HOW TO AVOID A DANGEROUS DRUG OR MEDICATION
Posted on Monday, May 16th, 2016 at 1:48 am
When you take a medication prescribed by your doctor or an over-the-counter medication, you expect that medication to be safe if you take it as directed. While every drug typically has the potential to cause some side effects, taking some medications can result in dangerous side effects that were not properly disclosed by the manufacturer. When this occurs, you the right to be compensated for your losses and damages.
The defective drug attorneys of the Tiemann Law Firm can help you pursue a defective drug claim if you have been injured by a defective drug. If you have been injured by a medication, call our office for a free consultation.
Safe Medication Tips
Because our product liability attorneys know how devastating a defective drug can be for a person, we want to highlight some of the ways you can avoid being injured by a defective drug.
- Read The Enclosed Materials – It may seem daunting but you really do need to read all of the enclosed materials and prescribing instructions included with a new medication. This material lists potential side effects and drugs you should avoid using in combination with the medication. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking a new medication.
- Check For Drug Recalls – Many drugs have been recalled for dangerous side effects. You can find a list of all recalled drugs on the FDA’s website. In some cases, a drug may not be recalled but the FDA will issue a drug safety communication regarding potential dangerous side effects from taking the medication. You can find more information about a specific drug by searching the FDA’s drug-specific information list. Some of the dangerous medications that are still on the market but are known to have potentially dangerous side effects include Yaz, Yasmin, Fosamax, Topamax, Chantix, Accutane, and Xarelto.
- Read All Of The Ingredients – Some medications could have inactive ingredients that could cause problems if you are allergic or sensitive to these ingredients. Always read the list of all ingredients before taking a new medication to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction. If a medication is mislabeled or the ingredients are labeled in a way that can be easily missed, you may have a defective drug claim if you are injured by taking the drug.
- Be Careful When Using A New Pharmacy – Your pharmacy has a list of all of the prescriptions you are taking in order to try to minimize dangerous drug interactions. If you use another pharmacy, provide a list of your current medications to the pharmacist to ensure your new medication will not cause a dangerous condition when combined with your current medications.
Have You Been Hurt By A Dangerous Drug?
If you have been injured after taking a defective drug, contact the product liability attorneys of Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000. We provide a free consultation so that you can get the information you need in order to pursue a defective drug claim. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other damages and losses. Our attorneys aggressively pursue drug manufacturers to hold them responsible when they market and sell a dangerous drug to the public.