Just because you are prescribed a drug by your medical team doesn’t mean you should take it before learning more about the potential side effects.
If you neglect to understand the side effects of the drug, you could be putting yourself in a dangerous situation.
As a patient, you need to weigh the pros and cons of any drug that’s prescribed to you.
On one hand, you should understand the benefits to your health. Conversely, you should focus on the potential side effects and whether or not they outweigh the good.
For example, Rosiglitazone, also known as Avandia, is a commonly prescribed drug for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes.
Despite its approval by the Food and Drug Agency (FDA), one of its potential side effects is heart attack.
Another example is Paxil, which was once a very popular antidepressant. Unfortunately, this drug is known for increasing the risk of suicidal thoughts in both young adults and children.
In 2011, the FDA reported 11 suicidal attempts in patients taking Paxil. This eventually led to a class action lawsuit that was settled for $64 million.
Regardless of the type of drug, there’s a good chance it carries some side effects. It’s your job to understand these side effects, as well as the impact they can have on your life.
If there comes a time when a prescription drug causes damage to your body, you should immediately discuss this with your medical team. From there, learn more about the drug, its potential impact on your body and how to protect your legal rights.