Prescription Drugs: Veteran Cyclists NightmareAgeing goes hand in hand with systemic diseases such as, diabetes, hypertension, heart attacks, gout, arthritis, backache, cancer, neck disorders etc. The veteran cyclist is not immune from this scenario. In fact, there is little convincing, concrete evidence that exercise, for instance cycling, really can prevent systemic disorders. Yes, exercise makes you feel better and may improve the quality of your lifestyle. No, it does not influence genetic disorders. If your parents suffered from say premature heart disease, then there is a big chance that you also will fall prey to this systemic disorder. The old saying is, if you have to blame someone, then blame your parents or children!
Veteran cyclists also get sick. Your doctor may detect problems during a routine check up. Nine out of ten times some form of tablet is prescribed. Most tablets impact negatively on cycling. Here are a few examples for your information. Feel welcome to download the list. You will be given a pill, and then the side effects strike. Don't forget, a cyclist writes this, for cyclists and not by a sedentary doctor who ever exercises. You get the class of medication, then the side effects relevant to veteran cyclists and how these agents affect you. The list is compiled in a nonrandom fashion.
Diuretics. used to treat hypertension, gout, muscle ache, fatigue, low sodium and potassium,
Nsaids. Also known as anti-inflammotories used to treat aches and pains and overuse sports injuries, gastritis, heartburn, upset stomach, constipation, indigestion, bleeding ulcers, colon bleeding, abdominal pain in the epigastric region. The new cox-2 inhibitors seem to have a safer side-effect profile but are not as effective as ibuprofen. More pills are needed to still the discomfort in the joints, muscles and soft connective tissue around joints.
Statins. Also known as serum lipid-reducing agents. Used to treat elevated cholesterol. Highly effective in achieving this goal in most patients. Highly effective if combined with dieting and reduction of fatty foods. Muscle pain, cramps, general feeling of unwellness in the beginning, insomnia and constipation. Rabdomyolysis occurs rarely, but is deadly. If your muscles become sore, proceed slowly & persevere. Phone your doctor and get advice about this setback .the cramps will go away with time and if a 5-day schedule is considered. Side effects are common to all the statins on the market. The side-effect profile is about the same.
Persevere if you can.
Blood presure pills. Many doctors usually combine ace-inhibitors,
beta-blockers and diuretics to give maximum effect. Dizziness, low blood
pressure or hypo tension, backache, sore throat, weakness, asthenia, swollen
legs, heartburn, insomnia, upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea, headache and
troublesome cough, especially in males.
Aspirin. Widely prescribed to reduce risk of heart attacks and stroke in susceptible persons with risk factors, heartburn, constipation, rash, and allergy.
Arthritis pills. Constipation, rash, heartburn, stomach ulcers.
Cortisone. Thin skin, muscle weakness, osteopaenia, steroid induced-diabetes, vertebral fractures and mood changes.
Anti-acids. Used to treat acid related indigestion such as heartburn and dyspepsia.constipation.
Proton pump inhibitors. Used to treat heartburn and peptic ulcers. Constipation and insomnia.
Anti-gout preparations. Upset stomach, gastric disorders and diarrhea.
Anti-angina medications. Nifedipine. Flushing, extreme weakness, dizziness,
lightheadedness and joint pain.
Problem of pills: how they impact on cycling
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