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FAQs

Does Avandia cause heart attacks?

Possibly. While there are no confirmed findings of Avandia causing heart attacks, the FDA reports patients receiving short-term treatment with Avandia may have a 30-40 percent greater risk of heart attack and other heart-related adverse events than patients treated with placebo or other anti-diabetic therapy. Because two-thirds of patients with Type 2 diabetes die from heart problems, any drug that increases this risk may lead to fatal heart conditions.

Does Depakote cause birth defects?

The FDA released reports concluding that the use of Depakote (valproic acid) during the first trimester of pregnancy has been associated with an increased risk of spinal cord defects (e.g., spina bifida) in the fetus. Bleeding and liver problems, as well as other birth defects have been reported too. If you are already pregnant and on valproic acid, call your doctor immediately to discuss your options as quickly stopping valproic acid may lead to harmful effects such as seizures.

Does my doctor need to inform me of all options when it comes to prescription medicines?

You have the right to be told about all alternative courses of treatment, even if your health insurance may not cover them or you may not be able to afford them.

GERD Symptoms

  • Pain in the chest
  • Hoarseness in the morning
  • Trouble swallowing
  • May feel like food is stuck in the throat
  • Choking sensation
  • Persistent dry cough
  • Bad breath

Has Tequin been recalled?

No. Although Bristol-Myers Squibb no longer manufactures the drug, there is no plan to recall existing product in the market. In fact, the manufacturer is warning Tequin users not to stop taking it without first discussing the matter with their doctor.

Has the FDA issued a public health advisory for the Duragesic fentanyl patch?

Yes. In 2004, the FDA issued a public health advisory to alert patients and their caregivers and health care professionals about the following important safety information:

  • Fentanyl skin patches are very strong narcotic (opioid) painkillers that may cause death from overdose. The fentanyl skin patch should always be prescribed at the lowest dose needed for pain relief.
  • Fentanyl skin patches should not be used to treat short-term pain, pain that is not constant, or for pain after an operation. Fentanyl skin patches should only be used by patients who are already taking other narcotic painkillers (opioid tolerant), and who have chronic pain that is not well controlled with shorter-acting painkillers.
  • Patients who are using the fentanyl skin patch and their caregivers should be told about the directions for safe use of the patch and should follow the directions exactly.

Has there been any legal action initiated against the manufacturer of Redux?

Yes. American Home Products Corporation has agreed to a settlement in which the company will compensate injured victims a total of approximately $12 billion. The amount an injured individual receives depends upon the severity of the individual’s heart valve disorder and the age at which the individual was prescribed Redux. Individual damage awards range from several thousands of dollars to $1.5 million.

Has Yaz been recalled?

No, it has not been recalled at this time, but the drug has been the subject of numerous lawsuits around the country and was the target of a warning letter from the FDA that concerned misleading advertising.

Has Zicam been recalled by the FDA?

A Zicam recall has not occurred, but the FDA has recommended that all consumers top using certain Zicam cold remedies.

Have other studies indicated problems with Trasylol?

One other study suggested that Trasylol administration may increase the risk for clot formation within coronary artery bypass grafts. In this study, patients receiving Trasylol were compared with those receiving a placebo. The study reported that patients receiving Trasylol had an increased rate of bypass graft closure.

Have seizures been reported from using Procrit?

Patients with long-term kidney failure may be at increased risk of seizures during the first 3 months of treatment with Procrit, possibly caused by the number of red blood cells increasing too quickly. Therefore, these patients should use caution and avoid activities such as driving or using machinery during this period. Drinking alcohol while on Procrit may also increase the risk of seizures.

Have viruses been associated with taking Procrit?

Patients with long-term kidney failure may be at increased risk of seizures during the first 3 months of treatment with Procrit, possibly caused by the number of red blood cells increasing too quickly. Therefore, these patients should use caution and avoid activities such as driving or using machinery during this period. Drinking alcohol while on Procrit may also increase the risk of seizures.

Have you or someone you loved suffered from taking Non Prescribed Drugs?

In a case where no physician prescribed the drug which caused you injury, but instead you purchased it on your own, you may still have a claim against the drug manufacturer.

Herbal Fen Phen- Dieters Switching to Herbal Fen Phen?

Since the withdrawal of Fen-Phen from the market, “herbal” Fen-Phen has been proposed as an alternative in treating obesity. But the FDA has issued a warning that herbal Fen-Phen has not been shown to be a safe and effective treatment for obesity and may contain ingredients that have been associated with injuries. The main ingredients in most herbal Fen-Phen products are ephedrine and St. John’s wort. Ephedrine acts like amphetamines in stimulating the central nervous system and the heart. Ephedrine promotes weight loss in part by increasing the body’s temperature, and when this happens, the body burns more calories. Ephedrine use has been associated with high blood pressure, heart rhythm irregularities, strokes, insomnia, seizures tremors, and nervousness.

How can I tell if I have ONJ?

The symptoms of ONJ include:

  • An irregular sore with exposed bone in either the upper or the lower jaw
  • Pain in the infected jaw
  • Loosening of teeth
  • Evidence of infection, including fever and possible pus discharge
  • Numbness, tingling, or other sensation changes

How can I tell if I have ONJ?

The symptoms of ONJ include:

  • An irregular sore with exposed bone in either the upper or the lower jaw
  • Pain in the infected jaw
  • Inflammation and swelling in the infected jaw
  • Loosening of teeth
  • Evidence of infection, including fever and possible pus discharge
  • Numbness, tingling, or other sensation changes

How can I tell if I’ve ingested a dangerous amount of Ephedra?

Ephedra side effects usually occur at above average doses, but can occur at even normal doses. They may include fast heartbeat, anxiety, and jitterness. Harsher side effects are generally only seen at doses above recommended level and include high blood pressure, vomiting and very fast heartbeat.

How can Xolair be on the market if it’s causing dangerous side effects?

Several drugs remain on the market while they are being scrutinized. While the dangers could be present with its use, Xolair has shown itself to work for some patients. There is no hard-and-fast standard that dictates when a drug will be recalled – when its risks outweigh its benefits, it will no longer be available. Experts are still determining the answer to this equation with Xolair.

How do antihistamines work?

In allergic reactions, special allergy cells in the body release a chemical called histamine. Histamine causes rashes, sneezing, itching and runniness of the nose, and other features of allergic ailments. It does this by causing blood vessels to widen and leak, nerves to itch, secretions to pour from the lining of the nose or lungs, and in a variety of other ways. Antihistamines are chemicals which look enough like histamine to fool the cells of the body, but not enough like histamine to make the cells of the body do the things which cause allergy symptoms. In short, antihistamines stop histamine from working in the body.

How do cancer cells affect bones?

It is possible in some patients for cancer cells to spread from its original site, i.e. the breast(s) to the bones. The cancer cells then grow into small tumors which release chemicals that upset the normal balance between bone formation (osteoblast cells) and bone reabsorption (osteoclast cells). These chemicals stimulate osteoclasts to excessively reabsorb bone, release calcium into the blood stream, and reduce bone density, leading to holes in the bones and weakness. Weak bones lead to bone pain and fracture.