The sad fact is lots of medicines turn out to be defective. If you or a loved one has been injured, let the Evansville drug injury lawyers at Woods & Woods help.
When we get sick, we turn to doctors and healthcare professionals to help us get better. Many times, treatment involves prescriptions and medications that are intended to alleviate pain, increase mobility, maintain health, or improve the quality of life. In fact, the Institute of Medicine reported that four out of five adults use prescription medicine, over-the-counter drugs, or dietary supplements of some sort every single week.
Unfortunately, these medications don’t always heal. Doctors may prescribe the wrong medication or dosage, and fail to make an accurate diagnosis and cause serious harm. Drug injuries are more prevalent than most would like to admit and can cause severe and long-lasting problems for Indiana patients. Drug injuries can include heart attacks, addiction, strokes, kidney damage or failure, and more.
Evansville Drug Injury Lawyer Drug Side Effect Lawsuits
Any over-the-counter or prescription drug can cause serious side effects, but some drugs have injured hundreds or even thousands of victims. If you or your loved one experienced health problems after taking any of the following medications, contact us today—you may be eligible for compensation. Our Evansville drug injury lawyers help with:
The active ingredient in Tylenol® and other over-the-counter pain relievers, acetaminophen is linked to a variety of severe and sometimes fatal skin reactions that cause blisters, sepsis, fever, and more.
- Actos®, Actoplus MET®, and Duetact®
Millions of diabetics have taken Actos® or other medications containing its primary ingredient, pioglitazone. But according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), drugs containing pioglitazone cause a nearly 40% increase in the chance of developing bladder cancer.
Several brand-name antidepressants—including Zoloft®, Prozac®, Paxil®, and more—have been linked to serious birth defects in children born to women who take the drugs while pregnant.
- Birth Control Pills
Birth control containing the synthetic hormone drospirenone—such as Yaz®, Ocella®, Angeliq®, and more—have been linked to blood clots, stroke, and sudden death in women.
- Diabetes Drugs
Prescribed to improve blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes, Byetta®, Janumet®, and Januvia® have been linked to serious pancreatic disease and injuries, including pancreatic cancer.
- Invokana® and Invokamet™
Often prescribed to treat patients with Type 2 diabetes, Invokana® and Invokamet™ have been linked to an increased risk of dangerous side effects, including ketoacidosis.
- Kidney Dialysis Drugs
GranuFlo® and NaturaLyte®—bicarbonate powders used during kidney dialysis treatments at Fresenius clinics—have been linked to alkalosis, heart attacks, cardiovascular injuries, and even death.
The cholesterol drug Lipitor® can cause increased blood glucose levels and poor glycemic control in women, eventually leading to an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
- Low Testosterone Therapy Drugs
Testosterone therapy drugs, or “Low T” drugs, such as AndroGel® have been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular injuries, including heart attack, stroke, and pulmonary embolism.
Prescribed to help manage blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes, Onglyza (saxagliptin) may increase the risk of heart failure.
People suffering from non-valvular atrial fibrulation (AFib) are often prescribed Pradaxa®, a blood-thinning drug. But unlike other blood thinners, there is no way to counteract Pradaxa if serious bleeding occurs—which can be fatal.
The prescription antipsychotic drug Risperdal® has been linked to gynecomastia, or the growth of abnormal breast tissue, in boys and young males who take the drug.
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
Also known as Toxic Epidermal Necrosis (TEN), SJS is a painful, sometimes fatal condition involving severe skin rashes, blisters, and flu-like symptoms. It can be caused by many different types of drugs, including antibiotics, Dilantin®, and NSAID pain relievers.
- Viagra® and Revatio®
The extremely popular erectile dysfunction drug Viagra® and the hypertension medicine Revatio® both contain sildenafil citrate—a drug that may increase the risk of developing skin cancer by as much as 84%.
Often administered after joint replacement surgeries or to patients with non-valvular atrial fibrulation (AFib), Xarelto® can cause a variety of life-threatening side effects, including hematoma, heart attacks, and stroke.
Zofran® is a popular drug prescribed to treat nausea and vomiting caused by cancer treatments, surgery, and severe morning sickness. But taking the drug while pregnant may cause severe birth defects.