Sept. 20, 2022 – Prescription medications have been making headlines recently, with many common drugs currently facing shortages. Sometimes, however, something other than a supply chain issue makes doctors reluctant to pull out their prescription pads. “The worst thing about being a doctor is having to prescribe medications that really aren’t effective, and have very bad side effects,” Tonny Benjamin, MD, tells Best Life. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved more than 20,000 prescription drugs for marketing, so it stands to reason that not every doctor is a fan of every medication. Read on to read about five popular medications your doctor may be hesitant to prescribe—and why they wish they never had to.