It seems that in today’s society there is a wide range of medications for nearly any ailment. On the surface, this seems like a wonderful thing. Unfortunately, many pharmaceutical products can do great damage to the person using them.
Most people believe that once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves a product, it is certified as completely safe to use. That is absolutely untrue. Congress has limited the FDA’s power to regulate the sale of many consumer products. Often, the FDA is forced to rely on manufacturers’ promises that a product is safe. The result? Frequently a medicine or consumer product must be withdrawn from the market after it’s been shown to be dangerous—after it has been sold to millions of people.
One of the products that seem to cause many people problems is oral sodium phosphate. Oral sodium phosphate is a drug that is commonly used for bowel cleansing. It is typically used prior to a colonoscopy. It poses a serious danger to those who use it as they become at risk of kidney damage.
For those who have taken oral sodium phosphate it is important to understand the dangers of using it:
- Lethargy. Damage caused to the kidney may leave the victim feeling lethargic. If someone has taken oral sodium phosphate and is experiencing unexplained lethargy, they may be suffering from kidney damage.
- Decreased urination. When drinking the proper amount of fluids, urine flow should be regular. When there is a noticeable decrease in the output of urine, it may be a sign of kidney damage. It is important to be checked by a physician if there is a decrease in urine output.
- Swelling. Suffering from kidney damage can cause the arms, feet, and legs to swell. This is due to water retention when kidney damage hampers the body’s ability to process fluids properly.
- Drowsiness. Suffering from kidney damage can cause a person to become drowsy for no apparent reason. If someone who has taken oral sodium phosphate and is feeling drowsy, they should seek the care of a doctor.
If you have experienced any of these symptoms and have previously taken oral sodium phosphate, you may be suffering from kidney damage. If you have kidney damage caused from oral sodium phosphate, consider the benefit of participating in a pharmaceutical class action.
To learn more, contact an Illinois based pharmaceutical class action lawyer at Hupy and Abraham. Call 888-277-4879 today for a free case evaluation.