Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are supposed to help what ails you, not make you more sick or expose you to dangers and side effects that increase your risk of developing a whole new illness or condition. Yet, some of the most commonly prescribed medications and store bought drugs are doing just that.
Current Drug Injury Investigations and Claims
- Amiodarone – this anti-arrhythmic heart drug has been linked to pulmonary fibrosis and other serious forms of lung disease, blindness, and even death. Despite warnings from the FDA, the drug maker promoted the heart medication for the off-label treatments, without providing physicians with information about the increased risks of pulmonary fibrosis and types of lung damage.
- Nexium & Prilosec – two of the country’s most popular heartburn medications have been shown to increase the risk of developing chronic kidney disease and renal failure and other kidney complications.
- Levaquin, Avelox, Cipro & Antibiotics – fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Levaquin and Avelox are prescribed more than 25 million times a year. Yet these drugs have been linked to severe adverse events including nerve damage, aortic dissections, and aortic aneurysms.
- Invokana Kidney Failure – the commonly used Invokana diabetes medication had been linked to several adverse events that have patients, physicians, and the FDA concerned. These side effects include serious urinary tract infections, kidney failure, heart attack, and leg, foot, and toe amputations.
- Risperdal Swollen Male Breasts – Men and boys across the country have developed breasts after taking the atypical antipsychotic Risperdal. This condition, known as gynecomastia, can cause males to develop large breasts, and even cause leakage of milky fluid from the nipples.
- Taxotere Chemotherapy – the breast cancer chemotherapy drug Taxotere has been linked to a condition known as alopecia, or the permanent loss of body hair, including hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, and pubic hair.
- Xarelto – a warfarin competitor, the anticoagulant medication Xarelto can cause uncontrolled bleeding, a dangerous and deadly side effect as the drug has no known antidote or reversal agent. Thousands of cases have been filed on behalf of persons who suffered uncontrolled intestinal bleeding and brain hemorrhaging as well as other types of bleeding events.
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome – popular over-the-counter drugs and commonly prescribed medications have been linked to the potentially fatal allergic reaction Stevens-Johnson Syndrome or its more severe form Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, which causes the skin to slough off and mucous membranes to erode, increasing the risks of severe infection, organ damage, and death.