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DEFECTIVE DRUG INJURY LAWYER

Defective Drugs

If you used a medication that seriously harmed you or a loved one, you may be entitled to receive compensation for the harm that you suffered. the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant is here to help drug victims get the compensation they deserve. Some of the drugs and medications that have given people problems in the past include:

LIST OF DRUGS

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Abilifyactive litigation

Abilify, whose generic equivalent is aripiprazole, is an antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia. Side effects include an increased risk of tremors, diabetes, and other blood sugar disorders, such as hyperglycemia. It may also cause compulsive or uncontrollable gambling.

Accutane

This is an acne medicine that may cause congenital disabilities such as malformed ears, head or face, impaired vision or hearing, and mental retardation. It’s been linked to more than 1,000 miscarriages and several thousand terminations due to severe fetal abnormalities.

Actemraactive litigation

Used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, this drug has been the subject of lawsuits based on science connecting Actemra use and heart failure, pancreatitis, lung disease, gastrointestinal perforations, and strokes.

Actos

Thousands of people who once took Actos for diabetes have filed lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturer after experiencing severe side effects, including a higher risk of bladder cancer.

Amiodarone

This medication treats potentially fatal atrial arrhythmias. Amiodarone can cause pulmonary toxicity, liver failure, blindness, and death. It’s the generic form of a drug sold in the US under the brand names Cordarone® and Pacerone®. The drug was developed as a safety measure for patients undergoing heart surgery and is approved by the FDA to treat supraventricular and ventricular fibrillation.

Antibiotics Side Effects

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has published research showing various antibiotic side effects and what may cause them. One of those reactions is the detachment of the retina, a part of the eye. Some antibiotics contain fluoroquinolone, which may cause the problem. Some medications with it are Avelox, Cipro, Factive, Floxin, Gatifloxacin, Levaquin, Maxaquin, Noroxin, Penetrex, and Sparfloxacin.

Antidepressants and Birth Defects

An estimated 23% of women of childbearing age take at least one antidepressant daily. One popular class is Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) which include Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, and Celexa. They may have severe consequences for an embryo or fetus.

Antidepressants and SSRIs

Antidepressants, particularly the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) class of drugs, are widely used. They are associated with a higher risk of bone fractures, movement disorders, suicidal tendencies, as well as a congenital disability, severe heart malformation, known as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).

Avandia

Rosiglitazone, sold under the name Avandia, is used to treat the side effects of diabetes. Rosiglitazone may cause heart failure, bone fractures, back pain, weight gain, retinal vein blockage, and difficulty breathing. The drug may be responsible for more than 100,000 cardiac arrests.

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Belviqactive litigation

Belviq and Belviq XR, which is the extended-release form of the medication, are brand names for the generic drug lorcaserin. The drug was developed for patients who had trouble losing weight through diet and exercise alone. Lorcaserin increases feelings of fullness to decrease appetite. An early study of lorcaserin, under a different brand name, caused the FDA to reject it because rats and mice that were given the drug developed breast and brain tumors.

Benicar

The FDA has warned that drugs containing Olmesartan, such as Benicar, could cause severe gastro-intestinal problems, excessive weight loss, and malnutrition. Benicar was approved by the FDA to treat high blood pressure.

Byettaactive litigation

This drug is prescribed to those with type 2 diabetes to control their blood sugar after meals. Byetta can cause swelling of the face, hives, difficulty breathing, weight gain, pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, kidney problems, and shortness of breath.

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Celexa

Antidepressants are popular prescription drugs, especially the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) class of drugs, which includes Celexa. They carry the risk of major sexual complications such as erectile dysfunction, genital anesthesia, or loss of interest in sex; weakened bones; motor or behavioral problems, such as tremors or uncontrollable shaking; anxiety or emotional disturbance; hallucinations; or extreme disorientation.

Chantix

This drug is supposed to help people stop smoking. Its side effects include changes in behavior, depression, agitation, hostility, suicide ideation, and attempted suicide, even by those without a history of mental problems.

Clomid

A connection may exist between the use of Clomid and birth defects. This fertility medication treats women who have frequent anovulatory cycles (when an egg isn’t released during a menstrual cycle) which is a common cause of infertility. This drug stimulates the release of hormones that encourage the release of an egg.

Cymbalta

Cymbalta is used to treat many conditions, including depression and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Many users suffer severe withdrawal symptoms for prolonged periods after they stopped taking it. They include feeling electrically shocked, severe tingling of the skin, and seizures.

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Darvocet

Darvocet, a pain reliever, can cause serious changes that may result in severe, even fatal, complications. The FDA has recalled all dextropropoxyphene-containing products, like Darvocet.

Diabetes Drug Injuries

People with diabetes depend on several drugs to help manage the symptoms of their disease. In some cases, these drugs cause significant harm. Some medications have been rushed to market and not thoroughly tested. These drugs have harmed many patients, and some have even died due to complications.

Difulcan

Difulcan is a powerful antifungal medication that can cause severe birth defects, including permanent and fatal abnormalities. Most of the problems with the drug’s primary ingredient, fluconazole, are seen in patients taking large dosages of it. The FDA has placed the drug as Pregnancy Category D, which means there is evidence it can cause adverse reactions in developing fetuses.

Drug Recalls and Class Action

The FDA approves many medications but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re all safe for you to use. If you’re one of a large group of people impacted by a particular medication, you may be able to join a mass tort lawsuit. Its outcome may be compensation for you, a ban on the drug, and protecting others from its side effects.

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Effexor

Effexor is an antidepressant that may cause severe side effects ranging from profound mental disturbance to congenital disabilities. The primary ingredient is known as a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, or SNRI.

Elmiron

Elmiron is a prescription drug used to treat a painful bladder problem called cystitis. With long-term use, Elmiron may cause maculopathy, or macular degeneration.

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Flouroquinolone (FLQ)active litigation

Patients who suffered aortic aneurysms and dissections after using Cipro, Levaquin, and Avelox may be eligible to file lawsuits. These drugs are fluoroquinolones (FLQ), or fluorinated quinolones, broad-spectrum antibiotic drugs used to treat bacterial, antibiotic-resistant, and hospital-acquired infections.

Fosamax

This medication treats bone diseases, such as osteoporosis and Paget’s disease. It’s associated with severe health complications including bone pain, esophageal ulcerations, joint pain, and femur fractures. The drug may cause a loss in bone density and abnormal bone growth.

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Granuflo

This drug is used by diabetics for dialysis treatments and carries an increased risk of cardiac arrest. It’s believed that those who have received it can have six times the chance of cardiac stress, which may have led to thousands of deaths since 2010.

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Hyland’s Teething Tabletsactive litigation

To help alleviate the pain infants experience during teething, parents sometimes use teething rings, gels, or medications. One of these products, Hyland’s Teething Tablets, has been recalled due to its link to at least 10 deaths and many cases of adverse reactions, including seizures.

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Invokanaactive litigation

Use of this diabetes medicine may cause an increased risk of life-threatening side effects, including leg, foot, and toe amputations as well as ketoacidosis (a potentially fatal build-up of acid in the blood) and heart attack.

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Levaquin

Levaquin, also known as Levofloxacin, is an antibiotic that helps reduce the effects of harmful bacteria in the body. Its side effects include severe tendinitis, tendon ruptures, temporary or permanent nerve damage, constant abdominal tenderness, and connective tissue damage throughout the body.

Lexapro

Lexapro is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) and its main ingredient, escitalopram, is usually used to treat depression or anxiety. Many doctors have prescribed Lexapro to patients inappropriately, including for teenagers and children. Negative impacts of the drug include mood or mental disturbances, confusion, aggression, depersonalization, suicidal ideation, and suicidal behavior.

Lipitor

This drug is supposed to lower a person’s bad cholesterol. There can be serious side effects of stopping its use, and high doses of it for extended periods can be even worse. Several studies have shown a strong link between Lipitor’s main ingredient and development of type 2 diabetes in postmenopausal women.

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Onfi

Onfi, a brand name for clobazam, is a popular anti-seizure drug. Its most harmful potential complication is Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), which is an uncontrolled immune response. There can be a fever, fatigue, sore throat, and lesions and ulcers appear on mucous membranes throughout the body. SJS can lead to lifelong disabilities or death.

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Pradaxa

This blood-thinning medication is believed to cause a five times greater risk of serious bleeding than those not using it. Despite more than 18,000 reported side effects and adverse reactions, healthcare providers continue to prescribe it.

Propecia

This drug is a male pattern baldness treatment. Its principal ingredient, finasteride, can alter the mental and sexual functions of those who use it. It’s also is extremely dangerous around pregnant women. Finasteride can cause severe birth complications if a pregnant woman comes in contact with it.

Proton Pump Inhibitorsactive litigation

PPIs are prescription and over-the-counter drugs used by about 15 million people in the US, primarily for significant and long-lasting reduction of the production of stomach acid. Possible side effects are increased vulnerability to infections and nutritional deficiencies. Users are at an increased risk of contracting salmonella and Clostridium difficile infections, and possibly pneumonia.

Provigilactive litigation

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.

Prozac

This medication, a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI), is an antidepressant and one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the country. For pregnant women, it may cause permanent congenital disabilities in embryos or fetuses, nausea and a lifelong motor disorder known as tardive dyskinesia.

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Reglan

Reglan (or metoclopramide) treats gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), acid reflux disease, and heartburn. Some users have experienced severe side effects, including involuntary, repetitive body movements. Another side effect could be Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, which can be fatal.

Risperdal active litigation

This drug treats certain mental disorders and behavioral issues. It has also been linked to serious side effects if used by young boys. It may cause gynecomastia, the growth of breasts, or the enlargement of breast tissue.

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SSRIs and birth defects

There may be a connection between congenital disabilities and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). They block the uptake of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates many biological processes. When this happens in a pregnant woman, it can have profound effects on the unborn child, many of which will permanently reduce the child’s quality of life.

Steroid Injections Contamination and Meningitis

Several contaminated steroid injections caused a meningitis outbreak in 2012 that claimed hundreds of lives. Meningitis causes severe acute inflammation of protective tissues around the brain and spinal cord. If left untreated, it can be fatal, and survivors may suffer permanent neural dysfunction.

Steven Johnsons Syndrome active litigation

Common triggers for the illness, which leads to uncontrolled immune activity and is potentially fatal, include sulfa-containing antibiotics. These antibiotics include penicillin, anticonvulsants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), barbiturates, and over-the-counter drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen.

Synvisc

Pharmaceutical manufacturer Sanofi Genzyme in 2017 voluntarily recalled about 18,000 Synvisc-One arthritis syringes. A company investigation found the appearance of unanticipated microbial contamination in the needles.

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Tasignaactive litigation

This drug treats leukemia. It’s linked to atherosclerosis, artery disease, and strokes. Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, could cause angina, chronic kidney disease, heart attacks, amputations, peripheral artery disease, and death.

Taxotereactive litigation

This drug treats many cancers, including breast, lung, prostate, stomach, and head/neck cancer. While many cancer treatments may cause patients to lose hair temporarily, for some Taxotere users that hair loss was permanent, a side effect not mentioned by the drug manufacturer.

Testosterone Treatment

Low testosterone treatments typically release a steady amount of the hormone into the bloodstream over an extended time. Though this approach was thought to be safe with minor side effects, a further review has shown more severe complications, some of them possibly fatal, including heart failure.

Topamax

Studies of this medication, used for chronic migraines and to control seizures, have shown a link between women using Topamax and side effects that occur in a fetus. The most common birth defect impacts the opening of the mouth or roof of the mouth, causing an oral cleft.

Tylenol and Liver Damage

Acetaminophen, Tylenol’s active ingredient, is an effective painkiller, first developed in 1955. The risks associated with using it have been known since the 1960s and include organ failure and liver toxicity. Acetaminophen is among the deadliest over-the-counter drugs, killing more than 100 people annually in the US.

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Valsartanactive litigation

The drug (a generic version of Diovan) is prescribed to treat high blood pressure and to prevent heart failure. It was recalled after it was found to contain N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a known carcinogen. Contamination may date back to 2012, potentially exposing many patients to Valsartan cancer risk, liver injury, and tumors.

Viagra

This erectile dysfunction drug may cause a fatal type of skin cancer, melanoma. A medical journal article published in 2014 announced the findings of a study of 32,000 men (1,600 used the drug). Those using Viagara had about a four times greater chance of developing melanoma compared to those who did not.

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Workout Supplements

The primary ingredient in many workout supplements is DMAA (dimethylamylamine or methylhexanamine) which is a potent stimulant marketed for its supposed ability to increase stamina, metabolism, and focus. Five deaths are linked to the drug. Its side effects are similar to those of amphetamines.

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Xarelto

Xarelto, or rivaroxaban, is a blood-thinning drug. These types of drugs are inherently dangerous because they may cause uncontrolled bleeding. In an emergency, it may be extremely difficult to stop bleeding by someone using the medicine.

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Yaz

This is an oral birth control drug. Compared to older types of birth control pills, Yaz users have a higher chance of suffering heart attacks, pulmonary embolism, and strokes while taking it. The drug uses a hormone which, if there are regular doses, may cause heart arrhythmia.

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Zantacactive litigation

Zantac (also known as ranitidine) is a prescription and over-the-counter drug used to treat heartburn and ulcers. It can contain an organic compound, N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which may cause cancer. The drug has been recalled but its users may already have suffered its consequences.

Zofran

Zofran (or Ondansetron) is an anti-nausea prescription drug, often to counter the effects of post-operative and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. When used by pregnant women, it increases the risks of harm to an embryo or fetus, including heart defects, musculoskeletal abnormalities, mouth deformities, and jaundice.

Zoloft

The drug’s active ingredient, Sertraline, is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI). It’s normally prescribed to those with post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia disorder, depression, panic disorder, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Sertraline can cause a variety of side effects, including severe congenital disabilities that can be fatal in newborns or result in lasting complications for a child.

Zostavaxactive litigation

The drug is a shingles vaccine. Some patients claim that not only does it not work, but a possible side effect is that it may cause a persistent strain of the infection, along with other serious complications, including death.

Z Pack

This antibiotic, also known as azithromycin, is frequently prescribed to those suffering infections. A study published in 2012 estimated that compared to those using other or no antibiotics, people taking azithromycin were at an increased risk of suffering from major, even fatal, cardiac events.

Disclaimer: Do not stop taking a prescription medication without first consulting with your doctor. Discontinuing a prescribed medication without your doctor’s advice can result in injury or death. Cases may be referred to another attorney or law firm.