Increased Risk Associated with Xarelto

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Defective Pharmaceuticals, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Anticoagulants, or blood thinners, are considered a dangerous group of drugs since they increase the likelihood of bleeding when an injury occurs. Popular blood thinner Xarelto is currently involved in a lawsuit that accuses the drug manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson and Bayer, of not warning against the excessive and possible fatal bleeding incidents that the Xarelto can cause. While all blood thinners are dangerous, there are preventive methods that may limit the risk of bleeding incidents associated with anticoagulants.

It is important to only take blood thinners when a physician prescribes the medication and strictly in the dosage given. It is a common occurrence that individuals fail to fill their prescription or decide to stop taking the prescribed drug without consulting a doctor prior. The act of stopping Xarelto before speaking with a physician places a patient at greater risk of stroke and cardiovascular problems.

Some doctors will prescribe Xarelto to be taken in tandem with other medications. Drugs that may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with Xarelto include aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, warfarin sodium, heparin, and other medicines that prevent blood clots.

Aspirin is commonly prescribed with Xarelto but can cause severe bleeding incidents such as fatal hemorrhaging. Warning signs of complications resulting from mixing the two medications include unusual bruising, dizziness, red or black stools, coughing or vomiting blood, or general weakness.

According to estimates, around 7 million people are prescribed Xarelto. The popularity of the drug, while helpful to millions in overcoming serious medical issues, also presents the danger of causing millions more to suffer unwarranted side effects. If you have taken Xarelto while prescribed other medications and experienced harmful side effects as a result, consult with an attorney in your area about your legal options.

Read More

Adverse Reactions to Medication and Surgical Errors

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Defective Pharmaceuticals, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Topamax | 0 comments

Often medicines can be an ally to bodies seeking quick recovery. As the medical field advances symptoms of many health complications, like epilepsy, can be improved with pharmaceutical remedies.

Topamax is a medicine manufactured by Johnson and Johnson that can reduce occurrences of seizures and migraines in patients that suffer from epileptic episodes and frequent and severe headaches. Like any medication though, patients must be informed of the risks. Topamax can cause complications to forming fetuses if taken by a pregnant woman. According to the website of the Williams Kherkher Law Firm, Topamax has caused fetal damage ranging from cleft lip, cleft palate, and Hypospadias. Often all of these defects can be reversed, allowing the infant to make a full recovery. In many cases when these defects occur, families that were under-informed of the risks seek legal help in order to gain compensation from the prescriber.

In some cases patients have conditions that require more attention than a prescription for medication. In the most urgent of cases when a surgery is required, the risks correlate directly with the reward. When a surgery is successful, the expensive patient costs and medical efforts payoff. Likewise, when a surgical procedure goes awry, the damages and recovery can double the patient’s cost and sense of hopelessness. Surgical errors such as lack of oxygen, infection, bleeding, and wrong site surgery prove to be expensive for patients monetarily and emotionally. In more serious cases these complications can even span from stroke, paralysis, brain injury, to death. Like patients who are the victims of adverse pharmaceutical reactions, victims of surgical errors who seek financial compensation often rely on legal help as their advocates.

Read More