The Side Effect

BIOLOGICAL WEAPON WARNING: Potential side effect includes effective treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

That was my first thought after seeing a commercial for a new drug, HUMIRA, designed to treat rheumatoid arthritis. In yet another case of a drug with side effects worse than the symptoms they treat, this has to be the worst one yet.

Some of these complications include: tuberculosis (some fatal infections reported), flu-like symptoms, flare-ups of Hepatitis B, lymphoma, central nervous system disorders, and serious blood disorders.

3 Comments on this post

I don't know what you're talking about. I would so take that. I mean, I MIGHT get TB or lymphoma, or even die, but at least my hands wouldn't hurt, right?


Oct. 14, 2006 at 3:33 pm


A worse scenerio would be for the medicine to not work AND you get a DIFFERENT disease because of it.


Oct. 23, 2006 at 3:14 pm


Hey Chad. I'm so glad someone else besides me notices the "side effects are worse than the condition" phenomenon. Let me tell you about the worst one I ever saw.

It was not the worst because of the severity of the side effects, necessarily. It was the worst because of the sheer irony of the particular side effects that it gave.

After advertising this revolutionary new drug that was supposed to relieve symptoms of the common flu virus, the announcer proceeded with:

Side effects may include headache, dizziness, fatigue, sore throat, stuffy nose, cough, sleeplessness, and upset stomach.

Does not reduce fever.

Rachel Davis

Dec. 19, 2006 at 4:59 am


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