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The Dangers of Blood Clot Medications and Devices

by Staff Blogger | November 17th, 2015

Blood Clot Risks

It’s no secret that blood clots can be extremely hazardous to your health, but the medications and devices used to prevent blood clots present serious risks as well. That’s why the legal staff at Norris Injury Lawyers are pointing out a few products you may want to avoid in your battle against blood clots.

IVC Filters

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are small spider-like devices that are inserted into the largest vein in the body in order to catch blood clots before they can make their way to the heart or lungs, where they could lead to heart attacks and strokes. Research has shown these devices are notorious for breaking inside the body and becoming lodged where they shouldn’t be though, causing patients to suffer serious IVC filter injuries and even death.

Blood Thinners

Anticoagulant medications, such as Pradaxa® and Xarelto®, are also commonly used to prevent blood clots from developing. These drugs have also been linked to causing users to suffer serious blood thinner injuries, such as uncontrollable bleeding events. In fact, users of these medications face three times the risk of suffering this particular drug injury as compared to those who are not taking this type of medication.

Getting Help

The risks associated with blood clot prevention devices and drugs leave many citizens wondering what they can do to ensure they are safe from harm. The legal staff at Norris Injury Lawyers suggest regularly visiting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website to check for any recalls involving your device or drug. We also suggest discussing any questions or concerns you have about an anticoagulant product with your physician before consenting to treatment.

FDA Issues Drug Injury Warning Regarding Two Hepatitis C Medications

by Staff Blogger | October 27th, 2015

Hepatitis C is a viral disease that can last a lifetime and cause damage to the liver that can ultimately results in organs failure. Medications can help treat this disease, but the drug injury attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers would like to warn patients about the use of certain drugs.

An article from WSFA 12 News explains the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings regarding two medications used to treat Hepatitis C, Viekira Pak and Technivie. Officials say using these products may cause patients suffering from advanced liver disease to develop serious liver damage.

As many as 26 cases of patients experiencing adverse side effects associated with the drugs has been reported worldwide. Of those cases, a total of 10 patients died or required a liver transplant. Another 16 patients developed some form of liver dysfunction within weeks of beginning to take the medication.

The FDA has issued warnings to users of these products to be aware of the risks. Patients taking Viekira Pak or Technivie should not stop taking the drug without consulting a physician first. If you experience fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, yellowing of the eyes or skin, or light-colored stools, you may want to speak with your doctor, as these may be signs of liver damage.

The Alabama personal injury lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers hope this information helps to protect you and your loved ones from the harm certain medications may cause.