Legal Help Available To Amiodarone Victims
If you are a patient who has been prescribed Amiodarone to treat a life-threatening heart condition there is startling information contained in the Food and Drug Administration’s “black box” warning to patients and doctors.
The ‘black box” warning is the most serious issued by the federal agency in in the case of Amiodarone the FDA warned of possible fatal side effects such as pulmonary toxicity, hepatic injury and worsened arrhythmia.
Court files show that legal action was taken against the manufacturer of the drug also sold as Pacerone and Cordarone in a case in which a woman died of side effects from the medication.
Death and other devastating side effects such as paralysis, blindness and lung or kidney failure are being investigated by national networks of lawyers, including those at Injury Help Desk to assist victims and relatives of loved ones who took this medication only to suffer devastating consequences.
If you or a loved one were prescribed Amiodarone and suffered severe side effects please contact our experienced legal team as soon as possible for a free consultation about your legal options.
Please be aware that there may be legal time limits involved that could affect your ability to seek financial reimbursement so take advantage of the free options available by contacting our team as soon as possible.
WHAT IS AMIODARONE?
Amiodarone is classified as an antiarrhythmics drug targeting ventricular arrhythmias, or conditions in which the heart beats irregularly. In most cases Amiodarone was prescribed after other medications failed to solve this serious medical condition and is supposed to stimulate the heart to beat in a regular manner. It must be prescribed by a doctor.
The drug has a curious and suspect history, being one of a rare class of medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of arrhythmias without having to undergo the usually mandatory clinical trials conducted to ensure its safety. Critics of the process have voiced concern that the FDA was pressured by huge pharmaceutical firms to approve it in a hastier process than that used in most drugs tested.
Part of the fallout afterward was an increasing number of reports about serious side effects that lawyers, such as those at Injury Help Desk , are raising in court actions across the country.
One of the major allegations is that in the wake of the speedy approval of Amiodarone by the FDA the manufacturers of the medication and similar drugs put profits ahead of consumer safety by not adequately informing patients of the serious side effects that could occur.
The fallout over serious Amiodarone side effects rose to the level that the FDA was forced to issue its safety alert warning patients and doctors about the possibility of side effects that include pulmonary toxicity, hepatic injury and worsened arrhythmia.
The Mayo Clinic lists the following precautions for Amiodarone use
- It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure that this medicine is working properly. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
- Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
- Tell your doctor right away if you are having difficulty breathing, chest tightness, or any type of breathing problem while using this medicine.
- This medicine can cause changes in your heart rhythm, such as a condition called QT prolongation. It may cause fainting or serious side effects in some patients. Contact your doctor right away if you have any symptoms of heart rhythm problems, such as a fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat.
- Check with your doctor right away if you have pain or tenderness in the upper stomach, pale stools, dark urine, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, or yellow eyes or skin. These could be symptoms of a serious liver problem.
- Check with your doctor right away if you have burning, numbness, tingling, or painful sensations in the arms, hands, legs, or feet. These could be symptoms of a condition called peripheral neuropathy.
- Amiodarone increases the sensitivity of your skin to sunlight. Too much sun exposure could cause a serious sunburn. Your skin may continue to be sensitive to sunlight for several months after treatment is stopped. Use a sunscreen when you are outdoors. Wear protective clothing and hats. Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.
- Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may increase the side effects of amiodarone by increasing the amount of this medicine in your body. You should not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are using this medicine.