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Hazardous Medications

Опасные медпрепараты

Your child got sick and you called a doctor, got recommendations ... Take your time to run to the pharmacy ...

1. Actovegin, Cerebrolysin, Solcoseryl

Drugs with proven inefficiency!

2. Arbidol, Anaferon, Bioparox, Viferon, Polyoxidonium, Cycloferon, Ersefuril, Imunomaks, Likopid, Isoprinosine, Primadofilius, Engystol, Imudon

Immunomodulators with unproven efficacy. Are expensive. The studies do not give reason to consider arbidol as a drug with proven activity in the trials for the treatment of colds, including influenza. Researchers from abroad are not really interested in this drug.

3. Bifidobacterin, Bifiform, Linex, Hilak Forte, Primadofilus, etc.

All probiotics. The diagnosis of “dysbacteriosis", put up by our pediatricians, no longer exists anywhere in the world. The use of prebiotics in developed countries is treated with caution.

4. Validol.

Peppermint sweet, remotely related to medicine. It freshens your breath well. Having felt pain in the heart, a person puts validol under the tongue instead of nitroglycerin, which is obligatory in such situations, and leaves with a heart attack for the hospital.

5. Vinpocetine and Quinton.

Today it is not recommended for use: not a single benign study of clinically significant effects has been revealed in it. This substance is obtained from the leaves of the plant Vinca minor. The drug is poorly understood. Therefore, in the United States and many other countries refers to dietary supplements, and not to medicines. $ 15 jar for the month of admission. Discontinued in Japan due to sheer inefficiency.

6. Nootropil, Piracetam, Fezam, Aminalon, Phenibut, Pantogam, Picamilon, Instenon, Mildronate, Cinnarizine, Mexidol

Placebo drugs.

7. Wobenzym.

Manufacturers claim that it heals, prolongs life and youth. Do not believe in a fairy tale about a miraculous drug that has not been tested in experimental studies just because it is expensive. Pharmaceutical companies are investing hundreds of millions of dollars in drug trials, even if there is little hope that they will be able to prove its effectiveness. One can only guess why these studies on Wobenzym have not been done so far. But a lot of money is invested in his advertising.

8. Glycine (amino acid) Tenaten, Enerion, St. John's wort preparations, Grippol, Polyoxidonium

Drugs with unproven effectiveness.


The drug has not proved its effectiveness in acute respiratory viral infections. Erespal in syrup is contraindicated in patients with bronchial asthma and allergies. Due to the dyes and honey flavor contained in it, it can itself provoke bronchospasm.

10 Gedelix

Effectiveness in acute respiratory viral infections in children, and in adults, has not been proven.


Contraindicated in children due to high toxicity. It is extremely careful to prescribe to adults with a disease of the nose and paranasal sinuses. In case of ear disease, use caution in case of damage to the eardrum.

12. Bioparox, Kudesan

No major studies have been conducted, all articles on Pubmed are mainly of Russian origin. "Research" was carried out mainly on mice.

Biological supplements and homeopathy are not medicines!

1. Aqua maris - (sea water)

Well, just sea water.

2. Apilak

Supplements with unproven effectiveness.

3. New Passit

For a simple tincture of herbs is expensive. In promoting its product, the manufacturer actively used “individual work with key specialists and doctors.” * It is positioned as an anxiolytic, a psychotropic drug that suppresses anxiety, fear, anxiety, and emotional stress. The composition of Novo-Passit includes a complex of liquid extracts of medicinal plants (Valerian officinalis, Melissa officinalis, perforated St. John's wort, common hawthorn, Passiflora incarnata (passionflower), ordinary hop, black elderberry) haifenesinl. Guaifenesin is attributed to the anxiolytic effect of the drug. Meanwhile, guaifenesin is only a mucolytic and cannot have an effect that is attributed to the drug. But let's skip a little alcohol before bedtime - no one bothered ...

4. Omacor

Supplements with unproven effectiveness.

5. Lactusan

Supplements with unproven effectiveness.

6. Cerebrum compositum (produced by Heel GmbH), Neurohel, Valerianochel, Hepar compositum, Traumeel, D art, Kanefron, Lymphomyozot, Mastodinon, Mukosa, Ubiquinon, Target T, Echinacea, Flu-hel, etc.

Homeopathy. they are not medicinal products, they do not have a therapeutic effect, they have a placebo effect, i.e. reaction expectations for the application.

7.Protargol-preparation containing silver.

Silver belongs to hazard class A substances along with lead, arsenic and mercury. In fairness, there is a tiny amount of silver in the protargol. Not recommended for the treatment of the common cold in children.

The lack of a modern official definition and list of ineffective drugs does not remove the relevance of this problem. We tried to independently compile a list of drugs with unproven effectiveness. This list is not official. This list was compiled on the basis of Internet publications of leading experts of our country, as well as on the basis of publications of independent Internet resources and primarily on the site of the Cochrane community. We tried to give the most detailed descriptions from the source. Work on it continues, and it may contain inaccuracies.

From the resolution of the Meeting of the Presidium of the Formulary Committee of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences of March 16, 2007

Immediately remove from the list of drugs that provide drug support in the DLO program, obsolete drugs with unproven effectiveness - cerebrolysin, trimethazidine, chondroetinsulfate, vinpocetine, piracetam, phenotropil, arbidol, rimantadine, validol, inosine, valocardine, etc., including over-the-counter;