From Cheeks to Chest

Preparation H, the topical medication some unfortunate souls use to treat hemorrhoids, has more uses than you can shake a stick at, apparently. Because the ointment shrinks blood vessels to relieve swelling, the stuff is a miracle for puffy eyes. But dudes have a different use for it: slathering Preparation H on their chests to make themselves look more ripped.

Body builders have been known to use the ointment to help with “problem areas” before competitions; but don't go thinking this is endorsed by the company. No, no! A spokeswoman with Wyeth Consumer Healthcare, the maker of Preparation H, told the company doesn't approve or endorse off-label uses for the drug. Typical.

Some docs say the drug can cause uncomfortable side effects such as rashes, as well as more serious side effects such as elevated blood pressure. Eh; those risks pale in comparison to some ointmented-up chest muscles. Right?

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