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10 useless drugs that you take (updated list of 2016)

Список самых бесполезных лекарств

This list was compiled mainly to draw attention to this problem of practicing doctors and those professionals who are directly involved in the supply of medical institutions.

Major drug manufacturers have long been aware that in order to successfully sell a particular drug it is not necessary that it have healing properties. They are much more profitable to invest in advertising and in the promotion of drugs than in their clinical trials. First of all, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that in our country huge amounts of money are being thrown on “medicines”, the effectiveness of which has not been proven by reliable clinical trials.

And even if in the course of the research the inefficiency of the drugs was proved, many of them, thanks to the efforts of the pharmaceutical companies, continue to be prescribed by doctors on a huge scale.

1.Aktovegin, 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 jar per 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 In Japan, withdrawn from sale due to apparent inefficiency.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.

In the list of the most useless drugs, scientists assign the first place to aktovegin . Doctors prescribe it to all consecutive - pregnant women and women in labor, for the treatment of burns, rehabilitation after heart attacks and strokes.

It contains an extract from the blood of calves, which allegedly contributes to the saturation of human cells with oxygen and its overall recovery. But data on clinical trials of this drug is not. Actovegin is generally banned in the US and Europe.

It is sold exclusively in the CIS countries, China and South Korea. In Ukraine, this medicine is in the top 5 best-selling. At the same time, doctors do not warn that the use of aktovegin is associated with the risk of picking up spongiform encephalitis, the carrier of which may be contained in raw material - calf blood.

Another medicine "dummy" - Cerebrolysin , which is prescribed to patients with disorders of the central nervous system.

Meanwhile, in 2010, one of the most reputable organizations in the world, the Cochrane Collaboration, published the results of a clinical trial of Cerebrolysin, which states that this medication did not help any of the focus group patients.

Various immunomodulators ( arbidol, alfaron, kagotsel, ingaron, etc. ), which are actively prescribed by doctors for the treatment of influenza, are considered absolutely useless.

The conducted clinical trials show that patients taking immunity stimulants recovered in the same way as those treated with folk remedies - tea with lemon and herbs.

Moreover, there is an opinion that immunomodulators not only do not help, but can also harm the body, triggering a disorder of the immune system.

A myth that helps pharmacists make good money is stories about the therapeutic effect of probiotics ( bifidumbacterin, Linex ), which should treat intestinal dysbacteriosis.

But, according to experts, their effectiveness is zero. According to the manufacturers, one capsule of the same linex contains at least 12 million live lactic acid bacteria.

The same can be obtained by consuming the daily rate of kefir. In addition, up to half of the beneficial microorganisms are killed in the production process.

Hepatoprotectors (preparations for restoring the liver) - Essentiale, livolin, etc., have a similar effect on the body . Manufacturers have not provided convincing data on the effectiveness of these drugs.

It turns out that even the old and beloved medicines from our grandmothers for the heart do not cure.

Corvalol , which contains a potent agent, phenobarbital , does not affect the course and outcome of cardiovascular diseases, but it accumulates in the tissues of the body, eventually destroying them. Phenobarbital is banned in most developed countries.

Valocordinum contains psychotropic components - ethyl ether and the same phenobarbital, therefore it can only have a slight sedative effect.

The benefit of mezim forte , which is recommended for improving digestion, is highly doubtful. In the preparation, there is no enteric-soluble shell, because of which enzymes are dissolved by the acid in the stomach and as a result do not give any effect.

Our doctors also exaggerate the curative effect of the sedative new passit .

In fact, it is a set of herbs gently acting on the body, which is sold at an exorbitant price.