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7Pemoline (Acting on Liver) – Medications Banned in USA

It’s used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Pemoline (Cylert) is considered second line therapy for ADHD because of its association with life threatening hepatic failure. Several Agencies has concluded that the overall risk of liver toxicity from and pemoline (Cylert) products outweighs the benefits of this drug. Abbott chose to stop sales and marketing of Pemoline from U.S. market in Mar, 2005.

In rare cases, pemoline has caused severe liver damage resulting in death or liver transplant. It’s symptoms include high risk of liver toxicity risk and has been withdrawn in the United States. However, it is not discontinued in India.

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Brand: Cylert, 30 years on the market

Use: Central nervous system stimulant to treat ADHD/ADD

Manufacturer: Abbott Laboratories 1975 to Oct. 2010

8Thioridazine (Drug Acting on Brain)

Thioridazine (thioridazine hydrochloride) is an antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia. This medication is used to treat certain mental disorders. This medication helps you to think more clearly, take part in everyday life, and feel less nervous.

Its side effects include eye damage, arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms), neuroleptic malignant syndrome where the patient suffers from high temperature and muscle rigidity. It continues to be available in India.

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Common Name: Mellaril

In total, the CDSCO has issued a drug alert for 60 medicines, including anti-allergic Cetirizine, painkiller Combiflam, anti-cold D Cold Total, and drugs containing antibiotics ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin, as they failed different quality tests in March 2017, the Indian Express noted.

Among this long list of medications banned in USA, and other countries, there are some commonly used drugs like  Enteroquinal, Ciza and Syspride, (acidity and constipation), and Buclizine (appetite stimulant), all of them are still being sold in Indian market. According to The Economic Times, antidepressant Droperidol has serious side effects only when given more than specific dosages.

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Vicks VapoRub is NOT banned in America or by WHO, but it is important to use it as per the instructions, especially for babies. If you do not use it as per the instructions, there are certain negative effects associated with the usage of Vicks Vaporub.

Published: 09/08/2016
Last Medical Review: 30/03/2018
Last Updated: 07/07/2018

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