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10 Medications With Peculiar Animal Ingredients

Updated on September 17, 2019
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Patti Mauree is Health and Lifestyle blogger who is passionate about health and wellness. She enjoys living a chemical-free lifestyle

1. Premarin is made from Horse Urine

Premarin is a woman hormonal replacement drug. Premarin helps woman balances their estrogen hormone levels in their body. Horse urine comes from pregnant female horses which are called mares. The female horses or mares are said to contact high amounts of estrogen in their urine, hence the main ingredient in most hormonal replacement drugs. The other brands in which carry horse’s urine in the ingredients are PremPro and PremPhase and Duavee.[1]

There are 17 side effects and 11 more serious side effects. I wonder if this works since it has so many side effects. I would think the bad outweighs the good. Two of the side effects are increased hair growth and loss of scalp hair? So, in other words, you will grow hair, and lose the hair that you have at the same time. Now, we shed hair and grow hair at the same time anyway, though I am wondering with this drug, will you be shedding your old hair more often, or will you be shedding your new hair growth from the drug? Therefore, it wouldn’t be technically growing any hair, you would be just losing the new growth.

Premarin has a lot of issues with your stomach such as nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps, upset stomach, not to mention headaches, dizziness, feeling tired, weight and/or appetite changes. Vagina issues such as discharge, itching while also causing menstrual cycle changes, sex drive decrease, swelling or tenderness of the breast, nervousness. Your facial skin may get darker or have freckles while drying out your eyes if you use contact lenses. The more serious cases in which the manufacturer recommends seeing a physician are far worse than the normal side effects but are but stem from the normal side effects.[2]

2. Orgaran generic name Danaparoid is made from porcine - pig-like intestinal mucous.

Orgaran which is similar the Heparin, an anticoagulant for patients. Orgaran or Danaparoid is for the prevention of DVT or deep vein thrombosis, better known as blood clots. The name for the source is porcine also known as pig-like. It is not specifically why it is named "porcine - pig-like" if the mucous is truly coming from one source, a pig. Why wouldn’t it be named pig intestinal mucous? I wonder if it is a combination of "pig-like or porcine" animal intestinal mucous therefore it is called just porcine. I wonder how many different animal intestinal mucous forms are in this medication.

The side effects are hemorrhaging, bruising, sensitivity at the site of injection with redness.[3]

Fifteen medications use porcine for their ingredients, three of which are live vaccines.[4]

3. Varivax made with fetus cow blood, better known as cow protein.

Varivax is a LIVE vaccine giving by injection to prevent chickenpox. The protein is harvested during the slaughter of pregnant cows, by puncturing the fetus (baby) cardiac (heart) wall with no anesthesia, extracting the fetus blood. The scientific name is fetus bovine serum.[5]

The fetus bovine serum (protein) can cause an allergic reaction to individuals. Varivax or varicella if taken causes pain and swelling at the site of the injection, fever, swelling, joints become stiff. Rare side effects include seizures and pneumonia.[6]

4. Puregon made from Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells.

Puregon better known as its generic name Follitropin beta is for females with infertility issues, especially those women to whom are not producing eggs and unable to produce a baby. Puregon can also be used for males to increase sperm count to produce a baby.[7]

An individual may have diarrhea, weight gain or just overall feeling sick as possible side effects.

5. Byetta made from Saliva of Gila Monster Lizard

Byetta generic name Exenatide considered synthetic form from the saliva of the Gila monster lizard.

Byetta is used for type 2 diabetes and not recommended highly for use as insulin or with type 1 diabetes symptoms. Byetta is an injection. A lizard’s saliva reducing type 2 diabetes! One could say, a lizard kissed their diabetes away! [8] The Lizard has hormones which almost mimic those of a human digestive system. Thus, lowers high blood sugar.[9]

Byetta does, unfortunately, come with side effects such as vomiting, nausea, abdominal distention, constipation, gas, allergic reaction at the site of injection. One can experience kidney and urinary issues, along with skin issues, not to mention inflamed pancreas which may cause death.[10]

6. Novoseven is made in baby hamster kidney cells

Novoseven generic Eptacog alfa.

Novoseven is made for the treatment of congenital hemophilia. Congenital hemophilia is a bleeding disorder in which is said to be inherited.

The hamster kidney cells are said to be compatible with that to human plasma cells.[11] Novoseven acts as a blood stopper. So, if there is a bleed within the body it will find it and stop it. Yet, in the process, it can cause thrombosis (blood clots).[12]

7. Trypsin is made from pig pancreas and intestines.

Trypsin is considered a digestive enzyme that is made in the intestines of animals.[13] Tyrpsin is not only found in animals in general but also in fish, insects, and mammals. Tyrpsin is found in all these different animals kingdoms, though they are not all the same amounts and are different types of trypsin.[14]

Trypsin has been used in clinical studies with other enzymes, but not by itself. Tyrpsin has no record of any side effects thus far.[15]

8. Prialt made from the marine cone snail

Prialt generic name Ziconotide.

Prialt is for chronic pain. Prialt is more effective than morphine. Prialt can only be administered through infusion process and administered through the spinal fluid. The injection via the vein can cause issues. The infusion process is a controlled and timed amount via an infusion pump for correct pain management.[16]

Eight disorder categories touch absolutely every system in the body. Those disorder categories consist and not limited to eyes issues diplopia, visual disturbance, gastrointestinal issues abdominal pain, constipation, dry mouth, nausea aggravated, falling, fatigue, muscle issues muscle cramp, muscle weakness, myalgia, pain in limb, eating issues, psychiatric issues agitation, anxiety, cognitive disorder, confusional state, depression, depression aggravated, disorientation, hallucination, hallucination auditory, hallucination visual, insomnia, irritability, mood disorder, nervousness, paranoia, urinary issues dysuria, urinary hesitation, hypotension, nervous issues aphasia, areflexia, balance impaired, burning sensation, coordination abnormal, disturbance in attention, dizziness postural, dysarthria, dysgeusia, hypoaesthesia, mental impairment, paraesthesia, sedation, speech disorder. Prialt-Ziconotide causes a lot of different issues and in some cases has caused inflammation in the body and kidney failure, respiratory failure, and convulsions just to name a few.[17]

9. Chondroitin is made from shark and cow cartilage.

Chondroitin is for cataracts and osteoarthritis. Chondroitin is taken when the cartilage in the human body breaks down causing issues. The patient can take Chondroitin by the mouth, administered in the eye, topically or injection to improve the cartilage by delaying the breakdown within the body.

Chondroitin does come with side effects. Chondroitin can play havoc on your stomach with nausea, stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Not to mention headache, swollen eyelids, leg swelling, hair loss, skin rash, and irregular heartbeat. Chondroitin is mentioned to be safe to take by mouth for up to 6 years though reports have said it may increase chances of prostate cancer. The warnings suggest there is not enough research, therefore, it is suggested to not consume Chondroitin if you have prostate cancer currently or in the past. But it does have a low chance of animal disease transferred to humans while taking Chondroitin. [18]

10. Saizen made from mouse cells

Saizen generic name Somatropin..

Saizen is for human pituitary growth hormone. Saizen is given to patients that are children and adults with low counts of their growth hormone.

Unfortunately, Saizen comes with a large number of side effects, one of which does cause death in children with severe illnesses and Prader-Willi syndrome. Though Saizen is not meant for long-time use for those with Prader-Willi syndrome due to genetics. Death side effects have been reported by patients that have not only the growth hormone deficiency but other health issues that are said to have had also caused the deaths in the children and place them at a higher risk by taking the medication Saizen.[19]


Animal uses in medication has been reported as early as the 1500s. Pharmaceutical companies have utilized animals in medications for a long time and continue to research and use animals within medications.[20]

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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