Can Common Prescription Drugs Lead to Health Problems?
Going to the doctor and receiving a prescription for a new drug that is supposed to provide some level of relief is a common occurrence. Unfortunately, prescription drugs have the potential to do more harm than good. The most common prescription drugs known to pose an additional risk and cause serious side effects are as follows:
- Zofran (ondansetron) – Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, this drug has been prescribed to expectant mothers to treat morning sickness but has since been linked to birth defects such as cleft palates and lips and congenital heart defects. The FDA never approved this drug to treat morning sickness.
- Yaz – Manufactured by Bayer, Yaz is a common birth control pill that has a wide range of side effects, including serious risks of kidney disorders, uterine bleeding migraines and irregular heart rhythms.
- Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) – Produced by Pfizer, this is a cholesterol-lowering drug that may lead to an increased risk of kidney and liver disorders, Type 2 diabetes, and muscle disease.
- GranuFlo (sodium diacetate) – Fresenius Medical Care developed this drug to be used during kidney dialysis to neutralize excess acid in a patient’s blood. This drug has been linked to a risk of sudden, fatal heart attack and was recalled by the FDA in May 2012.
- Januvia (sitagliptin) – This Type II diabetes drug made by Merck & Co is linked to an increased risk of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer that can lead to death.
- Fosamax (alendronate) – Made by Merck & Co to treat osteoporosis, this drug is linked to esophageal cancer, random bone breaks and chronic irregular heartbeats.
- Topamax – This is an anticonvulsant drug, produced by Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Johnson & Johnson) used to treat epilepsy and prevent migraines. Patients taking this drug are at an increased risk for metabolic acidosis, eye disorders, suicidal thoughts and actions, and birth defects if taken during pregnancy.
- Pradaxa (dabigatran) – Manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim, Pradaxa is a blood thinner prescribed to prevent strokes. This drug has been linked to sometimes fatal instances of uncontrollable hemorrhage and bleeding.
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of these drugs for failing to adequately warn against possible side effects and intentionally concealing proof of harmful complications.
If you or a loved one has suffered significant medical problems due to prescription drugs, contact our team of personal injury attorneys with the legal knowledge and skills you need to protect your interests.
Prescription drugs are supposed to enhance your quality of life, not destroy it. Unfortunately, many drugs have proven to lead to severe medical complications and even death. At Osborne & Francis, PLLC, we understand how daunting your situation may seem and strive to ease your legal and financial burdens.