Some Medical Ironies

* Anti-histamines, the drugs commonly used to treat allergy, can themselves cause an allergic reaction in certain people.

* Ciprofloxacin, the antibiotic used to treat 'traveller's diarrhea' can itself cause diarrhea as a side-effect.

* Some drugs used in the chemotherapy for cancer (such as Alkylating agents) are so toxic that they themselves can cause the development of secondary cancers.

* Anti-arrythmic drugs, used to treat the arrythmias (abnormal beatings) of heart, have the capability of producing arrythmias.

Comments

M. Umer Toor said…
are they truly 'ironies'?
Awais said…
I don't understand the question? Are you asking whether this is a correct usage of the term 'irony'?
Awais said…
I used it loosely as an approximation of the following meaning:

"Irony of situation involves an incongruity between what is expected or intended and what actually occurs."

http://grammar.about.com/od/il/g/ironyterm.htm
Abdul Sami said…
basically every medicine can cause what it cures as a side-effect... plus a million others...

though i suggest u stop readin the 'sides' of medicine boxes :D
misspecs said…
I've never head that anti histamine one before.

Ironical indeed.