People trust medication to help them feel better so they can manage pain or heal from an injury. There are instances, however, where drugs can do more harm than good. When a drug causes a severe reaction or injury that puts your life on hold, you can seek legal aid. A Jackson dangerous drug lawyer from Pittman, Roberts & Welsh will help you get the compensation you deserve.
Medication Can Harm
When you’re beginning a new drug, many factors need to be taken into account. Drugs will respond differently to you based on your health, what you take the drug with, and if there are other forms of medication in your system.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are three types of drug interactions.
- Drug-Drug Interactions. Drugs may respond differently to other medication the person is taking. Doctors need to know what kinds of medication their patient takes so they don’t prescribe something that will cause harm.
- Drug-Food/Beverage Interactions. Some drugs are meant to be taken on an empty stomach, while others work better with food. Taking medicine with alcohol can lead to side effects and can be dangerous.
- Drug-Condition Interactions. Someone may have another health condition that makes it dangerous to take a certain type of drug.
The serious side effects of dangerous drugs can put someone’s life and wellbeing at stake. They could lead to permanent complications or even death. If a loved one has died because of a drug interaction, one of our wrongful death lawyers may be able to help.
Dangerous drugs can cause:
- Heart Failure
- Organ Damage
- Organ Failure
The trauma from one of these injuries could affect you for the rest of your life, making it difficult to accomplish everyday tasks or even work. The cost of keeping up with medical care can also get expensive. In these cases, one of our dangerous drug lawyers in Jackson will stand up for you.
Dangerous Drugs and Their Possible Side Effects
There are many drugs that are currently known for having dangerous side effects. If you’ve experienced any adverse reactions or injuries because of the following, you should consider getting in touch with us at Pittman, Roberts & Welsh.
- Accutane. While this is for treating acne, those who take Accutane can experience many side effects. Some of the rare but serious ones include hearing loss, decreased blood platelets, seizures, and stroke.
- Abilify (Aripiprazole). This anti-psychotic drug may have adverse side effects like mood changes, fainting, seizures, and tardive dyskinesia (involuntary, repetitive movements).
- Avandia (Rosiglitazone). Those who take this anti-diabetic medication can suffer from developing a higher risk of heart failure and liver issues.
- Cipro. A bacterial infection medication, Cipro can cause serious side effects like a new infection with a persistent fever, kidney problems, and abdominal pain.
- Invokana. This treatment for type 2 diabetes can cause hypersensitivity reactions, fatigue, weakness, and kidney problems.
- Januvia. Another medication for type 2 diabetes, people who take this drug may experience kidney problems, skin blisters, and signs of heart failure like shortness of breath, unexplained exhaustion, and swollen ankles and feet.
- Lipitor. This cholesterol medication can cause a fever, confusion, issues with memory, and muscle pain.
- Paxil. This drug is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that can treat depression and anxiety disorders. Side effects include shaking, restlessness, irregular heartbeat, muscle spasms, and seizures.
- Pradaxa. A blood thinning medication, Pradaxa includes side effects of serious bleeding, abdominal pain, or an allergic reaction to the drug that can cause trouble breathing, swelling in the face, tongue, or throat, and dizziness.
- Prempro. Used for treating menopause symptoms, those who take it may have side effects of stomach pain, headache, weight changes, dizziness, and nervousness.
- Prilosec. This heartburn medication can also produce symptoms of nausea, headache, stomach pain, fever, and cold symptoms.
- Risperdal. An antipsychotic medication, it can cause weight gain and increase blood cholesterol.
- Talc Powder. This is used to absorb moisture and is a common household product; however, women who use this are at risk of developing ovarian cancer.
- Xarelto. A drug to treat blood clots, Xarelto can cause bleeding, headaches, dizziness, and weakness.
- Yaz. This birth control may cause bloating, nausea, headaches, and raise your blood pressure.
- Zofran. A nausea and vomiting inhibitor for cancer patients undergoing treatment, it may also cause headaches, chest pain, and fainting.
- Zoloft. This drug is for treating depression, panic attacks, and other mental health disorders. Those who take this drug may experience tremors, weakness, or an allergic reaction.
These drugs aren’t the only ones capable of causing harm. You can still find out more about your legal options if you were injured because of a drug that wasn’t on the list above.
The FDA keeps an updated list of recalled drugs. It’s important to know that you shouldn’t immediately stop taking a drug. You need to consult with your doctor first, so you can either take another drug that’s safer or slowly get the drug out of your system.
Those who are in extreme pain may be prescribed opioids like codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, or methadone. These drugs are dangerous because they are highly addicting. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) reported that more than 115 people die a day from an opioid overdose in the United States.
Taking more than the recommended dosage or not adhering to the prescription for how often these drugs can be taken is abusing the drugs, which can lead to overdosing.
Unfortunately, an addiction is incredibly difficult to beat because of the symptoms. Getting opioids out of one’s system can make them feel irritable, give them hot and cold sweats, muscle aches, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and more. People may turn back to opioids to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
If you or a loved one developed an addiction to opioids but weren’t given all the information, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. It’s also possible the pharmaceutical company lied about how long the drugs work for. They may say a dose will last for 12 hours, when it really lasts for eight. If that happens, a person taking the medicine may not follow the prescription instructions and take more doses closer together than they’re supposed to. We can help you show these companies that they’re in the wrong.
Standing Up to Pharmaceutical Companies
When a drug causes severe health complications, the fault does not rest with you. Pharmaceutical companies are supposed to make their medicine as safe as possible. When they attempt to speed up the process by cutting corners or not extensively testing a drug, they put people in danger.
It can be intimidating to stand up to a pharmaceutical company and the claim process can get incredibly complex. Pittman, Roberts & Welsh has experience and will not back down from doing what’s right.
Pittman, Roberts & Welsh Is Here for You
You can meet with us and discuss if you have a valid claim. When you know your legal options, you can make an informed decision on how to proceed. We’ll help you do what’s best for you.
We’re prepared to investigate your case and hold the right party accountable for their actions. You deserve to have your voice be heard. Get in touch with us today to schedule a free consultation.