Dangerous Drugs

The pharmaceutical industry has made life-changing advances in medicine to improve our quality of life. However, there are certain prescription drugs that have had the opposite effect on patients. Certain prescription drugs have caused medical complications, serious illness or death.

While quick steps are taken to issue warnings and recall the drugs, they cannot undo the damage to the victims. If you or a loved one has suffered from harmful side effects of a dangerous drug, contact our team of experienced attorneys at Dyer, Garofalo, Mann & Schultz. We have the experience and resources needed to deal with the large pharmaceutical companies.

This chart lists some common defective drugs and their potential effects:

Drug NameOther NamesActive IngredientsUseMild Side EffectsCan causeDrug Status
AccutaneRoaccutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret, Myorisan, isotretinoinsevere cystic (nodular) acnediminished night vision, bone injuries due to weakened bones, increased UV sensitivity, cracked or sore lips, nosebleeds, peeling skin, unusual hair growth/loss, bleeding/swollen gums, fatigue, voice changes, headache, slowed healing of cuts, cold symptoms, dry skin/eyes, muscle achesbirth defects including cleft palate, central nervous system malformations, facial dysmorphism, missing ears; miscarriage; inflammatory bowel disease; suicidal behavio; ulcerative colitis; Crohn's diseaseAccutane discontinued in 2009, other drugs with isotretinoin still available
Actosnonepioglitazonetype II diabetesupper respiratory tract infection, headache, sinus infection, malaise, muscle pain, tooth pain, sore throat, allergic reactions, fever, chills, fatigue, hypoglycemiabladder cancer, congestive heart failure, kidney disease, liver failure, macular edema, bone fracturesCurrently available in the US
Chantixnonevareniclinesmoking cessationnausea, sleep disturbance, constipation, flatulence, vomiting, headaches, abnormal dreams, taste disturbancechanges in behavior, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal ideation, suicidal behavior; liver failure, hepatitis, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (skin reaction that causes intense rashes and blistering of the skin and mouthCurrently available in the US
Contaminated Steroid Injectionsn/an/an/an/acontaminated samples have caused hundreds of deaths from spinal meningitis
Darvon/DarvocetDarvon - N, Dolenepropoxyphenepainkillerlightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipationheart problems, fatal cardiac abnormalitiesBanned in 2010
GranuFlo & Naturalitenonesodium diacetate, acetatedialysisfatal heart attack, stroke, hypotension, myocardial infarction, metabolic alkalosis, cardiopulmonary arrest, sudden death, pulmonary edema, hypokalemiaRecalled by the FDA in 2012 for relabeling, currently available in the US
Lipitornoneatorvastatincholesterol medicationcolds, diarrhea, joint pain, urinary tract infection, fever, malaise, abdominal discomfortdiabetes in women, myopathy, rhabdomyolosis, fatal and non-fatal liver failureCurrently available in the US
Low Testosterone SupplementsTestim, Andro, Fortesta, Androgel, Axiron, Testopel, Striant, Delatestryl, Androdermtestosteronetreat low testosteronemouth irritation, diarrhea, nausea, flatulence, trouble concentrating, difficulty sleepingheart attack, stroke, heart disease, enlarged prostate, enlarged breasts, blood clots, liver damage, high cholesterol, artery blockage, seizuresCurrently available in the US
Mirenanonelevonorgestrel, progestogenIUD for contraceptionacne, weight change, nausea, mood changes, breast tenderness, vaginal discharge, abnormal periodsperforation of the uterus, overwhelming abdominal pain, ovarian cysts, peritonitis (inflammation of the membrane in the abdominal cavity), irregular bleeding, ectopic pregnancy, severe organ damage, permanent infertility, pregnancy complications, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)Currently available in the US
NuvaRingnoneethinyl estradiol, etonogestrelvaginal ring for contraceptionnausea, breast tenderness, increased hair growth, hair loss, weight change, vaginal itching or discharge, abnormal periods, headache, dizziness, tirednesscardiovascular problems, blood clots Currently available in the US
Pradaxanonedabigatranblood thinner for atrial fibrillationnausea, heartburn, stomach paininteral bleeding, hemorrhaging, atrial fibrillation, venous thromboembolism, coughing up bloodCurrently available in the US
Reglannonemetoclopramideacid reflux, chronic heartburn, nausea, vomitingdiarrhea, dizziness, malaise, trouble sleepingtardive dyskinesia Currently available in the US
Risperdalnonerisperidoneschizophrenia, autism, Asberger's, depressionweight gain, dizziness, tiredness, fever, nauseaType I diabetes, Type II diabetes, gynecomastia (enlargement of the breasts), increased risk of breast cancer, increased mortality in elderly patients with dementia, tardive dyskinesia, neuroleptic malignant syndromeCurrently available in the US
Topamaxnonetopiramateepilepsy, migraine preventiontiredness, dizziness, tingling in the extremities, confusionbirth defects including cleft lip, cleft palate, spina bifida, genital defects, limb malformations, hypospadias, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), craniofacial defects, heart defects, lung defects, neural tube defects; kidney stones; depression; serious eye problems; elevated ammonia levels in the bloodCurrently available in the US
YazYasmin, Ocella, Yasminelle, Beyaz, Zarah, Angeliqdrospirenonecontraceptive, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, moderate acneirregular peiods, spotting, breast tenderness, abdominal swellingblood clots, stroke, heart attacks, liver tumors, diabetes, deep vein thrombosis (DVT)Currently available in the US
Zocornonesimvastatinhigh cholesterolheadache, joint/muscle pain, indigestion, constipation, nausea, cold symptomsmyopathy (weakened muscles), rhabdomyolysis (muscle pain leading to muscle disease, muscle loss, and potentially death by kidney failure), liver problemsCurrently available in the US
Zoloftnonesertraline hydrochlorideanti-depressantinsomnia, nausea, diarrhea, weight gain/loss, sexual dysfunction, drowsiness, dizzinessbirth defects including persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), ventricular septal defect (VSD), atrial septal defect (ASD), tetralogy of the fallot, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, transposition of the great arteries, craniosynostosis, omphalocele; seratonin syndrome; seizuresCurrently available in the US