One of the many dangerous prescription drugs on the market today is Strattera. Understanding the side effects of this drug is crucial before taking it. If you’ve been injured by dangerous prescription drugs, contact a Queens personal injury attorney.
When a doctor prescribes a medication to a patient, he or she often describes the potential side effects. However, most patients don’t pay as much attention to the side effects as they do to the proposed benefits. This can lead to devastating consequences because these patients are less likely to look for reactions that could lead to serious problems, such as physical illness or even death.
Eli Lilly and Company manufactures Strattera (atomoxetine) for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) treatment. However, many physicians also prescribe this drug to increase the effectiveness of antidepressants.
The benefit of Strattera over other ADHD drug treatments is that it’s less addictive. Many physicians turn to Strattera before Ritalin to decrease the chance of addiction.
While the chance of addiction may be less, it may be the least of some users’ worries. The prescription drug has many other side effects that could be just as devastating.
Dangerous Side Effects of Strattera
While there are many side effects children and adults may experience from the drug, they don’t all lead to devastating consequences. The most uncommon side effects are the ones that lead to serious problems.
Uncommon reactions from taking dangerous prescription drugs like Strattera include mental health and behavioral issues. Users may experience mania, which accompanies impulsivity, restlessness, sleeplessness, anxiety, panic attacks, aggressiveness and depression. With these effects, some children and teenagers have experienced psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions.
Unfortunately, some children and teenagers have experienced such serious side effects that they’ve committed suicide. While suicide is uncommon, it has happened and can happen again. This is why the FDA now requires Eli Lilly and Company to include a black box warning on all Strattera packaging that warns people that it can lead to suicide, especially when children and teenagers use it.
Other serious side effects include:
- liver damage;
- heart attack; and
- inhibiting growth in children.
What to Do About the Side Effects of Strattera
If you or a loved one has suffered from the serious side effects of Strattera, you may be able to seek retribution. You may be able to file a personal injury, drug injury or product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the drug.
To begin building your case, gather the following information:
- medical records from the prescribing physician;
- pharmacy records from the dispensing pharmacy; and
- medical records of any medical care delivered as a result of the side effects.
Once you have all of the information you can find about you or your loved one’s care up to and after taking Strattera, contact a Queens personal injury attorney for a consultation.
A personal injury attorney will review your documentation, have a medical doctor review it and then come to a determination of whether or not you have a case against the drug company.
If you have a case, the personal injury attorney will continue to build your case to prove Strattera is the cause of the side effect, and the physician, pharmacy or drug company was at fault for the unfortunate consequences that occurred.
Contact a Queens personal injury attorney at Gacovino Lake & Associates today at 1-800-246-4878 for a consultation. Don’t allow the drug companies to get away with hurting you or your loved one. Get what you deserve after taking dangerous prescription drugs with the best personal injury attorneys in New York.