We trust our medications to improve our health and keep us safe. When we consult with our doctors and make a decision to undergo a certain treatment, we do our best to be aware of all potential side effects and evaluate the individual risk. Often times, prescription pharmaceuticals can provide immense relief to those who take them and greatly improve their quality of life. However, in some cases, medications have the opposite effect. If a patient was not properly made aware of the potentially harmful side effects of a particular medication, they could unknowingly endanger themselves. This could result in painful and unfortunate medical conditions.
According to the website of the National Injury Law Center, common medicines for which this has occurred include: Accutane, Prozac, and Tylenol, to name a few. These medications are not always harmful to those who use them, and in many cases can be beneficial. However, there have been instances in which users were not warned of potential side effects and ending up having harmful experiences with these medications. Accutane is a highly effective acne medication, yet it can cause severe birth defects if the user is pregnant. Prozac is a widely used anti-depressant; however, recent studies have linked Prozac to serotonin syndrome- a condition that results in suicidal thoughts in teenagers. It has also been linked to birth defects if taken while pregnant. Tylenol is an extremely common medicine that has proven to be safe in moderate usage. However, recent studies have linked routine use of the medication to liver trouble.
These medications are just a few examples of how complex and dangerous the world of pharmaceuticals can be. Of course there are many medications that can be very helpful of take correctly and with an awareness of all side effects. However, according to the website of Williams Kherkher, in the cases where a patient was not made aware of all of the risks associated with a certain medication, the victim of any medical distress caused by this oversight could be owed certain damages.