IF you are concerned about having the Covid jab, peace of mind might come from knowing how many risks we take every day with common medicines.
Yesterday we told how the under-30s are to be offered other jabs as it emerged there is a 0.000095 per cent chance of a blood clot from the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
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Many of our everyday medicines have very rare side-effectsCredit: Getty
And writing for The Sun, Health Secretary Matt Hancock insisted the chances of getting blood clots from the jab are minuscule.
He said: “The safety system that we have around this vaccine is so sensitive that it can pick up events that are four in a million. I’m told this is about the equivalent risk of taking a long-haul flight.”
A rummage through the medicine cabinet shows everyday remedies have just as severe rare side-effects.
From painkillers to cough syrup, we check the labels of these medical staples.
There is a 0.000095 per cent chance of a blood clot from the AstraZeneca vaccineCredit: Splash
ABOUT half of all antibiotics prescribed in the UK are penicillins, according to a 2018 study in the Journal Of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.
Penicillin commonly causes vomiting and rashes, but in some cases it can induce anaphylactic shockCredit: Alamy
- Skin rash
- Breathing difficulties
- Throat swelling
- Black Hairy Tongue
- Anaphylactic shock
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, which causes full body blisters.
AROUND one billion people worldwide take aspirin, according to The Lancet.
Kidney failure and strokes are severe side-effects of aspirinCredit: PA
- Indigestion Heartburn
- Anaphylactic shock
- Inflammation of blood vessels
- Kidney failure/stroke
- Stomach ulcers
- Spontaneous bleeding cause by low platelet count
COUGH, cold and sore throat remedies generated £344million of sales in the UK in 2020, according to Statistica.
Cough syrup has been linked to low blood pressure, and in some extreme cases brain damageCredit: Getty
- Stomach upset
- Hyperthermia or an extremely high fever which can lead to brain damage, seizures, coma and death.
- Low blood pressure.
WE consume 6,300 tonnes of the painkiller paracetamol each year. In Britain, that works out at an average of 70 pills per person annually.
We consume 6,300 tonnes of paracetamol each year, but did you know it can cause liver damage?Credit: Alamy
- Chest pain
- Bodily swelling
- Heart problems
- Liver damage
- Spontaneous bleeding caused by low platelet count
WE take 1.4billion ibuprofen tablets every year, according to a 2005 UK survey.
Those taking ibuprofen probably aren’t aware of the possibility of jaundice and stomach ulcersCredit: Alamy
- Skin rash/dizziness
- Tinnitus/itching skin
- Water retention
- Constipation/abdominal pain
- Heart attack/throat ulcer
- Kidney failure/liver damage
- Internal bleeding
- Stomach ulcer
- Skin blistering
SALES of cold and flu remedies are down 49 per cent this winter due to Covid hygiene precautions.
Cold and flu tablets can lead to liver failure and large, fluid-filled blisters
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain
- Heart palpitations caused by loss of potassium
- Liver failure
- Large fluid-filled blisters
MORE than three million women in the UK are prescribed the combined Pill or mini Pill by their GP.
People taking the contraceptive pill can be susceptible to breast cancer, liver cancer and blood clotsCredit: Getty
- High blood pressure
- Weight gain
- Stomach cramps
- Blood clots
- Kidney disease
- Breast cancer
- Liver cancer
ACCORDING to the NHS, 20 per cent of us get hayfever and 65 per cent of sufferers use antihistamines.
In rare cases, antihistamines have been linked to blood disorders and extreme rashesCredit: Alamy
- Blurred vision
- Muscle weakness
- Difficulty peeing
- Haemolytic anae-mia, which destroys red blood cells
- Blood disorders
- Extreme skin rash