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Dangerous medications

Опасные медпрепараты

Your child fell ill and you called a doctor, received recommendations ... Do not rush to flee to the pharmacy ...

1. Actovegin, Cerebrolysin, Solcoseryl

Drugs with proven inefficiency!

2. Arbidol, Anaferon, Bioparox, Viferon, Polyoxidonium, Cycloferon, Ersefuril, Imunomax, Licopid, Isoprinosine, Primadophilus, Engistol, Imudon

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

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

All probiotics. The diagnosis of “dysbacteriosis”, completely exhibited by our pediatricians, does not exist anywhere else in the world. The prescription of prebiotics in developed countries is treated with caution.

4. Validol.

Mint sweetie, having a remote relationship to medicine. Good breath freshens. Sensing 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 to the hospital.

5. Vinpocetine and Cavinton.

Today it is not recommended for use: not a single benign study has shown any clinically significant effects. This is a substance derived from the leaves of the Vinca minor plant. The drug has been little studied. Therefore, in the United States and many other countries refers to dietary supplements, and not to drugs. $ 15 a jar for a month of admission. In Japan, withdrawn from sale due to apparent inefficiency.

6. Nootropil, Piracetam, Fezam, Aminalon, Phenibut, Pantogam, Picamilon, Instenon, Mildronat, Cinnarizin, Mexidol

Placebo drugs.

7. Wobenzyme.

Manufacturers claim that it heals, prolongs life and youth. You should not believe in a fairy tale about a miraculous preparation that has not been tested in experimental studies just because it is expensive. Pharma companies are investing hundreds of millions of dollars in drug trials, even if there is little hope that they can prove its effectiveness. It remains only to guess why these studies on wobenzyme have not been done until now. But a lot of money is invested in its advertising.

8. Glycine (amino acid) Tenathen, Enerion, Hypericum preparations, Grippol, Polyoxidonium

Drugs with unproven efficacy.


The drug is not proven effective in ARVI. Erespal in syrup is contraindicated in patients with bronchial asthma and allergies. Because of the dyes and honey flavor contained in it, it can by itself cause bronchospasm.

10. Gedelix

The effectiveness of ARVI in children, and in adults, has not been proven.

11. Dioxidin

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

12. Bioparox, Kudesan

No major research has been conducted, all articles on Pubmed are mainly of Russian origin. "Research" was conducted mainly in mice.

Biological supplements and homeopathy are not drugs!

1. Aqua Maris - (seawater)

Well, just sea water.

2. Apilak

Supplements with unproven effectiveness.

3. Novo-Passit

For a simple tincture of herbs is expensive. In promoting his product, the manufacturer actively used “individual work with key specialists and doctors.” * Positioned as an anxiolytic - a psychotropic drug that suppresses anxiety, fear, anxiety, emotional stress. The Novo-Passita complex includes a complex of liquid extracts of medicinal plants (valerian medicinal, melixa medicinal, St. John's wort, common hawthorn, passionflower incarnate (passionflower), common hop, elderberry black) Hayfenezinl. It is guaifenesin that is attributed to the anxiolytic effect of the drug. Meanwhile, guaifenesin is all just a mucolytic and cannot have an effect attributed to the drug. First of all, skip a little alcohol before bedtime - it hasn't bothered anyone yet ...

4. Omakor

Supplements with unproven effectiveness.

5. Lactusan

Supplements with unproven effectiveness.

6. Cerebrum compositum (produced by Heel GmbH), Nevrohel, Valerianohel, Gepar-compositum, Traumel, D art, Canephron, Limfomiozot, Mastodinon, Mucosa, Ubiquinone, Objective T, Echinacea, Gripp-hel, etc.

Homeopathy. they are not drugs, do not have a therapeutic effect, they have a placebo effect, i.e. reaction of waiting for the application.

7. Protargol-containing silver.

Silver belongs to substances of hazard class A along with lead, arsenic and mercury. For the sake of justice, there is a negligible amount of silver in protargole. Not recommended for the treatment of rhinitis 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 efficacy. This list is not official. This list was compiled on the basis of the Internet publications of leading experts of our country, as well as on the basis of publications of independent Internet resources and, above all, on the website of the Cochrane Community. We tried to give the most detailed descriptions of the original sources. 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, which provides drug support in the DLO program, outdated drugs with unproven efficacy - Cerebrolysin, Trimetazidine, Chondroethinsulfate, Vinpocetine, Piracetam, Fenotropil, Arbidol, Rimantadine, Validol, Inosine, Valocardin, etc., etc. over-the-counter;