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Side Effects of Harsh Medications that Disrupt the Autoimmune System

Truth #3. You SHOULD be concerned about the side effects of harsh medications.

I wish this wasn’t true – but it is. Conventional medicine doctors who are trying to bring aid and comfort to their patients are likely to reassure you that your medications won’t cause side effects and that the side effects they do cause are minor. As a former “conventional medicine patient and doctor” I know this all too well.

In fact, the side effects of these medications are common, frequent, and disruptive across all of the drug types most often used to treat autoimmune disorders, including immunosuppressants, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs), and biologics.

There are some exceptions, such as Hashimoto’s and Type I Diabetes. These patients are prescribed the supplemental, life-saving hormones (thyroid hormone and insulin respectively) that their thyroid or pancreas is simply unable to adequately produce. Most people with autoimmune conditions, however, are not so lucky.

Here’s a list of just some of the side effects commonly seen with the standard prescribed drugs:

Steroids/Immunosuppressants – including Prednisone

  • nausea or vomiting

  • sleep problems

  • irregular heartbeat

  • muscle pain or cramps

  • acne

  • weight gain

  • depression, mood swings, agitation

NSAIDS – including Advil, Aleve, Motrin

  • stomach pain

  • constipation

  • diarrhea

  • gas, heartburn

  • nausea or vomiting

  • dizziness

DMARDS – including Cellcept, Enbrel, Imuran, Trexall Plaquenil

  • infection

  • easy bruising or bleeding

  • fatigue

  • night sweats

  • anxiety or depression

  • abdominal pain

  • anemia

  • lymphoma

  • skim cancer

  • tuberculosis

Biologics – including Humira, Kineret

  • hepatitis B

  • cancer

  • heart failure

  • vision problems

  • upper respiratory infections

  • nausea

  • headaches

  • joint pain

The great news is that you CAN eliminate autoimmune symptoms and reverse your condition without harsh medications! By addressing the root causes of their autoimmune disease, most patients are able to reduce and often come entirely off of their harsh medications. 

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