While sleep medications such as Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata have provided much needed rest for millions of Americans plagued by insomnia, the Food and Drug Administration is calling attention to the popular sleep aids amid reports of “rare but serious” injuries. In a safety announcement issued April 30th, the FDA describes complex sleep behaviors leading to these injuries, some of which include sleepwalking, sleep driving, and engaging in other activities while not fully awake. In the statement, the FDA also notes that some of the behaviors have resulted in deaths. Moreover, these actions appear to be more common in those taking Lunesta (eszopiclone), Sonata (zaleplon), Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar and Intermezzo (generic name is zolpidem). Continue reading “FDA Calls Attention To Popular Sleep Aids Amid Reports Of Injury And Death”
In light of a comprehensive review of results following a safety clinical trial assessing the use of Uloric (febuxostat) for gout, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has added a boxed warning to the drug, reporting an increased risk of death. As such, patients taking the gout medicine should report to their health care professional to discuss the benefits and risks of taking Uloric, especially if they have a history of heart problems or stroke. Furthermore, if patients taking Uloric are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is imperative to seek emergency medical care. Continue reading “ATTENTION: Do You Take Uloric (Febuxostat) For A Type Of Arthritis Called Gout?”
Many Americans rely on a daily medication to keep their body in working order. People swallow pills or receive injections that they trust will do their job to keep them healthy and away from harm. When a prescribed drug not only fails to work, but results in more harm and irreversible damage, the outcome can be devastating.
What if you were a type 2 Diabetic that took a specific medication to control your blood sugar, but instead this drug gave you a flesh-eating bacteria? Sadly, this is the reality for some. Along with immediate medical treatment, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer who specializes in defective drugs by your side. Continue reading “When Treating Your Diabetes Turns Into Your Worst Nightmare”
Osteoarthritis affects millions of people every day. It causes swelling and stiffening of joints and cartilage, making any movement painful. Though it can affect a younger person, there’s a greater chance of developing it after the age of 60.
Approximately 27-30 million Americans have osteoarthritis; for about half of those people, it affects their knees. Developing a treatment for it is crucial for many of those individuals, since the traditional treatment alone – taking an anti-inflammatory medication – wasn’t cutting it. Continue reading “Knee Injections That Harm Instead of Heal”
More and more often, kids are diagnosed with a peanut, egg, or other allergy that causes swelling of the airway. In mild cases, a child may be able to take benadryl and be okay, but at any time, the allergy could turn deadly. For this reason, doctors prescribe an emergency dose of epinephrine in a one shot injection, to be carried with the patient in case of accidental exposure.
The name brand of this injection is Epi-Pen or Epi-Pen Jr, which contains a smaller dose for children. Adults and children alike rely on this device to halt the deadly condition known as anaphylactic shock (when an allergic reaction causes the airway to swell shut.) Continue reading “Allergy Alerts!”
In 2015, Medtronic, a medical equipment supplier, recalled a line of their surgical staplers for failing to fire or firing incompletely.
Surgical staplers typically sever blood vessels and simultaneously staple both ends closed. If the stapler misfires, the severed blood vessel may bleed uncontrollably.
Continue reading “Could A Stapler Be Harmful For Your Health”
A weight-loss procedure involving inserting a silicone balloon into the stomach has been associated with five deaths within the past year.
According to the FDA, Orbera Intragastric Balloon System and ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System were linked to the five deaths. Continue reading “FDA Issues Safety Alert on Balloon Surgery for Obesity Treatment”
Researchers have determined that use of fluoroquinolones could double your risk of suffering an aortic aneurysm. Aortic aneurysm is a potentially life-threatening condition that may be caused by the side effects of fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Aortic dissection risks are also increased with use of these medications. Continue reading “Warning: Fluoroquinolones Double Risk of Aortic Aneurysm”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently required a new warning for peripheral neuropathy and tendon injuries on a group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. Drugs in this class include: Levaquin (levofloxacin); Cipro (ciprofloxacin); Avelos (moxifloxacin); and Floxin (ofloxacin) Factive (gemifloxacin). Continue reading “Some Antibiotics Now Labeled with Stronger Warnings Following FDA Decision”
Common over-the-counter (OTC) heartburn medications like Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium are linked to increasing the risk of chronic kidney disease. These drugs are known as proton pump inhibitors (PPI). The OTC heartburn medicine is used to tame heartburn and reduce acid reflux. Continue reading “Heartburn Medications Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid Linked to Kidney Disease”