You take prescription drugs to help you regain your health, but when those same drugs end up making you sick, it can be extremely disruptive, stressful, and dangerous. But if a prescription left you injured or sick, you may have a dangerous drug claim.
Some prescription medications have such serious side effects that they can outweigh any benefits they may provide. Unfortunately, however, it often takes a tragedy—such as a patient who suffers a significant injury or even death—to bring this information to light. Many people depend on medications for survival or to allow them to live more comfortably and fully. When these medications turn on them, they can produce extremely frightening injuries.
Not every prescription medication is appropriate for every patient. Sometimes a medication may be safe for most but dangerous for others—and it’s the doctor’s responsibility as a medical professional to sort this out before prescribing a medication that could prove dangerous for a patient. Pharmacists can also play a role in the distribution of dangerous drugs—sometimes pharmacists dispense the wrong medications, which can prove disastrous. Finally, pharmaceutical companies are sometimes too quick to get drugs on the market (before their safety is verified). Some pharmaceutical companies have even concealed their drugs’ harmful side effects from consumers.
Whatever the cause, taking a drug that’s dangerous for you can lead to harmful and even deadly side effects. If you were injured by a dangerous medication, you need skilled legal counsel. The dangerous drugs lawyers at The Law Offices of George Salinas are here to help. We understand the difficulties in pursuing these claims, and we have the experience, compassion, and dedication to advocate for your rights and for your rightful compensation.
Dangerous Side Effects
Many people for whom doctors prescribe dangerous drugs end up suffering serious diseases, painful injuries—and even death—as a result of harsh side effects. Serious side effects commonly associated with dangerous drug prescriptions include:
- Risk of cancer
- Risk of bleeding and clotting
- Risk of heart attacks
- Diabetes complications
- Risk of birth defects
Some medications—especially with long-term use—have been linked to increased cancer risks. A prime example is Actos, a diabetes medication that caused some users to suffer bladder cancer and that led to congestive heart failure in others. In addition, a recent study reveals that men who take the prescription Viagra may have an elevated risk of developing the deadly skin cancer melanoma.
Blood thinners are often used to help prevent strokes caused by clotting after surgeries, but they can also lead to excessive bleeding. In 2011, Pradaxa caused thousands of patients to endure serious side effects, including bleeding in the brain, gastrointestinal tract, and rectum. The anticoagulant Xarelto has been linked to an increase in the risk of internal bleeding.
Men who take testosterone supplements, such as AndroGel, may be at increased risk of stroke, heart attack, or even death. In fact, the FDA issued a safety warning for testosterone drugs—even those that are FDA approved—in 2015.
Diabetes is a serious illness, and if its effects aren’t kept under careful control, it can be fatal. Ketoacidosis, for example, is a serious condition in which a patient with type 1 diabetes fails to metabolize food and nutrients appropriately. Patients who take Invokana for their diabetes have reported incidents of ketoacidosis that have led to kidney failure and even death.
Furthermore, some patients (especially post-menopausal women) on Lipitor—and other cholesterol-lowering drugs like it—have developed type 2 diabetes. Some have even accused the pharmaceutical companies of hiding this increased diabetes risk in the promotion of these drugs.
Doctors must naturally use extreme caution when prescribing medications for pregnant women. Recently, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures Zofran, an anti-nausea medication, was accused of unethically marketing the drug to pregnant women to treat the nausea of morning sickness. Studies, however, have linked the drug to an increased risk of birth defects, including heart defects, cleft palate, and facial dysmorphia. Similarly, the drug Topamax caused pregnant women to be at greater risk of delivering a baby with oral cleft defects.
Unfortunately, many of the risks associated with dangerous drugs are only brought to the public’s attention when enough people have suffered their ill effects to garner notice. When medications aren’t thoroughly and appropriately tested for dangerous side effects before they hit the market, they can lead to life-altering injuries and particularly difficult aftermaths. You take medications, after all, with the sole purpose of regaining your health, and it can be quite a blow when the medication you took to help you heal ends up seriously injuring you.
One example is the antipsychotic medications Risperdal and Invega, which have caused some male patients to suffer male breast-tissue enlargement (gynecomastia). To remove the unwanted tissue, some of these patients underwent mastectomies.
The effects of dangerous medications can be especially difficult to endure. An overwhelming sense of confusion can accompany the injury comes—many people don’t know where to turn. You were looking forward to regaining your health but were instead knocked down by the very medication that was prescribed to help you. It’s a very difficult situation—but you don’t have to suffer alone. A knowledgeable dangerous drugs lawyer will help secure the compensation to which you’re entitled.
If You Were Injured by a Dangerous Drug, Contact a Skilled San Antonio Dangerous Drugs Attorney Today
If you suffered the side effects of a dangerous drug, you know how overwhelming that is. At The Law Offices of George Salinas, we’ve helped many clients in your situation their obtain rightful compensation after suffering the ill effects of a dangerous drug. We understand how these injuries can devastate you, and we’re here to help. Please contact or call us at (210) 225-0909 to schedule an appointment today.
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