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Prescription Drug Side Effects

When a doctor prescribes drugs, he or she usually does so with the best intentions for the patient’s health and recovery. And most patients take the drugs without a second thought because they were prescribed by a trusted physician. Sadly, just like unmonitored over the counter “nutritional supplements,” occasionally prescription drugs can have severe side effects that can end in organ damage, cancer or even death.

The Role of the FDA

Many people feel that prescription drugs are failsafe because, unlike supplements, they are monitored and approved by the federal government through the Food and Drug Administration. But like many governmental oversight agencies, the FDA is plagued with a task that goes way beyond their capabilities. Every day new drugs are submitted to the FDA for approval. Often times, certain serious side effects are not caught until years later. Tragically, deadly drugs can slip through the watchful eyes of the FDA.

What You Can do to Protect Yourself

While you cannot completely rely on the government to protect you from dangerous prescription drugs, there are certain things you can do to help your chances of avoiding dangerous drugs. Before taking a drug, try to do the following:

  • Let your doctor know about any fears you may have
  • Research the drug. Find out how long it has been on the market and see if there have been any reported cases involving certain serious side effects
  • Talk to others who may have taken the drug and get their opinion

Contact Us

If you or a loved one has experienced severe side effects from a prescription drug, contact the Green Bay personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling 800-242-2874.