It’s a military term. It’s used when people or property which aren’t the intended target of an attack still get damaged.
But it’s not JUST folks in war zones who become victims of collateral damage. If you’re taking any of Big Pharma’s drugs, YOU may be at risk too.
In fact, if you’re on the popular arthritis drug Xeljanz you may have ALREADY dodged a bullet.
Xeljanz is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis. It’s one of Pfizer’s fasting growing drugs.
It raked in $1.77 billion last year. And with tons of ads running everywhere you look, it was on track to make even more this year.
RA drug Xeljanz linked to blood clots
But the results of a recent postmarketing study on Xeljanz have sent shockwaves through the medical community.
And it could put the drug’s future in question.
The study revealed that a dangerous, and potentially deadly, side effect can occur in some patients taking the drug for rheumatoid arthritis.
Folks taking a 10-mg dose of Xeljanz had a significantly higher chance of having a pulmonary embolism, or blood clot in the lung, than those on a lower dosage.
And they were more likely to end up dead, too.
Blood clots aren’t the only side effect haunting the drug either. The higher dosage of Xeljanz already has a black box warning about potential infection and cancer risks.
Consider SAFER options for rheumatoid arthritis
If you’re currently taking Xeljanz, you should talk with your doctor about your risks.
Other drugs in this class known as JAK inhibitors could pose a danger too. Eli Lilly’s Olumiant already comes with a black box warning for serious blood clots, for example.
While you’re there be sure to ask him about other safer options, too.
And consider trying some natural solutions which may help you cut back on prescription meds. For example, studies show gentle movement helps relieve the swelling and pain of rheumatoid arthritis.
In one study, tai-chi decreased pain and increased function for many patients. And a Johns Hopkins study found yoga can reduce swelling and tenderness in the joints of folks with rheumatoid arthritis.
Other people have found supplements such as Padma Basic, Boswellia, fish oil, tart cherry juice, ginger, and the probiotic strain Lactobacillus casei 01 can help relieve RA symptoms as well.
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