The 7 Most Prescribed Drugs In The World and Their Natural Counterparts

People choose to use standard medical treatments in order to cure a certain health problem.

The statistics reveal that over 4 billion prescriptions are written every year in the USA. Painkillers are often considered as the greatest cause of accidental death. Also, it was stated that people over the last 15 years have been experiencing more body aches than ever before.

The most commonly used prescribed drugs include drugs for reducing cholesterol and pain, hypothyroidism medication, hypertension medication, diabetes drugs, and antibiotics. On one hand, these medications help you treat the symptoms of a certain health problem, but on the other hand, they come with side effects.


Check out this list of the top 7 prescribed drugs and their natural alternatives 

Hydrocodone (Oxycontin/Vicofin/Acetaminophen) 

This drug is used for reducing pain. Pharmaceutical companies pay doctors enormous amount of money to promote drugs, and this drug is the number one prescribed drug. The director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden says that doctors prescribe drugs to patients even for minor injuries.

This drug has analgesic and narcotic effect. The liver breaks down this drug into several metabolites. Hydrocodone can cause the following side effects: bradycardia, respiratory issues, seizure, coma, liver damage and cardiac arrest.

What are the natural alternatives to this drug?

Include turmeric, ginger, cayenne pepper, berries, cherries, celery, walnuts, and dark green vegetables in your daily diet.

Statins (Generic versions of Crestor/Zocor/Lipitor 

This drug is used for reducing the bad cholesterol levels. According to a study conducted by the Archives of Internal Medicine, statins increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 48%. High cholesterol levels can lead to cardiovascular diseases.

Statins block the enzyme called HMG-CoA, which produces cholesterol in the liver. Statins can cause the following side effects: acute kidney failure, inflamed muscles, cardiovascular diseases, and hormone imbalance.

What are the natural alternatives to this drug?

Include spinach, nuts, tomatoes, beans, garlic, nuts, cranberries, apples, green tea, fatty fish, fenugreek seeds in your daily diet.

Lisinopril (Zestril/Prinivil) and Norvasc (Amlodipine)

These drugs are used to reduce high blood pressure. Lisinopril is prescribed to people who are diagnosed with hypertension and congestive heart failure. Norvasc is used to treat angina and hypertension. Lisinopril acts as a calcium ion influx inhibitor, so it interferes with calcium. This drug causes the following side effects: blood disorders, impotence, tachycardia, depression, liver damage, hepatitis, and increased blood glucose levels.

What are the natural alternatives to this drug?

Consume foods which are high in vitamin C such as guavas, chili peppers, parsley, thyme, broccoli, dark leafy vegetables, then magnesium-rich foods such as dark chocolate, Brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, pumpkin, and foods high in potassium such as bananas, mushrooms, dates, oranges, and sweet potatoes.

Synthroid (levothyroxine sodium) 

This drug is used to treat hypothyroidism. Its function is to make thyroid hormone replacement. Synthroid can cause severe side effects such as heart failure, adrenal insufficiency, and coma.

What are the natural alternatives to this drug?

Consume foods which are high in iodine, iron, copper, zinc, and selenium such as kelp, seaweed, parsley, radish, eggs, Himalayan sea salt, seafood, bananas, and strawberries.

Prilosec (generic versions of Nexium/Omeprazole) 

This drug is used for treating ulcers and acid reflux. Its function is to decrease the amount of acid in the stomach. The side effects of this drug include angina, heart palpitations, irritable colon, inflammation of the pancreas, muscle weakness, inflammation of the eye, and frequent urination.

What are the natural alternatives to this drug?

Probiotics, grapefruits, Aloe Vera juice, manuka honey, broccoli, and baking soda are the natural counterparts to this drug.


This antibiotic blocks the bacterial cell walls and interferes with the protein synthesis of the good bacteria for proper digestion and immunity. The side effects of this drug include inflammation of the stomach lining and liver, inflammation of the colon, and allergic reactions.

What are the natural alternatives to this drug?

Garlic, turmeric, coconut oil, sardines, salmon, nuts, oregano oil and probiotcs.


This drug is used to treat type 2 diabetes. It works by decreasing liver glucose production. The side effects of this drug are impaired kidney and liver function, malabsorption of vitamin B12, and heart failure.

What are the natural alternatives to this drug?

Consume black tea, turmeric, nuts, apple cider vinegar, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, green beans, and spinach regularly.




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