I just saw a commercial for a new migraine medicine called Treximet. It is apparently the hottest new thing for bad headaches. The first side effect mentioned by the voice-over sounds just a little bit extreme, though. “Side effects may include sudden fatal heart attack …”

Call me crazy, but I can’t imagine getting headaches so bad that they make death seem like an acceptable risk. And do they really need to continue with the other side effects after that? If a potential patient is not worried about maybe suffering a sudden fatal heart attack, how is a “severe rash” going to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back? “It might kill me? Well that’s okay, but … wait … a rash? Oh, hell no. That’s too risky.”

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