Harmful Medications

Virtually every year thousands of patients suffer injury and even death as a result of prescription medications. Whether it is a previously unreported side effect of a drug, a serious adverse reaction to a drug, the interaction between two drugs causing injury, or a medication error, prescription drugs can be dangerous and even fatal. Virtually every year, prescription drugs are recalled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after users are injured.

Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

Who can forget Vioxx that was recalled by Merck, Rezulin recalled by Pfizer, Baycol recalled by Bayer, and Fen-Phen recalled by Wyeth. Numerous other prescription drugs have been shown to cause harm. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as the result of a harmful medication, please contact our office for a confidential, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.

The Side Effects of Medications

Side effects caused by pharmaceuticals differ with the individual. Two people taking the same medication may have completely different reactions. Below is a general list of possible side effects from taking different drugs. Please note that this is a list of common side effects, not specific to any particular drug and that sometimes, taking prescription drugs can lead to death:

  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • increased blood pressure
  • loss of taste or smell
  • mood swings
  • loss of coordination
  • skin irritations such as hives or rash
  • liver or kidney damage
  • depression
  • stomach ache
  • dry mouth

The FDA website contains information about many prescription medicines and provides information that can help patients avoid serious adverse drug events.