Whether it is over-the-counter, or a prescription from a doctor, drugs are meant to treat a patient. However, when the side effects exceed the benefits, medicines can become very dangerous and sometimes lethal.
As prescription drug side effect attorneys, we have composed the following steps to take so that you will know exactly what to do if a medication is making you worse not better.
Steps to Take When Medicine Makes You Worse
- Contact Your Doctor Immediately. Explain to your doctor that the medication is making you feel worse, not better. Your doctor may request to see you and check any side effects that may be directly caused by the drug. We do not recommend you stop taking any medications before talking to your doctor. Stopping some medications cold turkey, including but not limited to blood thinners, without medical intervention can be dangerous and even sometimes fatal.
- Hire an Experienced Attorney. Chances are, if a drug has made you worse, it has also made others worse. Therefore, hiring an attorney may lead to a class-action lawsuit, where a group of people sue a party, or in this case, a medicine company. Additionally, lawyers may fight for your compensation independent of a group. At the Brooks Law Group, our attorneys are experienced at fighting drug companies for your fair compensation. In fact, our proven track record highlights our knowledge and determination to fight for your rights.
History of Harmful Drugs
There is a reason we constantly look back at our history, because if we forget our history, we are doomed to repeat it. When it comes to harmful drugs, there is a long list of historically dangerous trends.
Post WWII, the medicinal industry boomed, with the introduction of new drugs into the market. New amphetamines, barbiturates, tranquilizers, opioids, and other drugs gave rise to a new epidemic: drug abuse. In 1973, the Drug Enforcement Administration, or the DEA, was formed in order to enforce laws that attempted to prevent drug abuse.
From the 1980’s to the present, a new wave of drug abuse and violence formed. Efforts to control harmful drugs and drug abuse have increased over time. Doctors now have more stringent responsibilities for administering prescription drugs.
Examples of Cases
Awareness is key. Being aware of drugs that are notorious for making you worse can prevent future injury, illness, or even death. Xarelto, a blood thinning drug, produced by Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, is prescribed to prevent atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary blood clots. The risk behind taking Xarelto is, unlike other blood thinning medications; this medication does not have a reversal agent in the event of a bleed.
At the Brooks Law Group, our lawyers understand the dangers of Xarelto, and medication cases just like it. We are currently accepting these cases in order to help those who have suffered an injury or death as a result of Xarelto. If you or anyone you know may have a potential case, we urge you to call us at 800-LAW-3030 (800-529-3030).