Family doctor Valentin Shishkin, a practitioner in seven specialties at once, listed drugs that have long since lost their effectiveness. However, they are still prescribed by doctors.
“The topic of the ineffectiveness of certain drugs is very complex, because sometimes even outdated drugs have a point of application in certain conditions of the patient. There are no absolutely bad or outdated drugs. There are areas of medicine for which they are no longer widely used, “Shishkin explained in an interview with Dr. Peter.
One of the classic examples of such drugs is hydroxylchlorine, which has anti-malarial properties and has anti-inflammatory effects. Despite the fact that the drug was considered obsolete and has a large number of side effects, in the coronavirus pandemic, it received a second life and was even actively used.
Analgin is considered a banned drug in many European countries and the United States for the treatment of chronic pain. But it is actively used to reduce the temperature or for one-time anesthesia. Although analgin is obsolete, new and safer drugs with the same mechanism of action have emerged.
Tetracycline and chloramphenicol, which belong to the group of antibiotics, are not used for standard treatment. For example, no one uses chloramphenicol for intestinal infections, and for more systemic use there are milder antibiotics than this drug. As for tetracycline drugs, especially systemic antibiotics, they have become obsolete, but can be used, for example, in the treatment of osteomyelitis or polyvalent antibiotic resistance.
Corvalol is useless in the treatment of heart pain because it does not contain components that somehow affect myocardial metabolism. They have a reflex effect and work more like a placebo or a distraction therapy. However, they have not lost their relevance in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
Buckthorn and senna, which are used as laxatives, are also being actively used. They cause severe intestinal damage, which can sometimes lead to the need for surgical treatment due to the development of intestinal obstruction. There are more modern and safer herbal remedies.
Previously, there were effective and inexpensive replacements for conventional allergy medications.