Blood Pressure Drug Raises Cancer Risk

Are these things even tested?

It seems like every drug available wants you to buy it so much that it advertises itself to you, asks you to talk to your doctor about it and professes to be a miracle with so many side effects that it's probably not worth taking at all. Of course, it's the pharmaceutical companies engaging in all of this advertising, and it's absolutey ridiculous to think a commercial should give you medical advice. It's even more ridiculous to find out that your medication, a common pill to help you with blood pressure, can raise your risk of cancer sevenfold!

That's what people who take HCTZ are finding out right now. This medication can increase your risk of skin cancer by seven times. It's because the drug makes your skin more sensitive to ultraviolet rays. It's a risk among many other medicines that say they can cause cancer in their potential side effects and I don't know about you, but if a drug can increase your risk of cancer, I don't think it should be approved--especially if there are alternatives and it's not a life threatening condition.

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