Dr. Ed Explains The 'Drugs Doctors Avoid'

Men's Health Magazine just came out with a list of the top eight drugs that they say doctors themselves are hesitant to use.

KLTV 7's Danielle Capper got Med Team Dr. Ed Dominguez' opinion about the list.

Men's Health Magazine lists the following 8 drugs as ones doctors themselves wouldn't take.

  • Advair
  • Avandia
  • Celebrex
  • Ketek
  • Prilosec
  • Nexium
  • Visine Original
  • Pseudoephedrine

Today, KLTV 7's Dr. Ed explained why.

"There are going to be medications that I think in general, doctors are going to avoid because we know the side effects from them, we know that they are more likely to cause some trouble than other drugs, or we have good experiences from alternative drugs."

He said on this list, there are some medicines local physicans would agree to be cautious about using.

"I think east Texas doctors [are less likely to prescribe] Avandia...It's tough to justify using Celebrex when there are other options. I haven't seen anyone use Ketek in at least two years - and then pseudoephedrine because most doctors say, let's try and find alternatives to pseudoephedrine."

And for the other over-the-counter drug on the list, Visine Original, Dr. Ed said he was surprised to see it there, but agreed there are side effects.

"You get too used to using Visine...there can be a rebound effect."

He said certain compounds in Visine can lead to allergies and those with certain heart and thyroid diseases should also avoid the drug.

"Those kinds of drugs, you will see doctors use them and recommend them, but you have to do that and be careful of X, Y, and Z."

And, on the flip side Dr. Ed says the rest on the list are medicines east Texas doctors still use.

"Nexium, Prilosec, Visine...and the Advair, like I said, a fair number of physicians still use themselves. I think those are drugs that might not be as concerning for a lot of our colleagues in the area."

Dr. Ed also said the best medicine is to ask your doctor.

Danielle Capper, reporting. dcapper@kltv.com