Drugs that won’t make you vomit enough to stop using them?

I have a neighbour with really terrible taste in music. If they have any at all. Does that sound snotty? Forgive me if it does, but I’m being tortured by some kind of prog-rock trauma machine.

Fun with advertising! Australians, the US has no law – as we do – forbidding Direct-to-Consumer advertising. Don’t, by the by, ever let that change (I mean, don’t allow it in Australia – by all means try to get it banned in the US too).

So every now and then I’m exposed to this. Today for example, cleaning while appreciating tbs taking a break from Law and Order re-runs (Australians: forget it. That’s a joke for the Americans) and showing those Noah Wyle Librarian movies, cleaning the apartment. Avoiding work, basically.

Ooh, the bad guy just died. This is such a poor man’s Indian Jones, but I’ll take it until the real one rises again.

Anyway. An advertisement for the drug Requip, a pharmaceutical treatment for Restless Leg Syndrome (it has it’s own foundation, though I’d like to see who stumps up the money for it). As the nice lady on the telly ran through in her most cheerful voice, the side-effects of Requip (potentially) include:

  • Nausea (40 percent)
  • Excessive tiredness, which is known as somnolence (12 percent)
  • Vomiting (11 percent)
  • Dizziness (11 percent; also fainting when you stand up for some people)
  • Fatigue (8 percent)
  • Diarrhea (5 percent)
  • Sore throat (9 percent)

For between 2% and 5% of people:

  • Spinning sensation (vertigo)
  • Indigestion (dyspepsia)
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry mouth
  • Abdominal pain
  • Swelling
  • Influenza
  • Pain in the joints (arthralgia)
  • Muscle cramps
  • Pain in the legs or arms
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Cough
  • Nasal congestion
  • Back pain
  • Inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis).

This is for restless legs. There are even more, believe it or not – but less than 1%, and not required by law to be mentioned in the advertisement.

What I loved – loved – about all this was one line in particular (although a woman running through this list as though it was groceries was entertaining enough): that people vomited, but not enough to stop using the treatment. Eh? So you may become nauseated, you may vomit, but manufacturer GSK is betting you won’t vomit enough to stop taking their pills. Alternatively they’re telling you that although may vomit, everyone else can handle it so don’t be such a sook.


3 comments so far


    Yes, I agree. I have spoken to many doctors and they are pretty sick and tired of people telling them that they want to take such and such drug because they saw it advertised. I believe that it is much better when the drug companies pay off the doctors so that they prescribe the drugs that they want pushed. It cuts out the middle man.

  2. zooeygoethe on

    They do that already, too:

    From the Journal of the American Medical Association: http://www.newstarget.com/019179.html:

    The Journal of the American Medical Association is rocking the boat in conventional medicine. An article in JAMA has come up with the suggestion — aghast! — that doctors should stop accepting bribes from drug companies. Most people didn’t know that doctors routinely accept bribes (including hundreds of thousands of dollars in “contractor’s fees” for signing patients up for drug trials), so this news may come as a bit of a shock to some.

    Big Pharma spends nearly $19 billion a year bribing and influencing physicians, by the way. That’s billion with a “B.” How much money is $19 billion? It’s more money than NASA wastes smashing satellites into Mars and exploding space shuttles in Earth’s upper atmosphere. It’s more money than the entire junk food industry spends hypnotizing obese children into nagging their parents for another box of sugar-bomb breakfast cereal at the quickie mart. Heck, it’s more money than the entire United States spends on genuine disease prevention and health education.

  3. fxxtgkrahotmail.com on

    However my dear friend, we must not panic and? we must understand that whatever happens, if we had been good hearted and we honour good things and God above all things we have nothing to fear. Remember that life is a wonderful experience even when it is difficult and that Love is the most valuable thing we can own. Live your life like that and do not worry about anything!!!! Peace to you!!!!

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