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Dangerous Drugs

You may need a New York personal injury lawyer if you have suffered an illness or injury after taking certain medications. Many prescription medications have come under scrutiny lately because of their links to serious injuries and illnesses. While direct associations have not yet been established, scientific evidence is showing that statins, anti-hyperglycemic, and osteoporosis drugs may raise the risk of diabetes, muscle disorders, fractures, and certain cancers.

Statins are medications that are often prescribed to treat high cholesterol in people whose lipid levels fail to respond to diet, exercise, and weight loss. If you have liver disease, statins may not be an appropriate treatment for your lipid abnormalities because they can raise your liver enzymes and cause liver damage. They may also cause a serious, painful muscle injury disorder known as rhabdomyolysis, as well as raising the risk for diabetes.

If you have osteoporosis, your doctor may have prescribed medications known as bisphosphonates to help prevent fractures. There may be a link between bisphosphonates and femur fractures, and the drug has also been implicated in a condition known as osteonecrosis of the jaw, which causes parts of the jaw bone to become exposed. While other medical conditions and treatments can cause osteonecrosis, its link to bisphosphonates cannot be ruled out. Bisphosphonates have also been associated with esophageal cancer, however, a strong association has not been established.

Another medication that has been linked with serious illness is pioglitazone, which is used in the treatment of diabetes. This medication has been linked to an increased risk for bladder cancer. While smoking, family history, and exposure to toxic chemicals may be stronger risk factors than taking pioglitazone, this medication may increase your risk, despite the absence of other risk factors.

Here is an incomplete list of drugs that have a record of reported adverse side effects. If you believe that you have experienced any adverse side effects after taking a prescription, or non-prescription drug, contact a medical specialist immediately.

  • Acetaminophen
  • Avandia
  • Baycol
  • Celebrex
  • Celexa
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydroxycut
  • Lamisil
  • Lipitor
  • Methadone
  • Oxycontin
  • Paxil
  • Tequin
  • Topamax
  • Vioxx
  • Zicam
  • Zyban