Prescription drugs aren’t always safe. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recalled a number of prescription drugs and many drugs are under review because research has linked the drugs to dangerous side effects. Here’s a list of 10 potentially dangerous prescription drugs on the U.S. market today.
Low Testosterone Drugs
Research has linked low testosterone drugs to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Researchers published their results in November 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association as well as in PLOS One in 2014.
The FDA warns that after taking this drug, patients may get out of bed while not fully awake. The patient may then do an activity without being aware of doing it such as sleep driving or sleepwalking.
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
One of the major potential side effects of SSRIs is reduced blood clotting abililty. These are the most prescribed SSRIs.
Methotrexate has some severe potential side effects. While rare, cirrhosis of the liver is a possible side effect, though this is more likely in patients who already have existing liver problems or who are taking other drugs that may be toxic to the liver, reports the American College of Rheumatology. The drug may also increase the risk of serious birth defects if women take the drug while pregnant.
Avandia & Actos
Avandia and Actos are diabetes drugs. Avandia may present an increased risk of heart attack and Actos may present an increased risk of heart failure and bladder cancer. In fact, the FDA restricts doctors from prescribing Avandia unless other diabetes medications have failed to be effective.
Prednisone and other corticosteroid medications can be effective in treating a variety of medical conditions. But there are certain side effects of which patients should be aware. There are different delivery methods for these drugs (oral, inhaled, injected, etc.) and the side effects depend on the type of delivery.
Some examples of side effects of oral corticosteroids include the following.
- High blood pressure
Pradaxa is a blood-thinning drug that doctors prescribe for its anti-clotting benefits. But there is no antidote to the drug like there is for Warfarin, where doctors may administer vitamin K to reverse the effects if necessary. This can put some patients at risk of bleeding-related deaths.
Xanax is a type of tranquilizer drug used to treat anxiety. Unfortunately, such drugs are widely abused and linked to serious dependency issues. It is also an FDA category D drug, meaning that it can cause harm to an unborn baby so pregnant women should not take it.
Statins for Cholesterol Reduction
Statins help patients lower their cholesterol, but some may come with potentially serious side effects. Some may suffer muscle pain and in rare cases, rhabdomyolysis.
Rhabdomyolysis is muscle damage that may also cause the following.
- Liver damage
- Kidney failure
- Death (in the most severe cases)
Researchers publishing in the European Heart Journal found that beta blockers may be responsible for 800,000 deaths in Europe over a five-year time period. However, the journal retracted the article because it did not undergo a peer review.
Contact an Attorney if You Suffered Harm from a Dangerous Drug
If you suffered harm because of a dangerous drug, talk to an attorney to review your legal options for recovering damages. Contact the team at Reyes, Browne & Reilley today at 214-526-7900.