A person suffering from a health condition, minor or severe, expects the medication prescribed to him by his doctor to effectively treat his symptoms and not expose him to any further danger. However, many drugs on the market today have been shown to cause significant harm to a consumer, and in some cases the drug’s potential for harm may even outweigh the possible benefits of the medication. You may wonder then, why people continue to take these drugs. Most often, it is because consumers are simply unaware of the risks they are exposing themselves to by merely taking their medication. People assume that if a medicine is produced by a drug manufacturing company and approved by the Food and Drug Administration, it must be safe to take. Unfortunately, many drugs currently on the market have the potential to cause significant, life-altering harm, including catastrophic side effects, horrible diseases and fatal birth defects in infants exposed to the drug during pregnancy.
Anyone that has been inflicted with a severe injury, life threatening disease or side effect that has change the course of their life due to a prescription drug needs to evaluate if they should sue the drug manufacturer that caused their injury.
Even when a drug company introduces a new medication designed to treat a disease or medical condition, their products often do more harm than good, putting patients at risk for a long list of side effects, some even more severe than the patient’s initial illness. Actos, for example, was developed as a treatment for type 2 diabetes, and has been used by millions of Americans in combination with diet and exercise to lower blood glucose levels. However, studies published over the past several years have identified Actos use as a risk factor for a host of potentially life-threatening side effects, including heart disease, heart failure and bladder cancer.
The real trouble though, comes when drug manufacturing companies become aware of a connection between their products and side effects, like bladder cancer and heart disease, and choose to withhold this information from the public. Far too often, big corporations choose profits over people’s lives, deciding that it serves them better to protect their bottom line rather than the safety and well-being of the consumers using their products. It’s in situations like these that it is most important to hold drug companies responsible for their deceptive actions and help injured consumers pursue the compensation they deserve.
The bottom line is this: no matter how safe a prescription or over-the-counter drug seems, no medication is 100% free of side effects. Even Tylenol (acetaminophen), a pain reliever that can be found in virtually every medicine cabinet in the country, has been linked to serious complications like liver injury and liver failure, and the FDA has issued numerous warnings identifying acetaminophen overdose as a leading cause of liver failure in the United States. No matter what the situation, the key is knowing your rights and having the courage to stand up to the corporation that has done you harm, with an experienced drug injury lawyer on your side.
ACTOS: Actos is one of the most widely-used diabetes medications on the market, but years of research has shown that the controversial drug may put users at risk for severe complications like heart failure, heart disease and bladder cancer.
AVELOX: Antibiotic drugs like Avelox are prescribed to millions of patients suffering from bacterial infections, but few people know that Avelox has been linked to life-changing side effects like peripheral neuropathy possibly leading to permanent nerve damage.
BENICAR: Benicar is a blood pressure drug used to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack in some patients, by keeping blood vessels from narrowing and improving blood flow. However, studies have shown that Benicar users may face an increased risk of chronic diarrhea, sprue-like enteropathy and intestinal damage.
CIPRO: Cipro is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic medication commonly used to treat bacterial infections, and which has been tied to severe complications like peripheral neuropathy, nerve damage and paralysis in patients.
DEPAKOTE: Depakote is an anticonvulsant drug commonly prescribed to treat epilepsy and migraines, but which may put children exposed to the medication during pregnancy at risk for birth defects like spina bifida, cleft lip and cleft palate.
ESSURE: Women looking for a more permanent form of birth control may try Bayer Healthcare’s Essure sterilization device, without realizing that the product may put them at risk for devastating complications, like colon perforation, migration of the device, and wrongful death.
GRANUFLO: GranuFlo is a dry acid concentrate used during dialysis to neutralize the buildup of acid in patients with kidney failure. However, research shows that patients who receive GranuFlo during dialysis may face an increased risk of heart attack and sudden cardiac death.
INVOKANA: As more information comes to light about the alleged risk of diabetic ketoacidosis and other devastating side effects from Invokana, product liability lawsuits are expected to be brought against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, on behalf of consumers who believe they have been harmed by the Type 2 diabetes drug.
LEVAQUIN: Levaquin is a controversial antibiotic medication commonly used to treat pneumonia and bacterial infections, but which may expose patients to side effects like peripheral neuropathy and permanent nerve damage.
LIPITOR: Millions of Americans take statin medications like Lipitor as a treatment for high cholesterol, without knowing that Pfizer’s blockbuster drug has been linked to muscle damage, kidney failure, rhabdomyolysis, Type 2 Diabetes in women and other major complications.
RISPERDAL: Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug prescribed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but which may be causing devastating side effects like diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and breast growth in boys and young men.
TESTOSTERONE (TRT): Far too many men in the U.S. are turning to testosterone replacement therapy drugs like AndroGel and Testim, without knowing that the products may put them at risk for heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular problems.
TOPAMAX: Similar to Depakote, Topamax is an anticonvulsant medication prescribed to individuals suffering from epileptic seizures or chronic migraine headaches. However, recent studies have linked Topamax to birth defects like cleft lip, cleft palate and genital defects in babies, when taken during pregnancy.
TYLENOL: Tylenol is one of the most trusted brands in America, but few consumers are aware that Tylenol use has been connected to complications like liver injury, liver damage and liver failure possibly requiring a transplant for survival.
VIAGRA: Viagra is a prescription drug commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction in men, but which has been tied to a significantly increased risk of a rare but deadly type of skin cancer known as melanoma.
XARELTO: The blood thinner Xarelto is used to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, but has been linked to serious and potentially life-threatening complications like brain hemorrhage, hemorrhagic stroke and uncontrollable internal bleeding.
YAZ: One of the most widely used oral contraceptives on the market today, Yaz may be responsible for causing stroke, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, gallbladder disease and other potentially life-threatening side effects in patients.
With record numbers of patients suffering injuries or dying as a result of medication side effects, many wonder why such dangerous prescription and over-the-counter drugs are allowed on the market. Unfortunately, even with federal regulations in place to ensure the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical drugs, statistics show that 4.5 million Americans visit their doctor or an emergency room every year because of a drug complication. Fortunately, there are drug injury lawyers across the country who are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by side effects of potentially dangerous drugs, and helping them pursue the compensation they deserve for their injuries.