Monday, April 4, 2011

Niaspan Intervention Parody

This is a spoof on those Niaspan ads from Abbott Labs. In the actual commercials, a family member speaks to an off-camera sibling in such a way as to suggest an intervention. Abbott Labs is implying that the refusal to take their medication is behavior that is as bad as drug addiction or alcohol abuse. Niaspan is really just a high dosage of time released Vitamin B-3 (Niacin) with a fancy pharmaceutical label slapped on it. And, while it may indeed have some benefits in reducing arterial plaque, comparing someone's refusal to take it to some kind of addictive complex is stupid and irresponsible. But, we've come to expect that sort of thing from the drug companies.

I have a small personal involvement with Niaspan. I was on Niaspan a number of years ago and would often wake up in the middle of the night with my skin burning, glowing red like a lobster and itching like a heroin addict. I began to believe that the side effects were being outweighed by any benefits I was getting from Niaspan. In the end, I just changed my diet and exercised more and was able to achieve the same results as I had gotten when I was taking Niaspan.


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