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February 26, 2011

Drug Technical Advisory Council bans 3 Popular Drugs!

Three popular drugs Gatifloxacine, Tesagerod & Deanxit 've been banned by drug council DTAB, for their side effects on patients. The decision to ban the three medicines was taken at a meeting of the Drug Technical Advisory Council (DTAB).

Gatifloxacine is an antibiotic which is used to shoot up & also dip blood sugar levels. Gatifloxacine is sold under the brand names Gatiflo, Tequin & Zymar. While in the United Kingdom & United States, there is a caution against using the drug, it is not banned there.

Dr Anoop Misra, senior diabetes specialist and former Head of the Department of medicine at AIIMS said "The drug causes high blood sugar levels in 10% of cases. The side effect is not life threatening but since there are alternatives available, they need not be prescribed."

According to him, the problem is that most of the clinicians keep prescribing the medicine without knowing the side effects. Tesagerod, on the other hand, is used to relieve abdominal discomfort, bloating & constipation associated with irritable bowel syndrome while Deanxit is used to treat depression. Headaches, diarrhea, flatulence & nausea are the common side effects of associated with Tesagerod. It has been banned across the world as it showed a ten-fold increase in heart attacks. The move to ban the drugs has come soon after the ban on Nimesulide by the DTAB.

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