10 Disgusting Potential Drug Side Effects

MARCH 15, 2016

While medications can cure what ails your patients, they can also be associated with side effects.
Because every patient is different, how a particular body reacts to a medication can determine the severity of potential side effects, or whether there are any at all. The side effects associated with some prescription and OTC drugs can be uncomfortable and even disgusting.
The following are 10 gross potential side effects and the prescription drugs that may cause them.
1. Gynecomastia
Finasteride (Propecia), a powerful drug used to prevent hair loss, can cause men to develop enlarged breasts and sometimes nipple discharge. Luckily, surgery can reverse these effects, but they still may become permanent.
2. Discolored Urine
A number of drugs may cause a rainbow-like variety of urine colors.
  • Metronidazole (Flagyl), furazolidone, and several other antibiotics can result in black urine.
  • Phenolphthalein, a laxative, can result in purple urine.
  • Amitriptyline hydrochloride (Elavil), an antidepressant, and methocarbamol (Robaxin), a muscle relaxant, can cause green urine.
  • Triamterene (Dyrenium), a diuretic, can cause blue urine.

Alex Barker, PharmD
Alex Barker, PharmD
Alex Barker is the founder of The Happy PharmD, which helps pharmacists create an inspiring career, break free from the mundane "pill-flipping" life. He is a Full-time Pharmacist, Media Company founder, franchise owner, Business Coach, Speaker, and Author. He's also the Founder of Pharmacy School HQ, which helps students get into pharmacy school and become residents.