Modern medicine has extended the lifespan of people considerably, and that includes drugs that address pain, infections, neurological conditions, and so on and so forth. Without modern pharmaceuticals, it would be very easy to die from conditions that we don’t even take seriously today. However, it is also undeniable that some drugs, especially prescription drugs, have serious side effects that are sometimes worse than the original condition is it designed to treat.
Take Depakote (divalproex sodium), for example. It manages epileptic seizures as well as some symptoms of bipolar disorder. Some studies associate it with increased cognitive abilities. However, as discussed on the website of law firm Williams Kherkher, it also causes serious side effects. Most particularly, Depakote should not be prescribed for pregnant women to treat migraine headaches as it is linked to higher risk of birth defects that include spina bifida, malformation of the skull and face, and brain defects.
Another drug that is causing issues with some patients is Risperdal (risperidone) which is prescribed to treat the symptoms of autism, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. It has also been prescribed for unapproved uses such as to manage symptoms of dementia in older patients. The website of the Risperdal lawyers from Williams Kherkher says that there have been documented instances where patients have developed adverse side effects including gynecomastia (development of breasts in males) and pancreatitis, among many other conditions.
It is unfortunate that these side effects should occur, but if doctors and patients are fully informed about them, then they can make an informed decision when weighing the pros and cons of taking prescription drugs. The failure of drug makers to give adequate warning, or even suppressing information that involves the safety of patients, is a serious breach of their duty of care.
If you have been seriously injured from using dangerous drugs because you were not fully informed about the possible consequences, you may have a claim against the drug manufacturer. However, engaging a big drug company in a legal battle can be difficult. Find an experienced dangerous pharmaceuticals lawyer in your state to take up the cudgels for you.