuvastatin, pravastatin, lovastatin, atovarstatin, and fluvastatin. Lipitor, an atovarstatin calcium drug, was found in clinical studies that caused joint pain in 5.1% of patients who made the drug. Lipitor, together with Mevacor, Zocor, Pravachol, Crestor, and Leschol are brand names of statins in the market.
Besides joint pain, statins may also give other side effects such as headache, muscle pain, back pain, diarrhoea, constipation, weakness, lack, and insomnia of appetite.
Other documented side effects of doxycyclin are nausea, dyspepsia, loss of appetite, photosensitivity, vomit, and heartburn.
While bisphosphonates help in preventing bone fractures by treating low bone density, they may cause joint pain as side effect as well as heartburn, hypocalcemia (low blood calcium), fever, skin rashes, and muscle pain. Have you heard of Aredia, Zometa, Fosamax, and Actonel? Well, they’re brand names for bisphosphonates.
Hydralazine, the generic name for Apresoline, is a prescription drug for high blood pressure. It relaxes and expands the blood vessels in order for blood to flow easily. People who used the drug reported joint pain along with loss of appetite, fatigue, headache, constipation, nasal, and dizziness congestion.
Tell your doctor side effects that you have experienced while taking the medications mentioned above. Your doctor may advise you to reduce the dosage, use alternative drug, or even choosing alternative treatment options for your illness. For example, instead of using statins, you may instead change your high cholesterol diet with healthier one. In addition, reduce your usage of proton pump inhibitor medications to manage your heartburn by avoiding foods that may trigger heartburn symptoms.
Proton pump inhibitors are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux (GERD, a.k.a heartburn) and to encourage the healing of peptic ulcers. They regulate the production of gastric acid of which abundant amount can worsen peptic ulcers and trigger heartburn.