Dangerous Drugs

What are Dangerous Drugs?

Although all drugs come with side effects and some risk, all prescription drugs must clearly warn patients and their physicians of all the drug’s dangers so they can ultimately decide if the risk of taking the drug is worth improving the condition it is supposed to treat. This is also beneficial so they may be aware as to what aspects of their health they should monitor in order to best decrease the risk to the patient. A few of these drugs include:

Dangerous Drug – Risperdal

This prescription medication is an antipsychotic drug often given to treat serious mental disorders such as autism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and manic depressive disorder. It has been on the market for approximately 30 years but has recently been alleged to cause serious complications. These include the development of breast tissue in males (especially adolescents), movement disorders, and even a serious condition known as neuroleptic malignant syndrome.

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Dangerous Drug – Xarelto

Xarelto is a prescription blood thinner used to prevent clots from forming after knee or hip surgery, to prevent a pulmonary embolism, or to treat an existing one. Unfortunately, serious bleeding events have been associated with Xarelto and can result in permanent organ damage and even death in some patients. Thousands of suits have already been filed against the makers and marketers of this drug, with many others expected to follow.

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Dangerous Drug – Zofran

Patients who undergo serious episodes of nausea and vomiting may be prescribed Zofran to help alleviate symptoms. These patients often include those undergoing grueling cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. Unfortunately, many pregnant mothers who experienced morning sickness were also prescribed Zofran, a condition it was not intended for nor properly vetted for. This resulted in many mothers giving birth to children with serious birth defects including cleft palates and other congenital malformations.

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Dangerous Drug – Invokana

This drug is prescribed mostly to patients with type 2 diabetes. It works by lowering blood sugar levels and eliminating excess blood through the urine. However, the drug has been known to cause severe kidney damage and even kidney failure. It has also been linked to patients lapsing into extended comas and even death.

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Dangerous Drug – Benicar

Benicar is a medication that is used to treat high blood pressure and some forms of heart failure. It works by relaxing the blood vessels but has also been linked to serious side effects. These include heart disease, intestinal disease, birth defects, and other conditions requiring extended and expensive hospital stays.

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