Defective Drug & Products Attorneys
Life-Altering Zofran Side Effects for Some Unborn Babies
Studies published more than 20 years after the drug’s approval found Zofran use during pregnancy may increase an unborn baby’s risk of developing certain birth defects.
A 2012 study linked Zofran use during the first trimester of pregnancy to a twofold increased risk of a cleft palate birth defect. In 2013, a group of researchers reviewed Danish registry data from nearly 900,000 pregnancies and associated Zofran with a twofold increased risk of congenital heart defects.
GlaxoSmithKline didn’t warn mothers or physicians about these risks and many children suffered the consequences. If your child is a victim of Zofran, we may be able to help you.
Xarelto and the Dangers of Unstoppable Bleeding
Xarelto was touted as an easier alternative to using older blood thinners. Users aren’t’ required to monitor their blood levels to check their risk of bleeding, which means fewer doctors’ appointments. However, there is no antidote to reverse the drugs’ effects, so a person can bleed to death or require extended hospitalization after just one dose.
Certain symptoms can be an indication of dangerous Xarelto internal bleeding, according to an FDA medication guide. These signs may include:
- Frequent nose bleeds
- Unusual gum bleeding
- Unusually heavy menstrual bleeding or vaginal bleeding
- Red, pink or brown urine
- Red or black stool
- Coughing up blood or blood clots
- Vomiting blood or what looks lie coffee grounds
- Headaches, dizziness or weakness
- Pain, swelling or new drainage at wound sites
Invokana Diabetes Drug Linked to Increased Risk of Ketoacidosis
Type 2 diabetes drugs called sodium glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors may lead to a condition known as ketoacidosis, according to a May 2015 Drug Safety Communication by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
SGLT2 inhibitors include the following drugs:
- Invokana (canagliflozin)
- Invokamet (canagliflozin and metformin)
- Farxiga (dapagliflozin and metformin extended-release)
- Jardiance (empagliflozin)
- Glyxambi (empagliflozin and linagliptin)
FDA adverse event reports have shown these inhibitors may increase a patients’ risk of ketoacidosis, which causes the body to produce high levels of blood acids called ketones. This condition can lead to other serious health problems including:
- Kidney damage
- Kidney failure
- Heart attack
Lewis Law Firm, P.C is investigating cases were patients are diagnosed with ketoacidosis while taking SGLT2 inhibitors.
Risperdal’s Embarrassing Side Effect in Boys and Young Men
A 2006 study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology found the hormone prolactin may be significantly elevated in children and teens who take Risperdal, which can result in the development of breasts.
Other dangerous side effects of Risperdal in children and adolescents include:’
- Weight gain
- Involuntary movements associated with tardive dyskinesia
- Diabetes mellitus
- Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
Families weren’t warned that boys and young men who use the drug Risperdal may be at an increased risk of developing gynecomastia, a condition involving abnormal breast growth. This side effect can create a physically and emotionally scarring situation for a young person.
If your child developed gynecomastia while taking Risperdal, it’s important to take action immediately.
Medical Devices and Products
Some medical devices and products have also been shown to do more harm than good. Unfortunately this is usually found out after the medical device or product has been provided to you, the consumer. The FDA doesn’t always have all the information required from the manufacturer of the medical device or product to regulate use properly and explain potential side effects. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered adverse effects or injury from a defective drug, medical device, or product, please contact the Lewis Law Firm today.
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