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Drugs: Are you taking one of the 'dirty 20'?
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Are you taking one of the 'dirty 20' prescription drugs? If so, talk to your doctor straight away to see if there is a safer alternative for you

Are you taking one of the 'dirty 20' prescription drugs? If so, talk to your doctor straight away to see if there is a safer alternative for you.

America's drug watchdog, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has listed the 20 drugs that are being investigated following new, and often life-threatening, adverse reactions associated with them.

The FDA was forced to reveal the names of the drugs under investigation following a recent federal law that requires the agency to be more transparent.

The drugs they're investigating are:

  • Arginine Hydrochloride Injection (R-Gene 10) - pediatric overdose due to labelling and packaging confusion
  • Desflurane (Suprane) - cardiac arrest
  • Duloxetine (Cymbalta) - urinary retention
  • Etravirine (Intelence) - blood retention in joint
  • Fluorouracil cream (Carac) and Ketoconazole cream (Kuric) - adverse reactions because of name confusion
  • Heparin - anaphylactic reactions that are life-threatening
  • Icodextrin (Extraneal) - low blood sugar, or hypoglycaemia
  • Insulin U-500 (Humulin R) - dosing confusion
  • Ivermectin (Stromectol) and Warfarin - drug interaction problems
  • Lapatinib (Tykerb) - liver toxicity
  • Lenalidomide (Revlimid) - Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a deadly reaction
  • Natalizumab (Tysabri) - skin melanomas, or cancer
  • Nitroglycerin (Nitrostat) - overdose due to labelling confusion
  • Octreotide Acetate Depot (Sandostatin LAR) - bowel problems
  • Oxycodone Hydrochloride Controlled-Release (OxyContin) - drug misuse and abuse
  • Perflutren Lipid Microsphere (Definity) -lung and heart reactions
  • Phenytoin Injection (Dilantin) - pain and swelling of the hand that may lead to amputation
  • Quetiapine (Seroquel) - overdose due to label confusion
  • Tebivudine (Tyzeka) - peripheral neuropathy, or tingling of the extremities
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) Blockers - cancer in children and adolescents

(Source: FDA website)

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