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    Nov 17, 2017
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    Rx drugs you should know about
    Rx Drugs You Should Know About
    in Product Liability, JT Legal Group Blog

    Prescription Drugs You Should Know About

    Prescription drugs are prescribed to billions (maybe more) of patients throughout the world. In the event these medications don’t end up fulfilling their initial purpose, many patients either come into this realization when it’s too late – or with absolutely no knowledge of what their options are. Fortunately, the successful legal team at JT Legal Group has been assisting victims of these harmful drugs. Below, we’ll go over some of the Rx drug lawsuits we assist with. Note, if you or a loved one has been negatively impacted by one of these medications, please contact your doctor and attorney immediately. While we don’t recommend taking these drugs, stopping consumption of this drug (or others) may threaten your health. Before making any changes to your medication, please consult with your doctor.


    Invokana

    The anti-diabetic drug is primarily used to treat type-2 Diabetes. Users have been given the opportunity to purchase Invokana in 2013. Since then, patients were instructed to consume the drug while maintaining a proper diet and exercise. The “Canagliflozin” functions by maintaining sugar levels by passing such through the patient’s urine. While the drug has helped some, others have experienced:

      • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
      • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
      • Genital thrush (yeast infections in both males and females)
      • Urinary Tract Infections
      • Polyuria (increased urgency to use the bathroom)
      • Constipation
      • Nausea
      • Dehydration (increased thirst)
      • Increases in (LDL) Cholesterol
      • Faint spells (passing out)
      • Bone fractures
      • Limb amputations (often the leg or foot)
      • Ketoacidosis (body produces excess blood acids [ketones])
      • Renal Toxicity
      • Kidney failure
      • Depression
      • Heart disease
      • Stroke
      • Nerve damage; and/or
      • Blurred or impaired changes in vision

    The above-mentioned effects were found based on a study from the FDA’s publication that was released earlier this year in May 2017. The The study also further elaborated as to how the drug increases patient’s risk of losing an arm, leg, or foot. Diabetic patients should be aware of this potentially harmful drug. Otherwise, such may cost you an arm or a leg.


    Nexium and Prilosec

    These proton-pump inhibitors are prescribed to patients who suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Patients who suffer from this condition usually take Nexium or Prilosec in hopes of suppressing their gas-related symptoms. Approximately 15 million Americans use proton pump inhibitors. However, as many as 25% of long-term users could stop taking the medication without suffering increased heartburn or acid reflux, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. Nexium’s website clearly notes that the drug is “…clinically used to treat acid-related symptoms, but you could still have serious stomach problems.” The following are additional health risks associated with the consumption of Nexium:

      • Chronic kidney disease
      • Kidney failure / nephritis (kidney inflammation)
      • Bone Fractures
      • Cardiac disorders
      • Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B-12) Deficiency
      • Hypomagnesemia
      • Dementia
      • Peptic ulcer disease: a gap in the lining of the stomach, esophagus or intestine
      • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): a chronic condition where the mucosa is damaged by stomach acid coming up from the stomach into the esophagus; the main symptom is heartburn. Nexium's reduction of stomach acid eases the symptoms of GERD and prevents damage to the esophagus
      • Hypomagnesmia
      • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome: a pancreatic tumor that overstimulates the production of stomach acid

    As if the above-mentioned effects weren’t enough, other patients have experienced dizziness, jerking muscle movements, cramps, and even seizures. Elder patients are at risk of developing dementia.


    Onglyza and Kombiglyze

    Onglyza and Kombiglyze were released to the public in 2009 shortly after drugmaker AstraZeneca received the approval from the FDA. Patients who consume the drug, do so in hopes of increasing their body’s incretins, thus assisting in the flow of insulin after regular meals. Unfortunately, these Diabetic patients have had the trouble of going through some of the following symptoms:

      • Severe or ongoing pain within their joints,
      • Pain or burning when urinating; or
      • Heart problems – difficulty breathing, shortness of breath (even when lying down), feeling weak or tired, rapid weight gain, and/or swelling (especially within the feet, midsection, ankles or legs).
      • Heart failure
      • Pancreatitis
      • Pancreatic cancer
      • Thyroid cancer

    Unfortunately, AstraZeneca didn’t make the warning labels on their drugs too clear – the risk of enduring these symptoms is increased with Onglyza and Kombiglyzes’ consumers. Today, lawsuits are being filed against the pharmaceutical company for the following two reasons:

      1. To seek compensation for alleged Onglyza injury losses including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering; and
      2. A wrongful death claim filed by the loved one of a person who allegedly passed away from taking the medication, Onglyza.


    Risperdal

    This antipsychotic drug has been around since 1993. Since then, doctors have prescribed the drug to treat an age array of young boys and men who endure Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, and even Autism. Unfortunately, those who were prescribed the medicine endure a number of unwanted side effects including:

      • Risk of extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS): disorders in moving bodily functions including stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow/repetitive involuntary movements.
      • Risk of increased hormone malfunctions, including leakage in nipples, and males’ breasts to grow abnormally larger than usual (Gynecomastia)
      • Consistent blood tests must be occurred
      • Increased risk of cholesterol or blood sugar problems
      • Hallucinations – imagined voices or visuals that seem realistic
      • Delusions – believing things that are clearly not true (ex: other people can read your inner thoughts); and
      • Loss of motivation and communication skills

    Risperdal can be prescribed from those anywhere from the age of 5 – 50. Though the drug is more familiarly used with those of young age (5 years – 16 years), the warning should be more prominently displayed.


    Xarelto

    Since 2011, drug-maker Johnson & Johnson’s Hanssen Pharmaceuticals released the top-selling, blood-thinning drug, Xarelto. Bringing in nearly $2.29 billion in 2016, the drug is used in hopes of tending to patients undergoing hip and knee replacement surgery to prevent deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, low blood pressure (non-valvular atrial fibrillation), heart rhythm disorder (atrial fibrillation), and help prevent the risk of stroke. Much like the other drugs listed in this blog, Xarelto too has its side effects. Some in which, are adverse. The following are a few adverse side effects from taking Xarelto:

      • Surgery Complications (injections, leakage associated with hip & knee),
      • Bleeding within the Brain (Intracranial Hemorrhages)
      • Abdominal Hemorrhages
      • Retinal Hemorrhages
      • Excessive Blood Loss
      • Stroke
      • Increased Risk of Hematoma (swelling of clotted blood within the tissues)
      • Swelling of Lower Limbs; and
      • Difficulty Breathing.

    The risk of internal bleeding poses a serious threat among Janssens’ array of thousands of consumers. Several lawsuits have already been filed in light of Xarelto’s adverse effects, much like the case of Ms. Orr’s death in 2015. Her husband, Joseph Orr and their children filed a lawsuit against the drug-maker. Xarelto merely defeated the purpose of trying to heal Ms. Orr’s atrial fibrillation when instead, the drug ended up giving Ms. Orr a stroke. Based on inadequate information provided by Bayer, a doctor decided to wait 12 hours before operating on Mrs. Orr, fearing she would bleed out. Ms. Orr passed away May 4 2015, despite the surgery.


    Were You Negatively Affected By these Drugs?

    Everyone is different, therefore everyone's body reacts differently to prescription drugs. However, if you were one of the souls to have to endure any of the above pains, we can help. Many patients and drug consumers are usually unaware of what options they have available to them during their time of need. The successful legal team at JT Legal Group is familiar with these cases, and work diligently to gain you a settlement for your suffering. Don't let these harmful drugs hurt you, or anyone else. It's time to seek justice properly, call now.



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