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August 15, 2019 by Dr. Kyle Varner in Prescriptions without Insurance , Solutions

New purposes for old drugs are discovered every day, but there’s a secret I want to share with you about new applications of old drugs because almost no one is aware of it. 

Most doctors only prescribe them for their traditional use, as newer drugs are over-advertised by uneducated drug reps who want you to be the latest cash cow.

Consequently, older drugs drop out of the game as businesses also find it harder to make a larger profit margin with them. 

What does that mean? 

Some of the newer drugs you’ve been prescribed are simply overrated. Don’t believe the hype. 

But don’t just take my word for it. According to the British Medical Journal, there are numerous low-cost generic medications, that are an untapped source of therapeutic innovation. And repurposing the use of existing licensed drugs for new medical indications has the potential to help reduce costs to you the consumer.

So let’s take a look at what else these cheaper, older drugs can do for you:

1. METFORMIN

Anti-Diabetic – Metformin is one of the best, cheapest anti-diabetic drugs. This is because it has the ability to slow down the progression of illnesses like diabetes. Metformin is also safe, cost-effective, and has been declared by many professionals as the first line of diabetes therapy. 

Alzheimer’s Prevention – Metformin is a drug that has also been shown to decrease the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It is currently the subject of massive interest for this and other related applications, with clinical trials ongoing.

Anti-Aging – The demand for anti-aging drugs continues to rise almost every year and with every generation. And although most aging-related treatment can be quite costly, metformin now offers some promise as a potential anti-aging solution

2. KETAMINE

Depression Treatment – Although ketamine is a known anesthetic, it is also a proven drug capable of treating depression. Unfortunately, ketamine has been on a very slow rollout for depression patients, even though there’s strong evidence to support its substantial benefits to those who struggle with depression. 

Migraine Treatment Migraines can truly be the bane of many people’s existence, especially for those who suffer from them frequently. 

Thankfully, ketamine is finding a niche as an excellent migraine treatment.

Ketamine can abort migraines when administered nasally, it can reduce the need for narcotics after surgery, and can also safely treat agitated delirium.

3. ASPIRIN

Esophageal and Colon Cancer Prevention – You probably know by now that aspirin, as a drug, has some potential cardiovascular benefits, as well as its possible overuse for heart attack prevention. However, that’s not the only illness it can prevent; it is now noted that aspirin has chemopreventive abilities that can be used to prevent esophageal and colon cancer, which are a great problem in America right now. 

It’s clear that all the aforementioned drugs offer a great breather to medicine, but the question then becomes: Why won’t the medical community do something fast, to sort through which patients would benefit from them and which patients wouldn’t?

The main answer: status quo bias.

The medical community is highly invested in the way things are done and is extremely risk-averse. And unfortunately, unless and until we build a culture that prizes genuine innovation, we will continue to see miracle drugs sit on the shelf, and medical progress creep along at a sluggish rate.

And no, I’m not saying that the conventional drugs have not done any good, I’m only pointing out the fact that there are other great alternatives that can be used for treatment, and that can be just as effective –and affordable too!

Information for Cancer Patients

If none of these drugs can help you reduce your illness, I strongly recommend you check out the ReDO Project, especially if you are a cancer sufferer. This site contains information of more than 270 drugs which have been repurposed and is dedicated to exploring the repurposing of low-cost generic drugs for cancer treatment.

Red Tape around Repurposing Medications

The potential for repurposing medications extends to all areas of medicine, with much activity in oncology, neurology, psychiatry, and infectious diseases. 

Developing new uses for FDA-approved drugs is much faster, cheaper, and less risky than developing new drugs, so that’s why this approach could be the single most promising avenue to deliver new medical treatments to the public. 

Conclusion

I hope that if you suffer from or want to prevent any of the aforementioned illnesses and save money in the process, that you consult with your direct primary care doctor before you get milked like a cash cow. 

Remember, knowledge is power. And the more you know, the more you can empower yourself to fight for your health –without breaking the bank.

This information is intended to help readers be more informed about their health options when speaking with a professional, but it should not be used alone to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition. Be sure to speak to a qualified doctor before taking any action to make sure that your choices reflect your actual health situation.

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