The High Cost of Side Effects


March 11, 2010 - Regular use of aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or acetaminophen may increase the risk for hearing loss in men, and the impact is larger on those younger than 60 years, according to a prospective study published in the March 2010 issue of the American Journal of Medicine.

This is only the latest in a long line of announcements that focus on the dangers and/or side effects of traditional drug use.

It is not, however, a recent phenomenon:

This original antibiotic, Streptomycin, was produced in quantity in 1944, helped in treating such lethal diseases as tuberculosis, typhoid fever, bubonic plague, and bacterial meningitis. Although streptomycin saved numerous lives, it was eventually found to be unsafe and removed from the market. NSAIDs have a black box warning for gastrointestinal bleeding and cardiovascular risks.

Antidepressants may treat depression, but also have numerous warnings about compulsive behavior, impotence, weight loss and an increased rate of suicide.

Traditional drug therapies have provided physicians with numerous options for treatment that have cured and/or treated numerous diseases, but the list of warnings is limitless. Virtually every drug in the PDR has an overwhelming number of warnings and side effects.

While they have provided a great benefit, we may someday look back on this era much like we now view past medical treatments. New gene therapies or stem cell innovations may deem traditional drug therapies as “primitive”.

The Medical Foods and Convenience Packs (a generic drug and Medical Food in one package) are a more modern approach to disease management that allows the benefit of a generic drug at a dose that is more manageable. This increases compliance, while significantly reducing side effects.


The above study is indicative of numerous trials that illustrate that when Medical Foods are taken in conjunction with generic drugs the dose can be lowered with no decrease in efficacy.

Theraproxen™ is a convenience pack with both a generic drug, Naproxen™ and the Medical Food, Theramine™, packaged together.

This literally offers the best of both worlds, the efficacy of a both the generic drug and Medical Food, while allowing the benefit of a reduced dose.