15 COMMONEST DRUGS THAT NIGERIANS ABUSE, AND THEIR SIDE EFFECTS.
This compilation is from nationwide submissions. Check to see which you take, please, and take necessary action to save your life.
A lot of people pop these pills for pains, menstrual pains and Bone pains the so called “RHEUMATISM.”
Long-term dangers from overusing Diclofenac are:
Stroke in the Brain
This is now like Tom Tom in people’s purses and bags. A common oral contraceptive used by sexually active women to prevent pregnancy. When misused can cause:
Increased chances of breast cancer.
The drug is Piroxicam. It belongs to a class called NSAIDS (Just like Diclofenac). A lot of women and girls use it during menstruation to reduce or stop menstrual pains. Misuse can cause:
-Problems with the Pancreas
You will wonder why Cough syrups are a best seller in Pharmacies, especially the ones with Codeine. It has various constituents but lot of people take it like Fanta and mix in drinks. Some dangers:
Psychiatry problems like Hallucinations, Delusions, and Addiction, sudden death
Common pain med taken by lot of people. Common also among elderly when they say they have “Rheumatism.” Misuse can cause
-It can trigger an asthmatic attack
-Increases your risk of Abortion (controversial)
Coffee contains caffeine. It has become like daily water for some people. Executives, students and anyone who wants to stay alert may have experimented with coffee. Long term use can cause:
Abnormal beating of the heart
Not safe in Pregnancy
Common one is Doxycycline a lot of people admitted to using it for ‘toilet infection'(so called) and abortion. Misuse can cause:
It crosses the Placenta and damages the baby’s bone and teeth
Not advised if you’re pregnant.
It might look like that small orange pill or sweet white pills. It is like chewing gum for some people, something that one can take anytime they want. Some dangers:
Excess and overdose of it can increase your chances of having a Kidney stone which can damage the Kidneys.
Especially when one has a background kidney problem.
One of the most available painkillers. With 100 naira, you can get it.
Some people even use it in cooking meat to make it tender. so wrong. When Paracetamol is overused or cooked, it can cause:
Careful with paracetamol in children
This is one of the most abused Antibiotics. People pop it like candy bars. Any small diarrhea. Some side effects if abused
- can reduce the blood cells count
- can damage the brain and nerves
Not best safe early in Pregnancy
controversial link to Cancer in Animals.
ALABUKUN powder contains aspirin and caffeine. A lot use it for pain relief, especially bricklayers and heavy-duty workers. Some dangers from misuse include:
One can even bleed to death from overdosing on Alabukun powder.
It contains Ampicillin and Cloxacillin. It is now a drug people run to ‘flush’ their system after sex, abortion, treat so called Toilet infections
Dangerous in people with penicillin allergy (Bad reactions)
Damage the muscles
Common brand is CypriGold. People have abused it because it can stimulate appetite, in a bid to gain weight.
Can affect blood cells
Damage the liver
Cause poor sleep
Abnormal hand shaking
Ringing in ears
Mess your menses up
Low blood pressure.
One of the most abused drugs by Nigerians in a bid to get good sleep. It sedates
Dangers of abuse
It can be addictive
Dizziness and memory problem,
Stopping it suddenly after long abuse is also dangerous (See a doctor to guide you).
Tramadol is meant to be a tightly regulated drug but sadly in Nigeria even with 50 naira you can get it on the streets
Addiction can cut off your breathing
Seeing things that are not there (delusion, hallucination, migraine, headache, anxiety.
Take Note Please!!!!