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Why Did MS Drug Kill Eleven People?

Why Did MS Drug Kill Eleven People?

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  • Health agencies from multiple countries, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency, are investigating reports of 11 deaths in multiple sclerosis patients who took the drug Gilenya: the deaths were due to sudden death, heart attack or fatal disruption of heart rhythm.
  • Gilenya is known to cause heart-rate problems, so all patients must be monitored for slow heart rate for six hours after they first take the drug. Other known side effects include increased risk of serious infections, vision problems, breathing problems, liver problems and increases in blood pressure
  • Potentially deadly drugs are not the only option for treating MS; specific dietary and lifestyle changes may reverse the course of this condition

By Dr. Mercola

When you take drugs for multiple sclerosis (MS), you may very well be trading MS for another set of health problems, including paying the ultimate price: death.

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