The 7 Most Prescribed Drugs In The World & Their Natural Counterparts

We really do not have to live in a overly-medicated world, but we choose to. 

The problem is that we refuse to take initiative and think about prevention of health problems, before its too late. We all just want a quick healing so we can continue on with our poor choices. We can put blame on medical institutions, doctors and the healthcare system all we want, but it is self-responsibility that is our solution to this mess. 

There is no excuse(s) if you are taking any of these drugs. Consult with a Natural Health Practitioner about weaning off your medication and substituting it with these powerful and healthy, natural foods and remedies. 

Out of the 4 billion prescriptions written each year, the United States and Canada compile up to more than 80% of the world’s prescription opioids (psychoactive medications). Between the years of 1997 and 2012, prescription opioids had increased by 500% in dosages. Medical errors and Pharmaceuticals are now a leading cause of death, while painkillers are the leading cause in accidental deaths. 

For the past 15 years, people have experienced pain for much longer periods than any point in history. If you think our life expectancy has increased at all, then you aren’t looking at the numbers. About 78% of prescriptions written in the United States in 2010, were for generic prescriptions (brand or non-brand). The most commonly prescribed drugs aren’t always the best drugs, there’s a big difference. Prescriptions for cholesterol reduction, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, pain, antipsychotics, antibiotics and diabetes make up 100% of the most common prescribed drugs. 

Enter yourself into a personal commitment and add in some natural food to your diet. When you do go through with this, you will be off prescription medication forever. Check out these 7 top prescribed drugs and the remedies you can use to treat and prevent disease. 

1. HYDROCODONE (Acetaminophen/Vicodin/Oxycontin)

Use: For Pain 

Currently, this is a commonly prescribed drug in the world. More and more doctors are getting huge payouts from pharmaceutical companies to promote hydrocodone, especially generic drugs. They make up more than 20% of the top prescribed medications.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told Fox News that doctors are handing out narcotics like candy. Some doctors are giving patients prescriptions for narcotics for even minor injuries.

How it Works: 

It is an orally psychoactive compound that works as a narcotic and analgesic. It is biotransformed by the liver into several metabolites. It is highly dependent on metabolism by the CytochromeP450 pathway.


Respiratory depression; bradycardia; coma; seizures; cardiac arrest; liver damage; and death. Inherited genes such as the Cytochrome P450 affects metabolic pathways–some cannot process it at all, whereas a smaller percentage can get even more strength from it than usual.

Natural Foods: 

Ginger, turmeric, berries, cayenne pepper, celery/celery seeds, cherries, dark green veggies, walnuts.

2. STATINS (Generic versions of Lipitor/Zocor/Crestor)

Use: Reduction of LDL Cholesterol

15% of prescribed medications are generic statins. A study published in January 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine linked statins to a 48% increased risk for type-2 diabetes.The are NO scientific studies ever documented which have proved through causation that lowering LDL cholesterol prevents disease.

How it Works: 

Statins artificially lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting a critical enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which plays a role in the production of cholesterol in the liver.


Inflammation and pathological breakdown of muscle, acute kidney failure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, interference with sex hormones and death.

Natural Foods:

Nuts, spinach, apples, turmeric, cranberries, tomatoes, green tea, fatty fish, beans, alfalfa herb, capsicum fruit, garlic, psyllium, fenugreek seeds, butcher’s broom, licorice root, hawthorn berry.

3. LISINOPRIL (Prinivil/Zestril) AND NORVASC (Amlodipine)

Use: Reduction of High Blood Pressure

In combination, Lisinopril and Norvasc make up 23% of the list in top prescribed medications. This makes them the most prescribed generic medications (if combined) for cardiovascular disease and blood pressure. Lisinopril constitutes approximately 14% and Norvasc around 9%.

How it Works: 

Lisinopril is used in the treatment for hypertension, congestive heart failure, and heart attacks. Norvasc is used for hypertension and angina. It does this by preventing the influx of calcium ions into vascular smooth muscle and cardiac muscle so it essentially interferes with the metabolism of calcium.


Cancer, blood disorders, development of breasts in men, impotence, depression, tachycardia, enlargement of gums, inflammation of the liver, elevated blood glucose, hepatitis, life threatening skin conditions.

Natural Foods:

Foods that are high in vitamin C (chili peppers, bell peppers, parsley, guavas, dark leafy greens, thyme, broccoli), any foods high in magnesium (chocolate, green leafy vegetables, Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, blackstrap molasses, pumpkin and squash seeds, pine nuts, and black walnuts) and any foods high in potassium (mushrooms, bananas, dark green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, oranges and dates). Coconut oil and water, with CoQ10 are very effective in lowering your blood pressure.

4. SYNTHROID (levothyroxine sodium)

Use: Hypothyroidism

A synthetic form of the thyroid hormone thyroxine, generic Synthroid makes up more than 11% of the top prescribed medications. It’s used to treat hypothyroidism. The drug dextrothyroxine (D-thyroxine) was used in the past as a treatment for high cholesterol but was taken off shelves due to cardiac side-effects.

How it Works: 

It replaces the thyroid hormone which naturally occurs in the thyroid gland, halting natural production.


Long-term suppression of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) causes cardiac side-effects and contributes to decreases in bone mineral density (high TSH levels are also well known to contributes to osteoporosis.) May also cause elevated blood glucose levels, heart failure, coma and adrenal insufficiency. TSH influences the process of iodine trapping and thyroid hormone production. Use of synthroid affects how the body metabolizes iodine.

Natural Foods:

Foods containing iodine such as seaweed, kelp, radish, parsley, fish, seafood, eggs, bananas, cranberries, strawberries, himalayan crystal salt. Also, copper, iron, selenium and zinc are important in the production of thyroid hormones. Exercise a minimum of 20-30 minutes per day.

5. PRILOSEC (omeprazole/generic versions of nexium)

Use: Antacid

A proton pump inhibitor which constitutes just over 8% of the top prescribed medications. Omeprazole is one of the most widely prescribed drugs for reflux disease (GORD/GERD/LPR) and ulcers internationally and is available over the counter in some countries.

How it Works: 

It suppresses gastric acid secretion by specific inhibition of the gastric acid ions in cells. The absorption of omeprazole happens in the small intestine by turning off the switch which promotes healthy digestion of foods. Omeprazole is also completely metabolized by the cytochrome P450 system.


Angina, ulcers, tachycardia, bradycardia, palpitations, elevated blood pressure, development of male breasts, inflammation of the pancreas, irritable colon, mucosal atrophy of the tongue, liver disease/failure, elevated blood sugar, muscle weakness, skin conditions, tinnitus, inflammation of the eyes, urinary frequency, testicular pain, anemia and blood cell disorders.

Natural Foods:

Grapefruits, probiotics, broccoli sprouts, manuka honey, mastic gum, marshmallow tea, glutamine, slippery elm, deglycyrrhized liquorice (DGL), aloe vera juice, baking soda, pickle juice.


Use: Antibiotic

Azithromycin and Amoxicillin contribute towards a shocking 17% of the top prescribed medications. We wonder why we have antibiotic resistance. On their own, each contributes about 8.5%. Azithromycin is one of the world’s best-selling antibiotics and derived from erythromycin. Amoxicillin is the common drug of choice for children.

How it Works: 

Prevent the synthesis of bacterial cell walls and interfering with their protein synthesis. These drugs also inhibit the protein synthesis of good bacteria needed for immunity and proper digestion.


Inflammation of the liver, inflammation and destruction of the stomach lining, destruction of healthy bacterial populations, inflammation of the colon, allergic reactions, obesity, human antibiotic resistance.

Natural Foods:

Sunlight (vit D), garlic, coconut oil, turmeric, foods high in nicotinamide (vit B3) such as salmon, sardines and nuts. Also manuka honey, olive leaf extract, green tea, pau D’Arco, rose water, myrrh, grapeseed extract, golden seal, oregon grapes, oregano oil, andrographis paniculata, and probiotics.

7. GLUCOPHAGE (metformin)

Use: Oral anti-diabetic drug

Glucophage drugs round up the top 7 but the prescription rate of this drug is quickly increasing. It takes up 7% of the top prescribed medications. It is the first drug of choice for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, in overweight and obese people. It also acts to lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

How it Works: 

By suppressing natural glucose production by the liver, the drug activates an enzyme which plays an essential role in insulin signaling, whole body energy balance, and the metabolism of glucose and fats.


Lactic acidosis, impaired liver/kidney function, decreasing thyroid stimulating hormone and testosterone, increased homocysteine levels, malabsorption of vitamin B12, B12 deficiency, bladder cancer, heart failure. The biggest consequence of diabetes drugs is that it causes pancreatic function to substantially decrease inhibiting several hormones and causing other imbalances which are never correctable without abstaining from the drug.

Natural Foods:

Black tea, Sunlight (vit D), potentially coffee (more research needed), turmeric, nuts, chia seeds, green leafy vegetables, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, red grapes, steel cut oatmeal, broccoli, spinach, green beans and strawberries. 90% of all cases of diabetes can be treated by consuming foods with a low-glycemic load, and pursuing both aerobic exercise and weight training. 

The prescription drugs we spend the most money on are those that are new, and are protected from generic competition.

This is exactly why prescription drugs like Seroquel (antipsychotics), Abilify, Plavix (blood thinner) and Advair Diskus (asthma inhaler) don’t make it onto the list. 

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