Most people accept the fact that there are side effects for almost all prescription medications. Often, these side effects are minor or only effect a small percentage of the population. But doctors and pharmaceutical companies still have a responsibility to the public to protect them from dangerous or defective drugs. Here are some popular prescription medications that can come with some serious side effects, courtesy of Men’s Health:
- Ambien. This popular prescription medication is a sleep aid, although it is becoming well known for its serious side effects. Some of the effects include “sleep eating,” memory loss and other odd behavior in general. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made the company add this label to Ambien’s Medication Guide: “After taking AMBIEN, you may get up out of bed while not being fully awake and do an activity that you do not know you are doing. The next morning, you may not remember that you did anything during the night.” Yikes.
- Chantix. This one is supposed to help patients who are trying to stop smoking. Chantix is used to help curb cravings for cigarettes. According to one study with over 3,000 participants, patients reported feeling suicidal thoughts and depression. The FDA issued the following warning for patients prescribed this medication: “Serious neuropsychiatric events have been reported in patients taking CHANTIX—as well as a lengthy list of side effects, including: serious skin reactions, cardiovascular events, night terrors, insomnia, nervous system disorder and eye disorders.” Okay, so maybe night eating doesn’t sound so bad after all.
Have you or a loved one experienced side effects from any of these drugs? You may be entitled to damages.
Wooten, Kimbrough & Normand—Orlando personal injury attorneys.