PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS LINKED TO SEVERE, DEADLY SIDE EFFECTS
Pain medications, such as opioids, are prescribed to patients suffering from chronic or severe pain. Unfortunately, some physicians take advantage of patients in pain and will overprescribe or unnecessarily prescribe powerful drugs that could lead to addiction, serious illness, and even death. Opioid addiction is especially difficult to remedy, and the side effects associated with these drugs can cause catastrophic health consequences to patients.
Common side effects of prescription opioid painkillers include:
- Dry mouth
- Slowed breathing
Opioid medications cause thousands of overdose deaths each year in the United States. In 2015 alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that more than 15,000 people died from an opioid overdose. Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in an emergency room due to prescription opioid abuse.
OPIOID MEDICATIONS WITH SEVERE SIDE EFFECTS AND HEALTH CONSEQUENCES
The most commonly overdosed prescription opioids include methadone, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. Other opioid medications not only pose the risk of the above side effects and the deadly risk of an overdose but also other severe, life-threatening side effects.
- Actiq contains fentanyl, a highly addictive and dangerous opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Actiq is fentanyl in a lollipop form and has been linked to fatal respiratory depression.
- Darvocet (dextropropoxyphene) was withdrawn from the U.S. market in 2010 after it was determined to be linked to heart problems and deaths, despite having a lower pain-killing ability and high addictiveness.
- Opioids and birth defects have been linked after a study showed an association between opioid analgesic treatment in the first trimester of pregnancy and certain birth defects, including heart defects, spina bifida, and gastroschisis.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED PHARMACEUTICAL DRUG INJURY ATTORNEY
Opioid medications have been overprescribed and wrongly prescribed for years. Physicians and pharmaceutical companies should be held accountable when patients suffering from extreme pain are put in jeopardy from taking a dangerous drug instead of a safer option. Medical malpractice lawsuits have been filed against doctors and hospitals for treating patients with dangerous pain medications that have left them with severe health issues and opioid independence.
If you have been left injured after being prescribed a powerful opioid painkiller, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced dangerous drug injury lawyers are available to evaluate your claim. We have the necessary legal and financial resources to take on the pharmaceutical giants and healthcare systems to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free case review.