Harmed by this Drug? Learn About a Provigil Lawsuit
If you’ve taken Provigil and experienced dangerous side effects, a Provigil lawyer from our law firm can advise you about pursuing legal recourse. Provigil is a prescription drug that is commonly used to treat sleep disorders. Unfortunately, it can have serious and even deadly side effects. Some people who have taken it have developed Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), a potentially deadly and very painful condition.
Provigil is often prescribed to treat extreme daytime sleepiness caused by narcolepsy, sleep apnea, shift work disorder, and other sleep disorders. The medication was FDA approved in 1998 and has been in use since that time. The generic name of the drug and its active ingredient is modafinil. Problems with the drug began showing up about 10 years after its release, leading to the manufacturer putting warning labels on the drug.
Our experienced Provigil lawyers have handled many cases related to defective drugs. If you’ve been harmed by Provigil, we’ll advise you about a possible legal claim against the drug’s manufacturer. Call a knowledgeable Provigil lawyer at the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant today to arrange a free consultation. Our phone number is (713) 973-8888, or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000.
Don’t suffer in silence when a defective drug has compromised your health. Contact our Provigil legal team for help at (713) 973-8888.
Get Help If You Have Suffered Serious Provigil Side Effects
Provigil side effects range from the mild, including dry mouth, to very serious. The most serious side effect is Stevens-Johnson syndrome, which is considered a medical emergency. While SJS is an uncommon condition in the population overall, a significant number of people who used Provigil have experienced it.
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome: A Rare and Serious Disorder
As described by the Mayo Clinic, Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a rare and serious disorder of the skin and mucous membranes. It is most often caused by a reaction to medications. Early signs of SJS include fever, tiredness, sore mouth and throat, and burning eyes. As the condition advances, a painful rash, blisters on the skin and mucous membranes, and shedding skin can occur. When the skin sheds, it leaves the body open to infections. About 10% of people with SJS die from the illness, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis: An Even More Severe Form of SJS
Toxic epidermal necrolysis, or TEN, is a more severe form of SJS. TEN involves over 30% of the skin’s surface. It is fatal in up to half of cases. Life-threatening complications from SJS/TEN can include pneumonia, sepsis, shock, and multiple organ failure.
Survivors of SJS/TEN may have to live with long-term effects of the drug that include:
- Skin color changes
- Dry skin and mucous membranes
- Hair loss
- Loss of fingernails and toenail
- Excessive sweating
- Difficulty urinating
- Genital abnormalities
- Impaired taste
- Light sensitivity
- Impaired vision
Additional Provigil Side Effects
Other side effects from using Provigil can include:
- Dry mouth
- Respiratory tract infection
- Anxiety and agitation
Suffered Serious Side Effects from Provigil? Our Provigil Lawyer Will Work to Get You Compensation
Profit-driven pharmaceutical companies should not get away with manufacturing defective drugs. It is important to hold them accountable for their negligence. If you or a family member have been harmed by side effects from Provigil, our lawyers who handle pharmaceutical lawsuits may be able to help you. Call the Terry Bryant law firm at (713) 973-8888 to schedule a free consultation with a Provigil lawyer.
Who Makes Provigil?
Provigil was developed and originally manufactured by the giant pharmaceutical company Cephalon. Teva Pharmaceuticals, also a massive giant among drug companies, bought Cephalon for $6.8 billion in 2011. Teva now manufacturers and sells Provigil and its generic version of mondafinil tablets. Both Provigil and its generic mondafinil have been named in drug injury lawsuits against the manufacturer.
If you believe you were injured by Provigil or mondafinil, you can speak with a Provigil lawyer by calling our Houston law firm at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000. The attorneys at the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant have extensive experience taking on big pharmaceutical companies in drug injury cases. When the evidence shows you were injured by a bad drug, you can count on us to stand up for your rights.
A Similar Drug Called Nuvigil Also Causes Serious Side Effects
Teva also makes a drug called Nuvigil to treat sleep disorders. Nuvigil works similarly to Provigil and mondafinil, but has a slightly different chemical makeup. The activite ingredient and generic of Nuvigil is called armodafinil. Nuvigil was approved by the FDA and released in 2007.
All of these drugs work to boost brain activity, but interestingly, drug experts don’t have an exact understanding of how they do it.
Nuvigil Side Effects
Nuvigil side effects are very close to those of Provigil, including the link to Stevens-Johnson syndrome. If you have serious side effects from using this drug, our law firm may be able to help you get compensation for your injuries.
Talk to a Nuvigil Lawyer
When big drug companies develop dangerous medications, people suffer. If you have been injured from the side effects of Nuvigil, contact our Nuvigil lawyer today. We can be reached at (713) 973-8888.
Studies Are Also Showing Possible Links Between Provigil and Nuvigil and Birth Defects
In addition to side effects from Provigil and Nuvigil use, studies are pointing to possible links to increased risk of birth defects when pregnant women use the drugs. The FDA has not ruled out the risk of using Provigil or Nuvigil during pregnancy. Even Teva Pharmaceuticals has said that taking Provigil increases the risk of congenital malformation by as much as 15%. Birth defects may include cleft palate, microcephaly, and heart defects. Speak to your doctor if you are concerned about use of these drugs during pregnancy. If you have legal questions, contact our law firm at (713) 973-8888.
How Does a Drug Injury Lawsuit Work?
A drug injury lawsuit will ask for compensation based on the damages a person has suffered. The amount of compensation depends upon the extent of injuries. Generally, the more severe the injuries from Provigil or Nuvigil, the more compensation a person might get.
There are three general types of damages that may be pursued in drug injury claims. They include payment for doctor bills and other expenses, compensation for your pain and suffering, and sometimes compensation to punish the negligent drug manufacturer.
Damages in a Drug Injury Claim
Damages may include:
- Doctor, hospital, and other medical costs
- Lost time at work
- Loss of earning capacity if you can’t work anymore
- Pain and suffering for chronic pain and emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement and disability
- Punitive damages
Wrongful Death Damages in a Provigil or Nuvigil Case
If your family member died as a result of using Provigil or Nuvigil, you may be able to bring a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death lawsuits compensate family members when their loved one died because of negligence. Spouses, children, and parents can bring wrongful death lawsuits in Texas.
Questions About a Drug Injury Lawsuit?
When you have questions about a Provigil or Nuvigil lawsuit, contact our experienced attorneys today. We can provide the answers you need to decide whether you have a legal claim against the manufacturer. Call the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant to set up a free consultation. You can reach us by dialing our Houston office at (713) 973-8888, or toll-free at 1 (800) 444-5000.
What is a Drug Injury Class Action Lawsuit?
When a large group of people are harmed by the same drug and have similar injuries, they might bring a class action lawsuit. In a class action lawsuit, a single legal claim is filed on behalf of all of the injured people. We can advise you about the possibility of joining a class action lawsuit.
Get Help from Our Compassionate Drug Injury Lawyers in Your Provigil Lawsuit
If you’ve suffered dangerous side effects from Provigil or Nuvigil, or their generics, modafinil or armodafinil, don’t delay in speaking with an attorney. If you wait too long, you could miss out on the opportunity to bring a legal claim. There is a general statute of limitations for drug injury lawsuits and wrongful death claims in Texas. Typically, it is two years from the date you discovered your drug-related injury or from the date your family member died.
***You must speak directly with an attorney about the time limit & other deadlines for your specific claim(s). Every claim is different.
When you have been harmed because of using a defective drug, a Provigil and Nuvigil lawyer from the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant will stand up for you against the negligent drug maker. You are not alone when you need compensation to pay doctor bills and the other costs of your injuries. Contact our law firm today by calling (713) 973-8888. We provide free, no-obligation consultations, and there is no fee if there is no recovery.