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The 5 Most-Common Types of Prescription Drug Injuries

The 5 Most-Common Types of Prescription Drug Injuries

Drugs with Serious Side Effects

Five Types of Drugs Most-Commonly Associated with Serious Side Effects

Millions of Americans trust their doctors to provide them with treatment for conditions such as diabetes, depression, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disorders. While the medications that are used to treat these conditions can be very effective, they sometimes cause serious side-effects that pose a risk to the patient; risks that may remain hidden because of legal loopholes or improper ethical standards.

It’s no secret that pharmaceutical companies rake in billions of dollars in profits thanks to the runaway successes of some of these drugs. What most consumers don’t know is that some of these drugs are being marketed for off-label purposes. “Off-label” means that the medication is prescribed for uses not specifically approved by the FDA (and thus not on the FDA-approved label).

Recalling a drug is similar to trying to mop up spilled water and put it back in the jar. By the time most prescription drug recalls are issued, the damage is already done. For those who have already suffered serious harm after using the drug, the best course of action to take is to file a lawsuit so you can recover compensation to try to seek further treatment to correct the damage.

Medications Most-Commonly Associated With Drug Injuries

Here are five classes of drugs that are associated with serious negative side-effects:

  1. Diabetes Drugs (such as ActosAvandia, Byetta, and Onglyza)
    These drugs have been linked to organ damage, organ failure, as well as conditions such as pancreatitis, bladder cancer and renal failure.
  2. Antidepressants (such as Paxil, ZoloftEffexorLexapro, and Prozac)
    Many of these drugs have been shown to cause birth defects if taken by pregnant women, the development of breasts in men, and heart defects in babies.
  3. Antibiotics (such as Cipro, Ketek, and Levaquin)
    These drugs have been shown to cause brittle bones, heart problems, rebound infections, and other injuries.
  4. Painkillers (such as Fentanyl, OxyContin, and Darvocet)
    These prescription drugs have been linked to an increased susceptibility to strokes, dependence, and liver damage.
  5. Kidney Dialysis Drugs (such as GranuFlo and NaturaLyte)
    These drugs have been shown to cause low blood pressure, metabolic alkalosis, and even sudden death.

Drug injury lawsuits can be quite complex, and often involve many parties in the chain of distribution. It’s not uncommon for individuals who were injured by a prescription drug to have multiple claims arising from different areas of law (e.g. product liability, wrongful death, and medical malpractice). To have the best chance at a successful case, it is imperative that you hire an attorney who has experience handling drug injury claims.

Big drug companies will never settle a claim directly with a consumer; instead, they will force you to file a lawsuit. The drug companies will have teams of attorneys working to dismiss your claim or burden you with unnecessary legal motions, creating barriers that most non-attorneys simply cannot overcome.

You only have one shot at a lawsuit, and even one small procedural mistake can lead to your entire case being dismissed. Please call 1-800-ATTORNEY today for your free attorney consultation.

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