We all take cocktails of drugs with their varying side effects but does anyone stop to look at the fillers, preservatives and colours that are added alongside the active ingredients? The majority of the colours would not be allowed in sweets and confectionary so why do we put up with them in pills? After all, we are popping pills like sweets all day for years!
Example: Omeprazole. Used to protect from reflux, ulcers, etc. Apart from the active substance (!) include SODIUM LAURYL SULPHATE - also used in bubble bath, shampoo and conditioner and industrial cleaning products. Potential side effects include skin, eye and mucous membrane irritation, dry skin/eczema, mouth ulcers, liver & gastrointestinal toxicity. On the National Institute of Health (US) Hazard list!
MANNITOL E421- also used in hand cream and hair grooming products and low calorie foods. Side effects include, hypersensitivity reactions; nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, hives, kidney disfunction and gastric irritation.
TALC - used widely as an anticaking agent also used in eye make-up, bath powder, baby powder and animal feed. Side effects include, cancer (stomach and ovarian), cough, vomiting, respiratory problems, tumours and stomach problems.
Not forgetting the lovely sounding QUINOLINE YELLOW which has been banned in some countries. This may cause asthma, hives, skin rash, hyperactivity (!), anaphylaxis and is carcinogenic. This also used in cosmetics, dye, lipstick, soap, cologne............ and so the list goes on.
It's all very well to be told that all these additives are safe but if added to sweets, soft drinks etc, we could choose to cut them out of our diet. We can't choose to cut out our medication! Who decides whether the side effects we have are due to the particular medication or something as simple as the colour of it?