Prescription medications: you see the ads on T.V. all the time, or you may have even been prescribed a few. However, many drugs while FDA approved, still have serious health risks that the drug manufacturer has not made you aware of. Here are 4 commonly prescribed drugs that could have the serious complications when used:
Invokana is used for the treatment of Type II Diabetes. The drug uses a type of transport protein to help expel sugar out of the body through urine, and thus, helps bring down overall blood sugar levels in the body. However, the drug has been linked to a higher than normal development of ketoacidosis, a life-threatening medical condition. Invokana has also been linked to acute kidney failure.
- Xarelto® and Pradaxa®
Xarelto and Pradaxa are both anti-coagulants, or blood thinners, though each responds differently in the body. Xarelto is approved to treat the prevention of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, while Pradaxa is prescribed to lower the risk of stroke in those who have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. However, they both have been associated with serious and life threatening injuries, including uncontrollable bleeding.
Zofran is an anti-nausea medication that is FDA approved for use in cancer patients. However, it has been prescribed for the off-labeled use treating extreme morning sickness in pregnant women. When an unborn child is exposed to the drug, studies show that it could lead to serious birth defects including cardiac defects (especially septal defects) and defects such as a cleft palate. Zofran has also been linked with other birth defects including kidney defects, neural tube defects, craniosynostosis, and gastroschisis.
Risperdal is an antipsychotic medication approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and autism spectrum disorders. It has also been prescribed to treat behavioral disorder, such as ADHD. It is often prescribed to adolescents. However, the use of Risperdal in young males has been linked to a condition known as gynecomastia, or the enlargement of breast tissue. This change is permanent without surgery to remove and can cause emotional and mental trauma to those boys who are affect by the drug.
Here at McDivitt Law Firm we just want to let you know of the risks associated with certain drugs as they remain popular on the market. If you or a loved one has been affected by one of these medications please do not hesitate to contact us today as you may have a potential claim. As always, consult with your physician if you have any concerns regarding the medications you may be taking.