Your Prescriptions Can Make You Sick

February 21, 2017 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman
Your Prescriptions Can Make You Sick

It is well established that some prescription medications can have serious and dangerous side effects, including ever-increasing addiction issues. Once you've suffered the negative side effects of a dangerous prescription, finding relief can be extremely difficult. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate that complicated path.

Pharmaceutical Companies and the FDA

It's no secret that pharmaceutical companies are making huge profits – even as many of their products represent a real threat to consumers. Each year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)1 approves, on average, 24 new prescription drugs, and these include drugs that can have significant and lasting side effects.

Because of the expense involved and the potential profits to be realized, pharmaceutical companies have been known to exacerbate this problem in several ways:

  • By neglecting to report all negative results to the FDA;
  • By failing to adequately research a drug's side effects; and
  • By applying their studies to an insufficient number of people.

Although it is the FDA's obligation to investigate and respond to these deficiencies, that process is laborious and lengthy. The FDA's efforts often do not affect a prescription drug's availability or its on-label warnings until after many people have already suffered adverse effects. The checks and balances system put in place by the FDA regarding pharmaceutical companies is failing many consumers.

Prescriptions with Known Dangerous Side Effects

There are a variety of prescription drugs that can cause serious side effects, ranging anywhere from suicidal thoughts and behaviors to heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure – and from birth defects to liver damage. Some of the worst offenders are well-known:

Avandia and Actos – these type 2 diabetes medications now carry warnings2 for heart failure and bladder cancer;

Paxil, Prozac, Effexor, Zoloft, and Lexapro – these antidepressants are linked to birth defects and now carry warnings for increased risk of suicide and violent behaviors, especially in young people;

Depakote – this mood stabilizer has been linked to and now carries a warning regarding birth defects;

Yaz and Yasmin – these birth control pills increase the risk of blood clots and, therefore, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and heart attack or stroke;

Accutane – this acne medication has a wide range of dangerous side effects associated with its use;

Pradaxa and Xarelto are blood thinners that can cause serious and irremediable bleeding issues;

Fosamax – this osteoporosis treatment has been shown to cause serious side effects ranging from atrial fibrillation to inflammation and ulcers of the esophagus;

GranuFlo and NaturaLyte – these medications used in dialysis have been associated with a variety of serious side effects that have been attributed to incorrect dosing calibrations;

Propecia – this hair loss medication now carries a warning that it increases the risk of acquiring high-grade prostate cancer.

Zantac - contains substances directly linked to the cause of cancer. To learn more about the lawsuits against Zantac and the type of cancer Zantac causes speak with our skilled Zantac lawyers today.

With the passage of time, the true seriousness of the adverse side effects caused by prescription drugs continues to be uncovered. It can be very frightening when the very medication prescribed to make you well actually makes you sicker. You don't have to deal with it alone as help is available.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in the Clearwater Area

If you or someone you care about is suffering from the adverse side effects of a prescription medication in Florida, do not hesitate to call our defective medication attorneys at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. We are here to help and our experienced personal injury attorneys are skilled in fighting for and obtaining the compensation that you deserve. Give Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA a call today at 727-451-6900 or contact us online.

Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
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Clearwater, FL 33765

(833) 606-DRUG [3784]


2 FDA Drug Safety Communication: Update to ongoing safety review of Actos (pioglitazone) and increased risk of bladder cancer


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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