Every year, millions of Americans take medicines to treat various health conditions. Some of these medications are common and have been around for decades. Others are newer and still being tested for safety and effectiveness.
It’s important to remember that no medicine is completely safe. Even the most commonly used ones can cause side effects in some people, which may be worse than the condition being treated in the first place.
Tylenol is an over-the-counter pain reliever that contains acetaminophen as its active ingredient. Acetaminophen is also found in other medications, including NyQuil and Theraflu, which treat cold and flu symptoms.
Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if you take too much of it, and even when you’re administering the prescribed amount, it’s easy for your body to take too much by mistake accidentally.
That’s because there’s no standard dose for Tylenol. The amount you need depends on how old you are and whether any other medications are interacting with your body simultaneously.
In addition to causing liver damage, excessive consumption of acetaminophen during pregnancy or while nursing may cause autism or ADHD in infants. If you or a loved one used Tylenol during pregnancy and your/their child was later diagnosed with ADHD or Autism, you may be qualified to file a Tylenol Lawsuit or Acetaminophen Autism ADHD Claim.
TorHoerman Law LLP has a dedicated team to assist affected parents with their Tylenol lawsuit. The law firm has years of experience in this case and has helped recover over $4 billion in verdicts and negotiated settlements.
Celebrex is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain and inflammation. It’s also been shown to reduce the chance of a second heart attack in people who have had a first one, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
The FDA first approved Celebrex in 1998 as an alternative treatment option for arthritis pain relief. Since then, Celebrex has received several warnings from federal health officials regarding its potential side effects. In addition to being linked with heart attacks and strokes, two leading causes of death among adults over 65, Celebrex can cause severe damage during pregnancy.
Accutane is a prescription medication used to treat acne. It’s taken in pill form and contains vitamin A, which helps to clear up your skin.
Accutane can cause serious side effects and is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. The drug has been linked to congenital disabilities, miscarriage, and other health problems in babies exposed to it in the womb.
Vioxx is a painkiller that was prescribed to treat arthritis and other conditions. It was withdrawn from the market after it was found to cause heart attacks and strokes in some people.
It’s estimated that Vioxx caused thousands of heart attacks and strokes before it was taken off the shelves. But there are no exact figures because Merck & Co., which made Vioxx, did not report adverse events related to their drug until 2004.
Paxil is a popular selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It treats depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social phobia, and generalized anxiety disorder.
Paxil can cause congenital disabilities if you take it during pregnancy. If you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant while taking Paxil, talk with your doctor about other treatment options for any mental health condition you have before starting this medication.
Bextra is a painkiller that was taken off the market in 2005. The drug was linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, so it’s not surprising that doctors are no longer prescribing the medication.
Bextra is an anti-inflammatory medication known as a COX-2 inhibitor, which prevents your body from producing prostaglandins, chemicals released during injury or inflammation that cause pain and swelling.
Chantix is a prescription drug used to help smokers quit smoking. The medication reduces the urge to smoke and cravings while decreasing withdrawal symptoms like irritability, restlessness, and difficulty concentrating.
Chantix side effects include nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, dizziness, insomnia, etc. Serious but rare side effects include depression and suicidal thoughts. If you experience any of these symptoms while taking Chantix, it’s essential to seek medical attention immediately so that treatment can begin as soon as possible.
When it comes to medications, there are always risks and side effects. But some of the most common drugs today have some serious ones you might not know about. Make sure you know what these are so that if you or someone else is prescribed one of these medications, they can decide whether to take them.