5 Medications That Want You To Know They Have Multiple Uses!

Last Updated on November 22, 2019

Recent advances in medicine have saved many lives; vaccines have eliminated some infectious diseases that killed thousands of people in the past such as smallpox, measles, and mumps, and are preventing others like Influenza types and Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, whereas medications are fighting off some stubborn conditions and deadly diseases like cancer and AIDS.

There is a variety of medications that are quite effective in treating one specific illness or condition, and there are other medications that are quite the multitaskers! These medications may include antidepressants, birth control drugs, and some drugs that treat high blood pressure, which have the power to heal multiple health problems at once.

For example, some antidepressants have been shown to treat digestive system problems, low libido, insomnia, and are used for some off-label purposes which you will learn about as you keep reading!


#1 – Antidepressants

Antidepressants like SNRI and SSRI increase the level of serotonin, also known as the “feel good” hormone in the brain, and are commonly prescribed to relieve symptoms of mild depression, chronic depression, and anxiety disorders.

But the approved uses of these antidepressants do not stop there; they can treat multiple health conditions such as panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), severe phobia, and even bulimia and childhood enuresis, also known as bedwetting.

Off-label uses of antidepressants include migraine, low libido, insomnia, nicotine dependence, and digestive system disorders.

More and more people are using antidepressants outside their common use, as the medication’s name suggests.

Patients who do not suffer from depression may take antidepressants to treat one of the conditions mentioned above, only when their doctors or physicians prescribe them. So, you should never use antidepressant drugs for off-label purposes without consulting a doctor first to avoid health complications.

Like many powerful medications, antidepressants have some side effects: nausea, blurred vision, constipation, fatigue, weight gain, withdrawal, etc.

#2 – Aspirin

Did you know that aspirin could treat other health problems than fever, headache, toothache, and muscle pain?

This non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug also prevents blood clots from forming and clogging arteries, which is why doctors prescribe it to surgery patients with a high risk of a heart attack and stroke.

Low-dose aspirin is not only prescribed to patients who have surgeries related to heart problems, but doctors also prescribe it to patients following cancer surgeries, replacement surgeries—knee replacement surgery or partial knee replacement surgery, hip replacement surgery, ankle replacement surgery, shoulder replacement surgery—to reduce the risk of a heart attack.

You must always follow the dosage of aspirin prescribed to you because higher doses may result in some serious side effects and double your risk of internal bleeding instead of preventing heart problems like stroke and heart attack or relieving your pain.

#3 – Birth control

But that’s not only what birth control drugs are good for; they can help relieve migraines, regulate irregular and heavy menstruation, menstrual cramps, reduce PMS (premenstrual syndrome) symptoms which include tender breast, irritability, tiredness, mood swings, and acne.

Birth control are used to, well, prevent pregnancy.

But that’s not only what birth control drugs are good for; they can help relieve migraines, regulate irregular and heavy menstruation, menstrual cramps, reduce PMS (premenstrual syndrome) symptoms which include tender breast, irritability, tiredness, mood swings, and acne.

Birth control medications also treat intense pain caused by endometriosis, in which the endometrium, the lining of the uterus, starts to grow in places where it shouldn’t such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.

While birth control drugs have proved to be an effective treatment for the aforementioned health problems, there may have some side effects and cause problems that are similar to the ones they’re used to treat. Other rare side effects include mood changes, blood clots, breast cancer and cervical cancer.

#4 – Viagra

Sildenafil, the active ingredient in the brand Viagra, is used for treating erectile dysfunction. However, viagra’s other uses have not gone unnoticed by medical research.

Studies show that viagra is being used to treat pulmonary hypertension, high blood in lung arteries, Raynaud syndrome, in which hands and feet or other parts of the body become cold, painful, and pale or purple due to exposure to cold weather which then reduces blood flow and causes the symptoms.

Surprisingly enough, viagra can treat mountain sickness as it has the ability to reduce pulmonary artery pressure at high altitudes.

#5 – Minoxidil

Minoxidil was originally used as a medication that treats high blood pressure, kidney problems, stroke, and heart attacks but after health experts noticed one of its prominent side effects, which is hair growth, the FDA approved it as a treatment for male and female androgenic alopecia, also known as pattern baldness.

However, one of Minoxidil’s side effects is causing baldness! Once you stop using Minoxidil drugs, your hair may start to fall more and more at a faster rate than it originally was.

While off-label uses of some of the mentioned medications can rid you of many health conditions, but it can backfire and cause you some unforeseeable health problems. Never take medications that haven’t been prescribed to you by a doctor!


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