Zofran Dangers Hidden from Pregnant Women

Kay Van Wey helps victims of birth defects caused by Zofran.

Zofran is an anti-nausea drug which has been widely marketed to pregnant women as a morning sickness remedy. Lawsuits are being filed against the manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, alleging that they concealed their knowledge that the drug could cause serious birth defects and marketed the drug to pregnant women without approval from the FDA.

80 percent of women suffer from nausea or vomiting during their pregnancy, often referred to as “morning sickness”. This can become quite severe, so several women turned to Zofran to keep themselves and their babies safe. Instead, the babies suffered from severe birth defects that would have a profound impact on their future.

Birth defects that have been linked to Zofran include:

  • Heart defects (holes in the heart)
  • Cleft lip
  • Cleft palate
  • Club foot
  • Craniosynostosis (skull deformities)

The legal claims brought against Glaxo center around the cause of birth defects and whether the drugmaker is liable for injuries that were suffered by babies whose mothers took the drug. Prior to getting FDA approval, GSK had not conducted any studies on the effects of the drug on pregnant women.

In 1992, GSK began receiving adverse reaction reports of birth defects which were associated with Zofran. However, GSK never disclosed these reports to pregnant women or their physicians. There have also been medical studies which have proven a link between an increased risk of a baby being born with birth defects when the mother has taken Zofran.

Pregnant women would never have taken Zofran if they had known of the danger to their unborn child. However, we wonder if GSK didn’t want women to know because it it would have decreased their profits from the sale of Zofran.

Learn more about dangerous drugs and secrets of the pharmaceutical companies by downloading this free resource: Prescription Drug Safety: 10 Secrets the Pharmaceutical Companies DON’T Want You to Know

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Dangerous Opioid Side Effects Lead to Death

Opioid pain killers cause death

Opioid medications have been used for hundreds of years to treat both pain and mental problems. In the last 20 years, however, there has been a 600% increase in opioid prescribing in the United States. Though America accounts for only 4.6% of the world population, we consume 80% of the world’s opioids. This has led to to a huge increase in opioid addiction and deaths from overdosing.

Some believe that this increase in prescribing is due to the belief that medical professionals hold that opioids are safer than other pain medication alternatives. This is simply not the case. Opioids are extremely dangerous and are taking entirely too many innocent lives. Doctors must use better judgement when prescribing them.

Opioid side effects

Though opioids are very helpful in treatment of pain, they have many negative side effects that are often not considered upon prescribing them. Side effects can include:

  • Gastrointestinal – Constipation, nausea and vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Impaired recovery from injury or surgery – Opioids following injury actually delay recovery and increase the risk of permanent damage.
  • Psychological and Physical Side-effects – Opioids taken before and after surgery can affect recovery time and outcome, and can lead to depression.
  • Cognitive impairment – Larger doses of opioids lead to drowsiness, lethargy, reduced spatial memory capacity, impaired performance in working memory, and even death.
  • Respiratory depression – Opioids adversely affect the respiratory system. High doses of opioids induce sleep and slow down breathing. This often leads to suffocation and death, and is the reason that so many overdoses occur.

Abuse that Leads to Death

Opioids account for more deaths than any other medication. More than 16,000 people die each year from an opioid overdose.

Many who lose their lives are taking opioids that were not prescribed to them. Opioids may even be responsible for many more deaths than we think because the deaths are frequently attributed to other causes. Opioid abuse often progresses to intravenous use, which may result in HIV or hepatitis C infections. Abuse of these drugs leads to impairment that can be responsible for car accidents, falls and more.

If you, a friend or a loved one is abusing opioids, do all that you can to find them help. Awareness of the dangerous side effects just may lead to fewer serious injuries and deaths.

 

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Toxic Antibiotics Continue to Destroy Lives

FLQ Antibiotic Risks

I read an article today about a vibrant 33-year old man, musician, and personal trainer who was in the prime of his life when a very preventable tragedy struck. Today, he can barely play his guitar without suffering in pain.

His whole life changed last summer when he ended up in the emergency room with what was thought to be colitis. He was prescribed Ciprofloxin (generic form of Cipro), a very dangerous fluoroquinolone antibiotic that has been linked to peripheral neuropathy. He was unaware of the risks and began taking the prescription immediately, as he was instructed to do by the doctor.

He began feeling very fatigued every time he would stand. He heard constant ringing in his ears, had trouble walking, and his shoulders and tendons were aching. Stories like these are increasing and can be found just about anywhere you research the dangers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Now, it’s about awareness and prevention. Here’s what you should know…

  • From November 1997 to May 2011, more than 85,000 adverse reactions to Levaquin were reported to the Food and Drug Administration, including 1,174 deaths.

Until more research is done, many medical professionals are petitioning the FDA, requesting stronger black box warnings. Clearly, there has not been enough research, and the lack of information and warnings has ruined many lives and caused irreversible damage.

Currently, there is an insert in the prescription package that warns of tendon rupture and neurologic damage, but many doctors and patients remain unaware of the risks of FLQ antibiotics.

According to Bayer Corporation, the FDA issued a drug safety communication requiring that,

…the drug labels and medication guides for all fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs be updated to better describe the serious side effect of peripheral neuropathy.

Johnson & Johnson, Levaquin’s manufacturer, stated that, since 2004, the label has warned doctors and patients of these potential adverse effects related to peripheral neuropathy. Despite this claim, doctors continue to prescribe the drugs for minor ailments, where safer drugs would be a much better road to travel.

If your doctor prescribes fluoroquinolone antibiotics to you, ask about the risks and request a safer alternative so that you don’t have to go through what countless others already have. Stay informed, as always, and be your own advocate.

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An Elderly Lady’s Story of Antibiotic Poisoning

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Original story source: fqwallofpain.com

One of the websites that I have begun following, Fluoroquinolone Wall of Pain contains numerous stories (written by Lisa Bloomquist) about those who have suffered the horrible adverse effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotics. The website is a forum where hundreds of victims of FLQ antibiotic poisoning tell their stories of suffering.

Visiting the site, you may be shocked, as I was, to see the amount of people who have suffered greatly from taking prescription antibiotics. Thanks to people like Lisa, this epidemic is finally gaining some much needed attention, and I’d like to help spread the word as well.

The victims who have been poisoned by these antibiotics sometimes refer to themselves as people who have been “floxed” and there are hundreds, if not thousands, of them. You may be quite familiar with these antibiotics without realizing it at first. You, a family member, or a friend have more than likely taken one or more of these antibiotics at some point in your life. You might know them by their more commonly used names: Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, Floxin, Maxaquin or Noroxin.

The pain and suffering caused by these drugs usually begins immediately after taking the first few pills of your prescription. FLQ antibiotics are often prescribed for minor illnesses, like urinary tract infections or strep throat. However, this practice should not continue. These are illnesses that can be treated by antibiotics that are not capable of causing such severe nerve damage.

People who begin suffering the symptoms of FLQ toxicity often don’t realize that their medication is what is causing the problem. Also, doctors often misdiagnose the symptoms experienced and encourage victims to continue taking the very drug that is harming them.

Therefore, awareness is critical.

There was one story in particular of the many I have read that caught my interest today. It is one about an elderly lady whose life has been seriously altered by Cipro. Though she struggles to type or write now because of the FLQ toxicity she suffered, she managed to write her story of suffering. It began like this:

I was born in 1908 and will be 107 in May if Cipro lets me live that long….I have lost my typing “touch” so have to be brief. I appear much younger than my age…..using a computer for over 30 years and an iPad for 3 ……just balanced my checkbook to the penny….so I am not the average old lady.

She was prescribed Levaquin two times and Cipro twice as well, all in a time frame of four years. Her last prescription of Cipro changed everything for her. Mentally, she would never be quite the same, giving up some of her usual favorite daily activities like spending time with her nine grandchildren, reading and emailing friends.

  • She suffered many side effects from the Cipro, including:
  • balance problems (she now has a constant fear of falling)
  • loss of memory, strength, energy and sleep
  • itching spells
  • shoulder and hand pain
  • stabbing pains that move around
  • personality changes
  • loss of feeling in the left side of her body periodically
  • involuntary jerking movements at times.

This once vibrant, energetic lady who should be enjoying these years of her life felt as if she was just “going through the motions”. She had many of her most precious days robbed from her because of the toxic harm to her nerves caused by Cipro.

I am thankful for the courage this amazing woman has that enabled her to share her special story so that others may become aware of the dangers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics. By telling her story, she is preventing others from suffering through what she has had to endure. For this, I thank you. Again, I reiterate how important it is to do the research on any medication, prescribed or over-the-counter, that you take.

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Kay Van Wey Featured in Interview: Dangerous Drug Prescribing Practices

Post first appeared on VanWeyLaw.com

Larry Bodine, Editor and Chief of PersonalInjury.com, interviewed Kay Van Wey about dangerous practices that pharmaceutical companies use to get their drugs into the hands of consumers. The tactics used place profits over public safety and endanger all of us.

After reading Kay’s article about the tactics that Big Pharma utilizes to persuade doctors to prescribe their drugs, Bodine interviewed attorney and author Kay Van Wey, asking that she share her knowledge on the secrets of the pharmaceutical industry.

You can learn more by downloading her free resource, 10 Secrets the Pharmaceutical Companies Don’t Want You to Know, instantly. Doctors are prescribing more drugs today than ever before. It is imperative that we become aware and stay alert about the dangers and risks surrounding dangerous drugs and prescribing practices.

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Levaquin Continues to Endanger Lives

Kay Van Wey shares the dangers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics

Recently I read an article that questioned why levaquin, a dangerous fluoroquinolone antibiotic, hasn’t been removed from the market, even after it seems to be causing serious adverse effects and may even be related to several deaths.

The article noted that, in 1992, the fluoroquinolone broad-spectrum, anti-infective drug Omniflox was taken off the market by the FDA after it was found to be releted to severe adverse events in the first three months of being on the market.

The move was made quckly by the FDA following reports to the manufacturer and to the FDA regarding its serious adverse effects. Yet today, dangerous fluoroquinolone antibiotics remain on the market and they continue to be prescribed for illnesses that do not require such a strong antibiotic. Because of this, lives are ruined and deaths occur that seem to point only to the terrible effects of these dangerous drugs.

The FDA is well aware of the damage these drugs are doing, yet they remain on the market. It is a shame that drug manufacturers value their profits over the safety of consumers, and that the FDA allows the damage to occur. This only reinforces how very important it is that we take our health into our own hands and become aware of the effects of drugs that we ingest.

To learn more about the dangerous effects of taking a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, read The Hidden Signs of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotice Poisoning.

(To read the above mentioned article in its entirity: Why Hasn’t Levaquin Been Taken Off The Market?, on Floxiehope.com)

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Levaquin, Cipro and Avelox Could Ruin Your Life

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Taking your doctor’s advice for antibiotic prescription drugs might actually cause you to experience damaging side effects that can change your life forever. You may not realize that drugs like Cipro and Levaquin can cause nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) that is irreversible.

Detecting Reactions

Taking an antibiotic by mouth or getting an injection is supposed to make us feel better. When we experience negative reactions, we have reason to be concerned for our health. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about the connection between peripheral neuropathy and fluoroquinolone drugs. Symptoms that you may experience include these feelings in your arms or legs:

  • pain
  • numbnes
  • shooting pain
  • tingling sensations
  • weakness
  • changes in response to light, touch, temperature or pain
  • changes in sensing the body’s position

Damage to your nerves can happen at any time during your treatment, and it can last for months or years after you stop taking the drugs.

Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy

A condition that damages the nerves that send information from your brain to your body, peripheral neuropathy can change your life. The FDA’s warning requires manufacturers to put stronger labels on packaging so that the dangers of using FLQ drugs are clear. Inadequate labeling can prevent you from understanding fluoroquinolone antibiotic side effects until the damage is done.

Suffering the consequences of damage to your nerves can change your quality of life and make you unable to enjoy customary activities. Tolerating pain, tingling sensations, numbness and burning feelings can make working or caring for your family difficult and unpleasant.

Considering the possibility that damage to your nerves may last for the rest of your life is a cause for extreme concern. The attorneys at the Van Wey Law realize this, so they are investigating cases like yours, and standing with you and against large pharmaceutical companies who conceal truth at the expense of your health.

Evaluating the Importance of Antibiotics

Almost everyone has to take antibiotics from time to time, and they often help you recover from infections that bacteria and some parasites cause. Manufacturers provide information on product labels that indicate your risk of harm when you take them. The FDA has found that labels on Cipro and Levaquin did not provide an adequate warning about their harmful side effects.

You can present your experiences to the attorneys at Van Wey Law who understand the impact of FLQ antibiotics on unsuspecting victims like you. The actions that you take may help you avoid ruining your life. If you have suffered from them, contact Van Wey Law today for a free evaluation.

For more information, read: The Hidden Signs of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Poisoning

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Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome: A Letter to the Senator

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On May 19th of 2014, Jay S. Cohen M.D., wrote a letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education and Labor about Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome.

Dr. Cohen had been a faculty member at the University of California, San Diego, for three decades and has published more than 20 articles on drug safety in leading medical journals. Based on his articles and books, the FDA chose him as the keynote speaker at a FDA conference in 2004. He had a lot to say about this dangerous drug. The beginning of his letter states that…

Serious adverse reactions to fluoroquinolone antibiotics (FQs) have been reported in medical journals and to the FDA since the 1980s. Although the FDA has increased the warnings on these drugs (Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox, Floxin, Norfolk, Factive), my analysis of FDA data shows that reports continue to climb in number. As of February 2014, approximately 45,000 individual cases of fluoroquinolone toxicity have been reported to the FDA. And, as studies have proven, the FDA receives reports of only 1%-5% of the actual numbers of adverse reactions that occur.

To read the entire letter to the senators, click here.

To learn more, read The Hidden Dangers of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

 

 

 

 

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How Over-the-Counter and Prescription Drugs can Endanger Your Life

Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer Kay Van Wey Shares the lurking dangers of over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
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For the most part, the conversation we hear about drug abuse these days focuses a great deal on illegal street drugs. The reality, however, is that the abuse of prescription and over the counter drugs can be even more problematic and dangerous.

In fact, except for marijuana, legal medications are the drugs with the highest abuse rate in the country. When used properly, these medications can be helpful for alleviating pain and allowing an injured individual to recover successfully. When they are not used appropriately, they can become highly addictive.

Drugs at Highest Risk

There are several different medications that are at the highest risk of being abused. Here are the most common over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs that can introduce a whole host of problems for an addictive individual.

Barbiturates

These sedatives are frequently prescribed to individuals with sleeping issues, seizures, or anxiety. High doses, however, can generate breathing problems, especially when combined with alcohol.

Benzodiazepines

These are also sedatives that tend to be safer than barbiturates, typically used to treat anxiety. Taken too often or in too high of a dosage, however, they can lead to dependence.

Sleep Medications

If you become addicted to sleep medications, you may believe that you can’t fall asleep without their assistance.

Codeine and Morphine

These are some of the medicines most likely to be abused by people in the U.S. In large doses they create dangerous side effects.

Oxycontin and Percocet

These painkillers put a user at extremely high risk of addiction and overdose.  These medications are usually prescribed for a short period of time, but can quickly become additive. Doctors who prescribe these recklessly place consumers in a dangerous position.

Vicodin, and Lortab

One of the main ingredients in these medications is hydrocodone. There are side effects like constipation and drowsiness often associated with their usage. In high doses, major breathing problems can occur. This can lead to overdoses, which continue to be on the rise in our nation.

Amphetamines

People who benefit from these medications typically need the stimulant to help them through school or the workday, but some people abuse these medicines simply to get high. In high doses, body temperature can rise and the user can experience an irregular heartbeat.

Methylphenidate

This stimulant is common in drugs that help treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), but used improperly, an individual might develop an irregular heartbeat or a spike in blood pressure.

Dextromethorphan

This ingredient is popular in over-the-counter cough and cold medicines. High doses can cause hallucinations, vomiting, rapid heart rate, or even brain damage.

Pseudoephedrine

Many over the counter cold medicines used to contain this decongestant, but it can also be used to make illegal methamphetamine. Because of this, and thankfully, many of these medications now require your signature and approval from the pharmacist.

Final Thoughts

Used in the manner in which they are intended, prescriptions and over-the-counter medications can be very effective for helping people. Unfortunately, abuse is becoming more common despite the very present dangers associated with high dosages, or use of these drugs without a doctor’s monitoring. Awareness is the first step toward reducing prescription drug abuse across the country and preventing overdose deaths. Do you best to stay aware and informed so that drugs that are meant to help you and your family don’t end up harming them instead.

Grab my free resource and guide to the dangers of prescription drugs to learn more.

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How Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Harm Your Body

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics cause deadly nerve damage.

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are extremely dangerous drugs. As a matter of fact, they are among the most dangerous drugs on the market and should be avoided unless it is absolutely necessary to take them. Though they have been proven to be dangerous, they remain among the most commonly prescribed drugs on the market in the United States today.

Profits Over Pubic Safety

For manufacturers, profits have been in the billions:

“In 2010, Bayer’s top two fluoroquinolones (Cipro and Avalox) brought in $1 billion in sales. That same year, Johnson & Johnson sold $1.3 billion-worth of its drug, Levaquin.” (Mercola.com)

There have been no other antibiotics before fluoroquinolones that have had the potential to cause such serious, permanent injuries, and even death.

How FLQs Harm Your Body

Most who have experienced the serious adverse effects caused by fluoroquinolones claim they were never warned of the dangers. There is speculation that the drug makers have known of the dangers for a long time and failed to warn consumers or doctors. As a result, injuries and deaths have occurred.

How Fluoroquinolones Harm Your Body

Fluoride is the central component in fluoroquinolones, is known as a neurotoxin, and is able to penetrate into very sensitive tissues, including your brain. The ability of the fluoride to cross the blood-brain barrier is what makes fluoroquinolones so dangerous. In addition to this risk, FLQs can damage your immune system by depleting energy reserves and inhibiting antibody formation in your blood. They can also disrupt collagen synthesis.

Hidden Dangers

Many victims’ lives have been altered due to the horrendous long-term effects of FLQ antibiotics. What’s even more astonishing is the fact that the majority of these victims, along with medical experts, claim that these devastating side effects have been known for a long time by the manufacturers of these drugs. Some allege that patients and doctors were prevented from learning about these harmful risks.

Talk to Your Doctor

As far back as 2001, the risk for peripheral neuropathy was noted by Dr. Jay Cohen. In Europe, FLQ antibiotic’s adverse effects were recorded as far back as 1980. Do your own research, talk to your doctor about these dangerous drugs, and avoid taking FLQs unless absolutely necessary.

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