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Medicines are designed to reduce pain, eliminate symptoms, and destroy illnesses. All in all, their purpose is to increase the quality of your life by restoring you to good health. Unfortunately, medication doesn’t work like magic. Creating beneficial drugs is a complicated and difficult process that sometimes goes awry. When this happens, a medication can fail to serve its intended purpose or even cause serious side effects.

This list of frequently asked questions will serve to address a few of your concerns about dangerous medications, how they end up on the market in the first place, and what to do if you feel as though a dangerous medication has caused you injury.

When does a drug become “dangerous”?

Most medicines have side effects. Common side effects are relatively minor and include things like nausea, dizziness, and drowsiness. Sometimes, however, the side effects can be more severe. When we speak of “dangerous” drugs, we are talking specifically about medications which have potential side effects that include serious injury and/or death.

Why in the world would a doctor prescribe such a drug?

dangerous-drugsNearly all doctors are good physicians with your best interests at heart. They will only prescribe you with medications that they believe 1) have a fair chance of working, and 2) will not put you at serious risk.

When a doctor prescribes a dangerous drug, it is usually because they don’t know any better. Doctors do not conduct their own testing regarding the safety of a particular medication. In the United States, that is entrusted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA conducts a number of tests determining side effects before they approve a medication for widespread use, but there are lots of medications and the FDA can’t catch everything.

Sometimes medications appear to be safe, but later turn out to carry significant risks.

The manufacturers must spend more time testing a drug than the FDA – shouldn’t they know if it’s dangerous?

Yes! A manufacturer, in addition to creating the mixture of chemicals that create the drug, also performs tests of its own. Unfortunately, not all pharmaceutical manufacturers are concerned about the health of the public.

Because it is expensive to develop new drugs and because there is so much profit in selling new drugs, manufacturers sometimes release dangerous medications to the public for the sake of money.

While this isn’t always true, a drug manufacturer proven to ignore unsafe side effects is liable for any and all injuries, including death, that result from the drug’s use.

How can I know if a drug is dangerous?

Do your research! Using the internet alone, you should be able to find out what people are saying about a particular drug. Most dangerous drugs are pulled from the shelves once their true side effects are discovered.

However, you should contact us immediately if you or a loved one has used any of the following:

  • Accutane
  • Baycol
  • Serzone
  • Vioxx
  • Zyprexa

I’ve suffered serious side effects after taking a medication. What should I do?

If you or a loved one has suffered injury, death, or another serious side effect after taking a medication you believe to be dangerous, you should contact an attorney right away. You may be entitled to damages compensating you for your medical bills, loss of quality of life, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Contact us today on our website or by calling 866-TRIALAW to ask questions or schedule a free consultation.