Drug commercials scare me.
They seem innocent enough with attractive people, young and old, shown living their lives to the fullest. They’re maintaining full schedules. Juggling families. Riding bikes. Walking the dog. Eating healthfully. Keeping on top of everyday stresses. Just like you and me. Just like you and me with one minor difference: the presence of a horrible health-related affliction. An affliction so painful, so restrictive that only said drug can give those afflicted their freedom back. The freedom to live their lives, ahem, freely.
Freely, that is, except for side effects. Which sound 10 times WORSE than the affliction’s symptoms. The following are side effects of a popular cholesterol-lowering drug that’s taken orally: indigestion, incomplete or infrequent bowel movements, gas, stomach cramps, joint pain, backache, reaction due to allergy, throat irritation, sinus irritation and congestion, dizziness, flu-like symptoms, rash, head pain, nausea and diarrhea. That’s 15 possible side effects. Fifteen of the more enjoyable side effects. There are actually 89 side effects listed on WebMD. 89. Yes, some are rare. And others even rarer. But still, 89 side effects? For one drug? Holy smokes!
There’s just something very eerie about hearing “Side effects are mild and may include: dizziness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, dry eye, bleeding of the mouth and, in rare instances, death. If you experience a side effect, stop taking the drug immediately and contact your healthcare provider.”
Especially when all the people in the commercial are smiling and so full of zest. Those people surely cannot be suffering from any of the aforementioned side effects. They’re too happy. Too free.
I think I’m going to have to give up watching network news programming. Too many drug commercials. Infiltrated with commercials for financial institutions. Which, in and of themselves, are afflicting the average American with unpleasant side effects these days.
[Note: People in image likely aren’t suffering from any side effects. Or they’re REALLY good actors.]