Too many patients make the mistake of thinking that if a doctor prescribes a drug, it is safe. In some cases, the risks actually may outweigh the benefits, or the doctor may not even explain to the patient the potential side effects.
One commonly prescribed drug is Warfarin (Coumadin), which is a blood thinner. Although it is taken to prevent strokes and heart attacks, it has been shown to increase the risk of hemorrhaging and may cause a range of vascular, gastrointestinal and respiratory disorders.
Statins are commonly prescribed to lower cholesterol and help prevent heart disease. However, they have been linked to an increased risk of liver damage and memory loss.
Anti-depressants, prescribed for a variety of mental health issues such as depression, can also have severe adverse effects. These depend on the specific type of drug taken but can include dizziness, increased heart rate, blurred vision, elevated blood pressure and extreme fatigue.
While virtually every drug has some potential side effects, there are some drugs that are more dangerous. Before taking a new medication or changing the dose, a doctor should inform you about these risks.
Injuries caused by a dangerous drug could lead to the filing of a claim. You may be able to hold a doctor, pharmacist, hospital or another medical provider liable.
Contacting a Louisville Medical Malpractice Lawyer
A Louisvillemedical malpractice lawyer at Gray and White can help you handle every aspect of your medication error claim. If you’ve become the victim of a medication error in Kentucky, contact us today for a free evaluation of your case – 1-888-450-4456 or 1-502-210-8942.