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 Name  
AccutaneOther Names
Roaccutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret, Myorisan,

Active Ingredients
isotretinoin

Use
severe cystic (nodular) acne
Mild Side Effects
diminished 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 aches

Can cause
birth defects including cleft palate, central nervous system malformations, facial dysmorphism, missing ears; miscarriage; inflammatory bowel disease; suicidal behavio; ulcerative colitis; Crohn's disease

Drug Status
Accutane discontinued in 2009, other drugs with isotretinoin still available
ActosOther Names
none

Active Ingredients
pioglitazone

Use
type II diabetes

Mild Side Effects
upper respiratory tract infection, headache, sinus infection, malaise, muscle pain, tooth pain, sore throat, allergic reactions, fever, chills, fatigue, hypoglycemia

Can cause
bladder cancer, congestive heart failure, kidney disease, liver failure, macular edema, bone fractures

Drug Status
Currently available in the US
ChantixOther Names
none

Active Ingredients
varenicline

Use
smoking cessation

Mild Side Effects
changes 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 mouth

Can cause
changes 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 mouth

Drug Status
Currently available in the US
Contaminated Steroid InjectionsOther Names
n/a

Active Ingredients
n/a

Use
n/a

Mild Side Effects
n/a
Can cause
contaminated samples have caused hundreds of deaths from spinal meningitis

Darvon/DarvocetOther Names
Darvon - N, Dolene

Active Ingredients
propoxyphene

Use
painkiller
Mild Side Effects
lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipation

Can cause
heart problems, fatal cardiac abnormalities

Drug Status
Banned in 2010
GranuFlo & NaturaliteOther Names
none

Active Ingredients
sodium diacetate, acetate
Mild Side Effects
fatal heart attack, stroke, hypotension, myocardial infarction, metabolic alkalosis, cardiopulmonary arrest, sudden death, pulmonary edema, hypokalemia

Can cause
Recalled by the FDA in 2012 for relabeling, currently available in the US

Drug Status
Recalled by the FDA in 2012 for relabeling, currently available in the US
LipitorOther Names
none

Active Ingredients
atorvastatin

Use
cholesterol medication
Mild Side Effects
colds, diarrhea, joint pain, urinary tract infection, fever, malaise, abdominal discomfort

Can cause
Recalled by the FDA in 2012 for relabeling, diabetes in women, myopathy, rhabdomyolosis, fatal and non-fatal liver failure

Drug Status
Currently available in the US
Low Testosterone SupplementsOther Names
Testim, Andro, Fortesta, Androgel, Axiron, Testopel, Striant, Delatestryl, Androderm

Active Ingredients
testosterone

Use
treat low testosterone
Mild Side Effects
mouth irritation, diarrhea, nausea, flatulence, trouble concentrating, difficulty sleeping

Can cause
heart attack, stroke, heart disease, enlarged prostate, enlarged breasts, blood clots, liver damage, high cholesterol, artery blockage, seizures

Drug Status
Currently available in the US
MirenaOther Names
none

Active Ingredients
levonorgestrel, progestogen

Use
IUD for contraception
Mild Side Effects
acne, weight change, nausea, mood changes, breast tenderness, vaginal discharge, abnormal periods

Can cause
perforation 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)

Drug Status
Currently available in the US
NuvaRingOther Names
none

Active Ingredients
ethinyl estradiol, etonogestrel

Use
vaginal ring for contraception
Mild Side Effects
nausea, breast tenderness, increased hair growth, hair loss, weight change, vaginal itching or discharge, abnormal periods, headache, dizziness, tiredness

Can cause
cardiovascular problems, blood clots

Drug Status
Currently available in the US
PradaxaOther Names
none

Active Ingredients
dabigatran

Use
blood thinner for atrial fibrillation
Mild Side Effects
nausea, heartburn, stomach pain

Can cause
interal bleeding, hemorrhaging, atrial fibrillation, venous thromboembolism, coughing up blood

Drug Status
Currently available in the US
ReglanOther Names
none

Active Ingredients
metoclopramide

Use
acid reflux, chronic heartburn, nausea, vomiting
Mild Side Effects
diarrhea, dizziness, malaise, trouble sleeping

Can cause
tardive dyskinesia

Drug Status
Currently available in the US
RisperdalOther Names
none

Active Ingredients
risperidone

Use
schizophrenia, autism, Asberger's, depression
Mild Side Effects
weight gain, dizziness, tiredness, fever, nausea

Can cause
Type 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 syndrome

Drug Status
Currently available in the US
TopamaxOther Names
none

Active Ingredients
topiramate

Use
epilepsy, migraine prevention
Mild Side Effects
tiredness, dizziness, tingling in the extremities, confusion

Can cause
birth 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 blood

Drug Status
Currently available in the US
YazOther Names
Yasmin, Ocella, Yasminelle, Beyaz, Zarah, Angeliq

Active Ingredients
drospirenone

Use
contraceptive, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, moderate acne
Mild Side Effects
irregular peiods, spotting, breast tenderness, abdominal swelling

Can cause
blood clots, stroke, heart attacks, liver tumors, diabetes, deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

Drug Status
Currently available in the US
ZocorOther Names
none

Active Ingredients
simvastatin

Use
high cholesterol
Mild Side Effects
headache, joint/muscle pain, indigestion, constipation, nausea, cold symptoms

Can cause
myopathy (weakened muscles), rhabdomyolysis (muscle pain leading to muscle disease, muscle loss, and potentially death by kidney failure), liver problems

Drug Status
Currently available in the US
ZoloftOther Names
none

Active Ingredients
sertraline hydrochloride

Use
anti-depressant
Mild Side Effects
insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, weight gain/loss, sexual dysfunction, drowsiness, dizziness

Can cause
birth 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; seizures

Drug Status
Currently available in the US