June 24th, 2019|
Whether you take a medication that was prescribed by your doctor or that you purchased over the counter at your local drug store, you expect it to be safe and to help you feel better. But as many drug injury victims have learned, that’s not always the case.
Drug manufacturers spend billions of dollars researching and developing their products, and they’re determined to recoup those expenses. That means they may hide or fail to report known side effects and potentially dangerous complications caused by their medications to make sure the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves them. The health problems associated with drug injuries can range anywhere from minor to life threatening.
If you or someone you love takes a prescription or over-the-counter medication, it’s important to be on the lookout for the potential signs of a drug injury. Common symptoms include:
- Sudden pain—Pain with a sudden onset is often a clear indicator that something is wrong inside the body. In the case of drug injuries, it may indicate organ damage or internal bleeding.
- Blood clots, heart attack, and stroke—Multiple drugs are linked to potentially fatal cardiovascular events, including Type 2 diabetes drugs, birth control medications, and more.
- Birth defects—Unborn children are at risk of suffering serious birth defects when their mothers take certain medications, including many types of popular antidepressants.
If you suspect a drug injury, get medical attention right away. Never stop taking a medication without speaking to your doctor first.