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Friday, March 20, 2009

Are drugs worth side effects?

Cialis has worked when the couple makes the tubs

Ever since they were approved years ago, we have been inundated with TV commercials for prescription drugs. Some of them can be fantastic in their claims to ease pain and suffering. When I see a pitch for these miracle products my first thought is, "O. K., let’s hear about the side effects."

One of my favorites is for Abilify, a drug used by those suffering from depression and bi-polar problems. Side effects include tremors, restlessness, shakes, muscle stiffness, other involuntary movements and a possible tendency toward suicide. Needless to say, anyone who uses this drug better be under some supervision especially for the suicide warning.

Then there is Cialis. We all know the ads: the gray haired guy is dancing with the babe and suddenly they head for the elevator to get to their hotel room. The dude took his Cialis 90 minutes ago and he is ready for some action. We’re all rooting for him but we hope that he doesn’t take nitrates because when they are mixed with Cialis, it could cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure.

He better not drink alcohol to excess with Cialis as that could lower blood pressure too and cause additional dizziness. Cialis can cause upset stomach and headache and possible back and muscle ache. In rare occurrences he may report loss of hearing or vision at which time he should immediately call his doctor. Really? Can you picture this scenario: "Uh, hello Doc. Ya see, I have this babe in a room at the Ritz-Carlton and I took some Cialis, not that I really need it, but, well, you know Doc, I got lucky and got her up to my room and suddenly I can’t hear or see. Other than that and my upset stomach, dizziness, and headache I’m feeling pretty lucky tonight. What should I do?"

I don’t know what the Doc tells the guy but the commercial always ends with the two lovers sitting in bathtubs with a couple glasses of Champagne watching the sun set on the Pacific. Something tells me he did all right.

Ah, the glory of Cialis except for those pesky side effects.

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