Drug Injury Lawyers in Houston
Houston Drug Injuries
You would think that if a doctor prescribes you a medication you could count on it being safe, but that is not always the case. Many new cases are brought every year involving injury and even death as the result of the side effects from prescription drugs. Often times, even doctors are kept in the dark about the real health risks involved with taking them and don't think for a second that this is an accident.
True, drug manufacturers provide exhaustive lists of side effects people may experience taking their products, but there are often other, far more serious, side effects that they either know about or learn about through further research that are never shared with consumers or doctors. It then becomes the job of agencies like the FDA to monitor and make further recommendations about their usages.
The variables associated with drug interactions and side effects are so many that guaranteeing any medication's safety is not a realistic expectation. Here are some common prescription drugs and their possible harmful side effects. If you have experienced any of these, seek the advice of a physician immediately.
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
People suffering from acid reflux disease, particularly Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease (or “GERD”) seek relief through the use of PPIs. Popular ones include brands such as Nexium and Prevacid, among others. PPIs have a tendency to over-regulate production of acid in the stomach, blocking the absorption of essential nutrients. This drastically depletes the nutritional effectiveness of an alarming amount of the food the patient eats and the nutritional supplements he or she takes.
These drugs keep the stomach from producing acid in useful and normal amounts which leads to many gastrointestinal tract problems, some of which can be very serious. They have also been shown to cause long list of dangerous side effects that include severe diarrhea, vitamin deficiencies, anemia and unwanted weight gain.
Doctors prescribe statins to regulate cholesterol and prevent heart disease. While they are effective, the risks of taking them outweigh the benefits to a large degree. Lipitor and Crestor are two statins that have each earned less than glowing reputations. In fact, their benefits have been deemed to be questionable at very best and the FDA has issued a laundry list of warnings concerning them.
Statins elevate risk of developing diabetes and have been linked to liver disease. They are a common element in new cases of muscular atrophy. Worse still, there is absolutely no evidence, clinical or otherwise to suggest that these drugs are any more effective than proper diet and exercise for their intended purposes.
Drugs like Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycodone are derivatives of classic opiates like morphine. They are powerful pain killers and they are highly addictive. More people die each year from taking legally-obtained opioids than do those who die from overdoses of illegal drugs like heroin or cocaine.
If you have become injured or are suffering any kind of health problem resulting from taking a prescription drug, call an experienced Houston personal injury attorney for help recovering damages for your injury.