Unsafe drugs can have significant, devastating health effects on those that use them. Drug manufacturers are required by law to list any possible risks associated with their medications. The following is news and updates regarding unsafe drug warnings and what consumers can do to protect their rights.
FDA Warning: Advil, Motrin, Aleve
The Federal Drug Administration has issued a warning to consumers regarding the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers (NSAID). These drugs are sold under the name brands of Advil, Motrin, and Aleve, and contain the active ingredients of ibuprofen and naproxen.
The reason for the warning is numerous studies that report NSAIDs increase the risk of heart attack or stroke in patients with and without a pre-existing heart condition. The studies show that the risk begins during the first few weeks of using a NSAID medication and increases with continued usage. The potential for problems is greater for those that have had a prior heart attack.
The active ingredient naproxen was reported by the FDA to have less of a risk than than other NSAIDs, though it is still included in the warning. Consumer Reports recommends that people consider using other pain relieving methods when possible, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or topical NSAIDs.
If you or someone you love has suffered medical issues due to the use of Advil, Motrin, Aleve, or any other over-the-counter drug, it is recommended you consult with a personal injury attorney. A skilled New Jersey lawyer can review your case and inform you of your legal options.
Drug Warning: Statins
Numerous studies suggest that the use of statin drugs to lower cholesterol come with a high potential for health risks. Researchers at the University of California San Diego recently reported a higher risk for women taking the drug. The study found that the statins simvastatin (brand name Zocor) and pravastatin caused an increase in irritability, aggression, and violence for postmenopausal women. Men, however, were found to have a decrease in these behaviors when using the drug.
Participants of both genders in the study experienced an overall increase in sleep issues and irregular testosterone levels. Further study is needed to find out whether these side effects or other issues cause the mood and behavior change.
Statins, which are used by approximately 25 percent of Americans over the age of 45, work by slowing down the body