Wondering why you've gained a few — or why your urine's blue? Some common drugs come with uncommon side effects.
Plenty of medications get a bad rap for having icky, unpleasant drug side effects — and rightfully so. Upset stomachs, muscle aches, dizziness, and headaches are some of the most common reactions patients have to certain drugs. But what if your urine turns blue or the drug you are taking causes you to fall asleep without warning? Here’s a look at some common drugs’ not-so-common side effects.
Kooky Hallucinations Triggered by MedsHallucinations occur when you sense something that is not really there — and having them can be a frightening drug side effect. Hallucinations can be seen, heard, felt, or even smelled. And while we usually associate hallucinations with recreational drugs like LSD, one well-known prescription drug that may also cause hallucinations is the sleep aid Lunesta (eszopiclone). Lexapro (escitalopram), a common medication used for depression, has also been known to cause hallucinations.
Meds That Make Your Urine BlueIt's not unusual to notice a change in urine color. For example, beets can turn your urine pink and vitamins may make your urine bright orange. But can you imagine seeing your urine turn green or blue? This odd symptom can be a side effect of taking the antidepressant Elavil (amitriptyline) or the common pain reliever Indocin (indomethacin). In addition, the antibiotic Flagyl (metronidazole) can cause urine to turn black.
Weird Dream-Weaving DrugsThe medication Chantix (varencline), prescribed to help people stop smoking, is known to cause dreams that are super strange and vivid. Even stranger? People taking the prescription sleep aid Ambien (zolpidem) have been known to get up at night, go for a drive, talk on the phone, or even have sex — and not remember anything in the morning.
Gas-Passing PrescriptionsThere are few drug side effects more annoying than a sudden attack of bloating followed by flatulence. Abdominal bloating can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Medications that contain the sugars lactulose or sorbitol, which are used to treat constipation, can cause bloating, as can over-the-counter antacids with calcium carbonate, such as Tums and Rolaids. Prilosec (omeprazole), a commonly prescribed heartburn medication, also has bloating as a drug side effect.