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Are you taking too many meds? May 31, 2011

Posted by Dreamhealer in Big Pharma.
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Editor’s note: Americans have been led to believe — by their doctors, by advertisers and by the pharmaceutical industry — that there is a pill to cure just about anything that ails them. This week, the networks of CNN go deep into the politics and the pills.

(CNN) — For Alesandra Rain, it all started with sleeplessness. In 1993 she was having marital troubles and her business wasn’t doing well. Anxiety kept her up at night, so her general practitioner prescribed sleeping pills. “It worked fabulously. I felt very relaxed and I would sleep better,” Rain remembers. “I thought this was certainly the right prescription for me.”

Then a few weeks later, another symptom developed. “It was so unusual. I started having bronchitis and lung infections,” she recalls. She went to a pulmonologist who prescribed an antibiotic. Another complication soon followed.

“My heart started skipping beats, so I was referred to a cardiologist,” explains Rain, who says other than a series of surgeries after a car accident, she had been completely healthy until this point in her life. The cardiologist ran a few tests and prescribed medication to treat arhythmias. It didn’t end there.

Eventually she developed seizures. At this point, she was already taking at least six different prescriptions from three separate specialists. She went to see a neurologist who prescribed an anti-seizure medication on top of that.

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