Almost all medications have side effects. As a patient, you must consider these potential side effects and decide whether the benefits of the medication outweigh the possible risks. This is a personal decision for each patient to make with input from his or her doctor. However, as a patient you are dependent on the safety information provided to you by the pharmaceutical company that designs, manufactures, and markets the drug. If the pharmaceutical company fails to recognize the side effects of its medication or fails to warn the public about such side effects, then you and other patients may experience serious and deadly consequences.
Heart Attacks Are One Potential Side Effect of Some Medications
Heart attacks can be potentially fatal side effects of many different types of drugs. Heart attacks have been reported, for example, after use of the following drugs:
- Avandia (used to treat diabetes).
- GranuFlo (a dialysis medication).
- Naturalyte (a dialysis medication).
- Chantix (a medication to help stop smoking).
- Meridia (a diet drug).
- Celebrex (an arthritis medication).
- AndroGel (a low-testosterone medication).
- Vioxx (a pain medication).
- Bextra (a pain medication).
- Some birth control pills.
This list is not all-inclusive. Other patients have suffered heart attacks from other medications.
What to Do If You or a Loved One Suffers a Heart Attack From a Prescription Drug
Sometimes heart attacks are known risks when taking a specific medication. If you knew that a heart attack could result from the medication you were taking and you made the informed decision to take it anyway, then you may not have a legal claim.
However, if you did not know about the heart attack risk before taking the medication then you may be able to join with other people who have also suffered heart attacks from the same medication in a class action lawsuit. To learn more about your rights, please contact our experienced pharmaceutical class action lawyers today at 1-800-800-5678 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.