It’s NOT the kind of news you ever want to wake up to see.
You turn on the TV… or open the newspaper (remember those???)… or check online… or maybe even your email.
And you see it: another warning out about meds – and this time, your drugs are on the list.
It’s enough to make your heart skip a beat, and in this case that’s EXACTLY the risk you’re facing as the American Heart Association warns that several common classes of medication can lead to SERIOUS and potentially DEADLY heartbeat problems.
But I’m not just here to repeat the warning to scare you.
I’m here with a solution.
I’ve got the names of the drugs linked to that frightening risk… and the better options you can replace them with!
Common drugs linked the heartbeat risk
The American Heart Association says the drugs covered in the warning can cause irregular heartbeats, including a heart that beats too fast… too slow… or even starts “fluttering.”
That, in turn, can make you dizzy or faint.
And inside your body, it can make it difficult for blood to reach your organs – potentially damaging the heart, brain and more.
So allow me to share two of the meds that pose the biggest threat, according to the new warning. And while you shouldn’t quit ANY of them without talking to your doctor first, I’ve got some safer options you can discuss with him:
HEARTBEAT THREAT #1: Antidepressants
The new warning covers citalopram (Celexa), bscitalopram (Lexapro) and fluoxetine (Prozac) – drugs more people are turning to than ever as “pandemic blues” hit hard.
Sales are UP… and supplies are DOWN, leading to an antidepressant shortage earlier this year.
But who needs ’em???
All-natural curcumin has gone head-to-head against one of those VERY drugs… fluoxetine… and MATCHED it every step of the way!
HEARTBEAT THREAT #2: Azithromycin
You know this one, maybe too well. It’s the trusty Z-Pak docs turn to for common infections. A running joke in medicine is how badly overused it is for the common cold: Patients come in depending an antibiotic, and too many docs comply just to make them happy.
The docs KNOW the drug won’t work (plus, the cold will go away on its own). But they THINK that at least it’s safe.
Clearly, it’s not.
In addition to the new warning, studies have found it can make your heart race like it’s running the Belmont, speeding along at FOUR TIMES the resting rate. And a 2012 study found it can TRIPLE your risk of death.
There are times you may truly need it, so talk with your doc. But often, safer antibiotics will do the trick… and for the common cold, vitamins A, C, D and zinc will do much more for your infection than any drug. And don’t forget one of the best natural treatments of all for the cold: sleep it off!