A drug comes as a relief to the symptoms it is supposed to treat, but it may come with unwanted side effects that you experience after taking it. You may experience a particular medication’s side effects when you start taking it, stop taking it, reduce or increase the dosage. Side effects occur in one or more percent of the people taking that specific drug. Common side effects of various medications include nausea, dry mouth, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, and itching.
The common side effects are often mild and of little concern, but severe side effects necessitate immediate medical attention. Severe side effects can be worrying, which triggers many patients to stop taking their medications. If you are experiencing worrying side effects, your doctor may recommend a different dosage, drug, or advice on dietary and lifestyle changes.
Do all medications cause side effects?
All medications used to treat certain health conditions have side effects. However, your probability of experiencing the side effects depends on your body chemistry- weight, age, sex, and overall body health. Again, the severity of your disease or condition being treated may increase the side effects.
Call the doctor in any case of severe side effects
It is better to familiarize yourself with the potential side effects of the medication you are taking and ask what to do if you experience them. It is also good to let your doctor know of the side effects you are experiencing as some of them could be a danger that the drug is defective or is not working correctly. In such a case, you need to have lab tests taken earlier to detect any damages early.
A patient who has experienced harmful side effects has the right to sue a pharmaceutical company, medical facility, prescribing physician, laboratories, pharmacist, or sales representative of the drug. Drug lawsuits are very serious, and the average settlement for bad drug ranges at above $50,000, with the highest payout of all time being $3billion. To win a bad drug lawsuit, your lawyer must prove that you suffered some type of injury or damage after taking the drug. That indicates that the drug was inappropriately marketed, defectively manufactured, or has dangerous side effects that led to your injury.
Just because a certain drug is FDA approved does not mean that the manufacturers are not liable for any complications that occur to the patients after taking the drug. Some side effects can be very harmful to a patient’s health in the short term or long term. When a specific medication does more harm than good, the patient has a right to seek justice to recover compensation for injuries or damages caused. Such is called a product liability claim or a dangerous drug lawsuit. Some of the dangerous side effects to sue for include:
- Liver damage.
- Physical debilitation.
- Cardiovascular problems.
- Suicidal thoughts are commonly seen in some anti-depressants.
How do you know about your medication’s side effects?
You can learn more about the side effects of your medication by asking your pharmacist. If your medication has side effects, the pharmacist should give you a printout indicating that to ensure you are aware of any severe side effects of the drug.
Always read the drug package insert or leaflet that usually provides more information about the drug and its side effects.