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>Medication Lawsuits: Potential Attorney Goldmines

>Over the next several months we will highlight different treatments and/or medications that have histories of complications and side affects.

In making known the significant negative affects on the body of various pharmaceuticals, it is hoped that you can avoid taking medication into your body to which you may react negatively and that may harm your body. However, it is up to you to recognize the signs and symptoms and to get to your doctor immediately with the side affects you are experiencing. This column is information only and is no substitute for proper medical care. We advise against self treating.

It is also up to you to use medications only in the way, and with the properly prescribed doses, that the doctor advises. In medicine, taking the wrong dose (or more of a medication) could be dangerous or even fatal. More can be detrimental to your body.

This, of course, should never be the case when you are treating with competent physicians. However, the truth is that patients mix things up — and even doctors occasionally malpractice, in fact more often than anyone would like to admit.

Continue to follow this column as we develop it. Advise your friends and family members also to read it and to compare what their doctors have prescribed and the attendant symptoms they may be experiencing. By all means, talk to your doctor immediately if any of these contra-signs appear.

This column is not a substitute for receiving advice from doctors and should not be relied on as an end-all or a complete review of the medication. We are not medical people, only journalists and we cannot be held liable for your condition, for treatment of such, or for your own negligence in receiving competent care. We hereby reserve all rights in this matter and cannot be held liable or responsible for your failure to immediately consult your doctor when negative side affects appear or for failure to seek competent treatment in a timely manor for problems associated with any condition you are or may be experiencing, or for any condition you now have or will have in taking medication or following doctor advice. Consider this article and site an informational only and nothing more. We are not responsible or liable for information or misinformation from any other web site or from dealers, manufacturers, doctors or other parties and practitioners in any manor or for their treatment of your medical condition.

Drug manufacturers have a duty to make sure that medications they sell are not unreasonably dangerous and contain sufficient warnings about dangerous side effects so that physicians and patients can evaluate the risks and benefits before taking the medication. In many cases pharmaceutical companies fail to take simple steps to protect consumers when they place profits before people’s safety.
Side effect lawsuits are investigated nationwide for users of the following medications who suffered an injury.

1. LEVAQUIN
LEVAQUIN is a broad-spectrum quinolone antibiotic used in adults to treat lung, sinus, skin, and urinary tract infections caused by certain germs called bacteria.

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How does LEVAQUIN work?
LEVAQUIN is concentration-dependent, meaning it kills bacteria most efficiently when the right amount of medicine has been absorbed into your body. LEVAQUIN Tablets are available in 3 different strengths (250 mg, 500 mg, 750 mg). Your prescriber shoulde select the most appropriate strength and duration of therapy for your infection. However, if you have one of the following conditions erupt following use of Levaquin, file a medical claim and consider getting legal advice:
a) tendinitis and tendon rupture in all ages: This risk is further increased in older patients usually over 60 years of age, in patients taking corticosteroid drugs, and in patients wit h kidney, heart, or lung transplants.
b) allergic reactions: if you have hypersensitivity to LEVAQUIN® or other quinolone antibiotics. Serious and occasionally fatal allergic reactions, as well as some of unknown origin, have been reported in patients receiving therapy with quinolones, including LEVAQUIN®. These reactions may occur following the first dose or multiple doses. The drug should be discontinued at the first appearance of a skin rash, hives, or other symptoms of an allergic reaction. Skin rash may be a sign of a more serious reaction to LEVAQUIN®.
c) liver damage (hepatotoxicity): Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained symptoms such as: nausea or vomiting, stomach pain, fever, weakness, abdominal pain or tenderness, itching, unusual or unexplained tiredness, loss of appetite, light colored bowel movements, dark colored urine or yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.
d) convulsions: Tell your physician if you have a history of convulsions. Central nervous system disorders including convulsions, confusion, insomnia, depression, and anxiety may occur after the first dose. You should talk to your physician right away if you experience these or other changes in mood or behavior.
e) changes in sensation: This is a sign of possible nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) including pain, burning, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness have been reported.
f) diahrea: that usually ends after treatment is a common problem caused by antibiotics. An intestinal infection (pseudomembranous colitis) can happen with most antibiotics, including LEVAQUIN®. Call your physician right away if you get watery diarrhea, diarrhea that does not go away, or bloody stools (with or without stomach cramps and fever). This can occur during or up to 2 months after the use of antibiotics.
g) abnormal heart rhythms: happens in a few people using LEVAQUIN®, or other antibiotics. Tell your doctor if you have a history of or currently have low potassium levels, abnormal heart rhythms, or are taking any medications for abnormal heart rhythms.
h) skin sensative: to the sun (photosensitivity) and the light from sunlamps and tanning beds. You could get severe sunburn, blisters, or swelling of your skin. Excessive exposure to the sun or UV light should be avoided.
i) blood glucose disturbances: reported with use of quinolones, usually in diabetic patients taking an oral anti-diabetes medicines or insulin.
If you develop any of these symptoms or side effects discussed above, contact your health care professional as soon as possible.
Antacids containing magnesium or aluminum, as well as sucralfate, metal cations such as iron, and multivitamin preparations with zinc, or Videx®* (didanosine) chewable/buffered tablets or the pediatric powder for oral solution, should not be taken within 2 hours before or after LEVAQUIN® administration. If you are taking warfarin, concurrent treatment with LEVAQUIN® has been associated with episodes of bleeding. Your physician should monitor you for evidence of bleeding and also monitor your anticoagulation tests closely.
LEVAQUIN® should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions from LEVAQUIN® in nursing infants, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.
The risk-benefit assessment indicates that LEVAQUIN® is only appropriate in pediatric patients > 6 months of age for treatment of inhalational anthrax (post-exposure). An increased chance of problems with the joints and tissues around the joints has been observed in pediatric patients receiving LEVAQUIN® and the safety in pediatric patients treated for more than 14 days has not been studied.
The most common adverse drug reactions (>3%) in US clinical trials were nausea, headache, diarrhea, insomnia, constipation, and dizziness.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit http://www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
This product is available by prescription only. For information on Warnings, Precautions, Adverse Reactions Drug Interactions, and Use in Specific Populations, please see Medication Guide and full Product Information, including Boxed Warning.
* Videx is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
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