May 20th, 2014|
Testosterone is a hormone that controls sexual development of males and plays key roles in muscle and bone mass growth. Low testosterone levels, or “Low T”, can lead patients to use testosterone treatments. But these supplements have been found to be linked to certain Low T health risks.
An article from The New York Times states that male patients using testosterone supplements face a risk of suffering cardiac health events, like a stroke or heart attack, that is five times higher than patients not using the supplements.
Findings like this leave many wondering what they can do to safely combat the symptoms of age and lower Testosterone levels. That’s why the Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are pointing out these possible solutions:
- Exercise- Physical activity can not only combat fatigue, but it can also increase muscle mass while diminishing fat—problems that have been linked to low testosterone levels in the past.
- Get More Rest- Studies have shown that getting less than eight hours of sleep can affect certain hormone levels, including testosterone.
- Eat a Healthy Diet- Fatty greasy foods have been associated with low Testosterone levels in the past, making a well-balanced diet one of the key ingredients to battling Low T.
March 4th, 2014|
Drug injuries are a serious problem in the United States. Research shows that more than 1.3 million Americans are affected by a problem with a specific drug or dosage annually. The Birmingham Drug Injury Lawyers explain the three most common drug injury causes are:
- Medication Errors – These mistakes occur when too much or not enough of a drug is given to a patient. They can occur when the patient is given the wrong medication as well. Read more here.
- Unforeseen Side Effects – When a drug manufacturing company fails to identify all health risks, which leads to a patient being harmed.
- Manufacturing Mistakes – Such errors can include omitting a necessary ingredient in a drug’s recipe or adding the wrong type of ingredient. These mistakes also include contamination of medications during the manufacturing process.
Norris Injury Lawyers and their team of Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers explain that asking your doctor any and all questions you may have regarding your prescriptions is one way to stay safe. Also, checking for outstanding recalls and examining medications for problems before taking them will also improve safety.
December 10th, 2013|
December 10, 2013
While the medication Onfi (clobazam) can be vital in controlling seizures, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued warnings the drug may pose serious health risks to some users. The Birmingham Drug Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers explain the warnings come in the wake of the agency receiving numerous reports of patients suffering serious skin reactions after taking the medication.
An FDA Press Release stated Onfi is a benzodiazepine medication that is effective in the treatment of seizures that are associated with conditions, including a serious form of epilepsy known as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. The problem with the drug is patients are reporting negative reactions, including serious rashes, skin blistering and peeling, sores in their mouths, and hives. These symptoms are typically associated with a condition that is known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
Patients who experience these symptoms have been instructed to contact their physician immediately. However, patients should not discontinue their regimen of medication without consulting with a doctor, as doing so could lead to further adverse health events.
FDA officials say the drug’s warning label has been updated in order to reflect the current warnings about the medication.
Norris Injury Lawyers and their team of Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers also encourage anyone who has been harmed by a prescription medication to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney to ensure their rights are protected.
February 5th, 2013|
February 5, 2013
A decision by the Alabama Supreme Court could have a huge impact on the way drug injury cases involving generic medications are handled. According to an article by Injury Lawyer News, the decision gives those who have suffered drug-related injuries as the result of taking a generic form of medication the right to sue the drug’s name-brand manufacturer.
A decision reached in Pilva v. Mensing found generic drugs are required to carry the same labels as their name-brand counterparts. Therefore, a user could not sue a name-brand drug manufacturer for being unaware of the risks involved with taking a generic medication.
Manufacturers of the drug Reglan, however, failed to warn users about potential health risks, such as developing tardive dyskinesia, and were later forced to add a warning to the product’s packaging.
Court documents show an Alabama Drug Injury victim developed tardive dyskinesia after taking a generic form of Reglan and filed a lawsuit. The Supreme Court ruled that if something was left off or a problem was discovered with a name-brand drug’s label, the same mistake would likely occur on a generic version’s label. As a result, the name-brand manufacturer would be at least partially to blame for an injury that results from taking a generic form of a drug.
The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers hope a decision in the case will help bring a sense of closure to the victim.
February 7th, 2012|
February 7, 2012
New research indicates that combining clopidogrel (Plavix) with an Aspirin regimen may not help prevent recurrent stroke. According to an article on the topic released by MedPage Today, the combination of medications actually increases the chances of hemorrhages and death.
The trial was the first large-scale examination on the effects the combination could have and recruited more than 3,000 participants from 81 testing locations spanning over eight countries.
Researchers conducting the study found that patients receiving the combination of drugs had double the risk of major bleeding than those that were taking Placebo and Aspirin. Very comparable conclusions were drawn in reference to the risk of death patients taking the combination of drugs faced versus those just taking Aspirin. Patients on the combination had a rate of death at 2.1 percent versus a 1.4 percent risk for those taking just one drug or the other.
Despite the conclusions, researchers plan to conduct a second part of the study that will examine the effects of the combination treatment on high blood pressure.
The Alabama drug injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers say it’s important to discuss all aspects of your medications–including dosage, side effects, and interaction–with your pharmacist or doctor before taking any kind of medication. If you have been injured by a drug prescribed to you, contact an experienced attorney today for a free initial consultation.