Phoenix Drug Injury Lawyer
When your doctor prescribes you a new medication, it is reasonable to wonder if that drug is safe. With so many new cases of injury and death being brought every day due to prescription drug side effects, it is important that you are aware of your rights. If you believe that you have become sick or injured due to a prescription drug side effect, a Phoenix drug injury lawyer can help you determine if you are entitled to recover damages.
Even though drug manufacturers provide lists of possible side effects, you likely still have legal recourse if you suffer sickness or injury taking them. Drug companies often release products onto the market knowing that they have serious side effects. Those side effects carry so many variables; it can be difficult to ever guarantee the overall safety of a particular medication. Here are some common prescription drug categories which carry possibly actionable side effects.
Opioid Pain Killers
Opioid pain killers are responsible for the deaths of more people annually than heroin and cocaine combined. Common opioids include codeine, morphine, Vicodin, Oxycodone and Percocet. Accidental overdoses are common they are highly addictive.
Statins are used to combat high cholesterol and heart disease. While effective for those purposes, they also carry some very disturbing side effects. The reputations of statins, such as Lipitor and Crestor, are questionable at best, and each has earned a long list of warnings from the FDA regarding possible complications and side effects.
Statins also present an elevated risk of diabetes, liver disease, brain damage, and muscular atrophy. They purport to treat some of the causes of heart attack and stroke, but there is currently no clinical evidence to support any claim that they can do either any better than a well-monitored diet and exercise regimen.
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
Millions of Americans take a PPI for relief from gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and various other forms of acid reflux disease. Popular PPIs include Nexium and Prevacid, along with other brand-name and generic variants. PPIs have been shown to over-regulate stomach acid and block absorption of nutrients, greatly depleting the nutritional usefulness of many foods and supplements.
PPIs block the stomach from producing the right amount of acid. This leads to a number of gastrointestinal tract complications. They also have been linked to a long list of side effects including increased risk of severe bacterial diarrhea, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, decrease in bone mass, and unwanted weight gain.
Selective Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
Also known as antidepressants, SSRIs like Paxil, Lexapro, Prozac and Zoloft have been used by millions, but they all carry some disturbing side effects. Suicidal tendencies and violent mood swings are common and they have been linked to sexual dysfunction, stomach ulcers and even heart disease. In some cases, they can even make depression symptoms worse.
Get Help from Experienced Phoenix Drug Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one are taking or have taken any of these medications and believe you are suffering from any of the related side effects, see your doctor immediately, then contact a Phoenix drug injury attorney with a track record of winning prescription drug-related cases.
At Zinda Law Group, our Phoenix drug injury attorneys have helped many clients seek compensation for damages related to prescription drugs. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our Phoenix drug injury lawyers. Meetings with attorneys by appointment only.