Belviq and the effects of a high serotonin level in the body

Posted on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 1:31 pm    

Belviq is a weight management pill reserved for obese and overweight individuals. With increased physical exercise and proper calorie diet, Belviq’s maker claims it is an effective way to lose unwanted weight. Belviq is a serotonergic drug, which means it works by amplifying serotonin, the chemical in the brain known to control appetite, curb craving, reduce hunger, and increase satiety.

However, Belviq has been linked to serotonin syndrome (serotonin toxicity)– a sometimes fatal condition caused by a dangerously high level of serotonin in the body. Some symptoms include tremor, aggressiveness, hyperthermia, and hallucination. High serotonin levels can also narrow the blood vessels, causing a variety of cardiovascular problems, including the thickening of the heart’s muscles and valves.

If you have experienced any adverse reactions after using potentially harmful pharmaceuticals like Belviq, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you file a legal action against the makers involved. To find out if your situation qualifies for compensation, have your case assessed for free by calling (800) 220-9341 today.


Ovarian cancer linked with talcum powder use

Posted on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 12:58 pm    

Many women are using talcum powder for their daily feminine care. Talcum powder products have been marketed as an effective way to help feel clean, fresh, and dry, even during humid weather. However, there is mounting evidence suggesting that talc may increase the risk of ovarian cancer.

In 2008, the Cancer Prevention Coalition urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to label talcum powder products– often incorporated in tampons, sanitary pads, and diaphragms– with a warning about the increased risk of ovarian cancer. Talc is produced from magnesium trisilicate, an inorganic compound that contains asbestos in its natural form. When asbestos-containing talc is applied on the genital area, the carcinogen may travel into the vagina and may lodge into the ovary, causing ovarian cancer.

Despite links between talcum powder products and the risk of ovarian cancer, talcum powder manufacturers still fail to warn consumers about its potential danger. If you believe your health has been compromised after using this type of products, our team of product liability attorneys at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you seek the compensation you need from the manufacturer involved. Call us at (800) 220-9341 today.


Neuroleptic malignant syndrome and Risperdal

Posted on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 12:37 pm    

Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug prescribed to treat schizophrenia, autism, and manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder. Antipsychotic drugs are sometimes called neuroleptic agents, which act as a major tranquilizer by suppressing nerve activities.

However, the use of neuroleptics such as Risperdal increases the risk of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), a possibly fatal condition characterized with unstable blood pressure, high body temperature, sweating, muscle rigidity and dysfunction of the autonomic (involuntary) muscles. Because of its life-threatening medical complications, NMS is considered a medical emergency and usually requires intensive medical care.

A toxic amount of neuroleptic agents found in medications such as Risperdal can cause more harm than good. If taking this drug has caused your loved one to suffer from great health risks, including NMS, a product liability attorney at Williams Kherkher will be more than willing to assess your case. Call us at (800) 220-9341 to learn more about your situation and the possibility of seeking financial compensation from the drug company involved.


Crucial information people taking Xarelto should know

Posted on Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 11:51 am    

The pharmaceutical Xarelto is taken by many to lower their risk of blood clots and stroke. However, there are many dangerous complications associated with this drug. If you are taking Xarelto or wish to cease taking it, it is important to remain aware of the following:

  • If you wish to stop taking Xarelto, consult with your prescribing doctor to discuss any possible risks.
  • Sometimes, abruptly ceasing to take Xarelto may lead to an increased risk of blood clots in different parts of the body.
  • Those who medicate with Xarelto may experience easy bruising or uncontrollable bleeding that is serious and sometimes fatal.
  • People taking Xarelto may need to take other medicines when complications such as severe bleeding occur.

Sadly, people medicating with Xarelto may experience other side effects that could lead to severe gastrointestinal bleeding. If you or a loved one has suffered unduly from taking Xarelto, you may be eligible to pursue compensation from the drug maker. Learn more about your legal options from the attorneys of Williams Kherkher by calling (800) 220-9341 today.


Understanding the three classifications of diarrhea

Posted on Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 11:43 am    

Diarrhea is a condition causing watery and loose feces and typically lasts for several days. Although this condition can result from several different causes, medical professionals typically group this condition into three different categories:

  • Osmotic: when food consumed causes the bowels to draw water from the body
  • Secretory: when an infection or drug causes the body to release water into the bowels
  • Exudative: caused by infections or inflammatory bowel diseases; may result in blood or pus

Unfortunately, diarrhea is one of the side effects linked to Benicar, which people use to lower their blood pressure. If you think your severe intestinal problem is a result of using the potentially dangerous drug, the lawyers at Williams Kherkher may represent you in your pursuit of financial compensation from negligent drug manufacturers. Speak with us today by calling (800) 220-9341, and find out how we may help you get the funds you need from treatment from those liable.


Women at a higher risk of developing gallstones

Posted on Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 11:23 am    

According to medical experts, women have a higher chance of developing gallstones compared to men, U-T San Diego reported on September 11.

Experts from the American College of Gastroenterology stated that women aged 20 to 60 have a risk three times greater of developing gallstones compared to men. However, there are other risk factors for women that may influence the likelihood of a gallstone, including ethnicity, family history, numbers of pregnancies, and other medical conditions. The majority of women reportedly are unaware that they have already developed gallstones, and this ignorance can become dangerous if a gallbladder attack occurs. Gallstones, the stone-like deposits in the gallbladder, can only be removed through surgery.

Sadly, many women also suffer gallbladder complications as a result of taking Yasmin and Yaz birth control pills. If this happens to you or to a loved one, a lawyer may help you get your much needed treatment funds for your recovery. Speak with the lawyers of Williams Kherkher today by calling (800) 220-9341 to find out how we may work for you.


Woman penned a memoir about growing up with cleft defects

Posted on Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 11:14 am    

A Brigham City woman who was once a victim of bullying due to her oral cleft defects wrote about her experiences in a self-published book to help parents who have kids with cleft defects, the Standard Examiner reported on September 15.

Amy Jo Wilde released a book entitled White Bees in which she recounted the hardships of being bullied growing up due to her double cleft lip and palate. Aside from being bullied, Wilde narrated the emotional pain she suffered and how she underwent surgery several times. The book, according to Wilde, is intended to help mothers cope with the daily challenges of having children with cleft lip and palate.

Aside from expensive treatments, individuals affected by cleft defects unfortunately have to undergo emotional difficulties caused by other people. If you believe that the congenital defects of a loved one resulted from Topamax being taken during pregnancy, the lawyers at Williams Kherkher may represent you. Find out how we may help you hold negligent drug makers liable by calling (800) 220-9341 today.


Recreational anglers lost $585M in potential earnings during BP oil spill year

Posted on Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 11:27 am    

A recent University of Florida study showed that recreational anglers who fish in the Gulf of Mexico lost $585 million in potential earnings due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, making the group potentially eligible for financial compensation from BP, Highlands Today reported on September 17.

In the same vein, BP agreed in 2012 to pay $2.3 billion to commercial fishermen, seafood boat captains and crew, seafood vessel owners, and oyster leaseholders.

UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty member Sherry Larkin said the monetary losses of recreational anglers were significant and noted that trustees could attempt to ask for compensation for all users of the Gulf, a public resource, due to the massive effect the oil spill had on fisheries.

Williams Kherkher has successfully filed claims against BP in regards to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and may be able to help you. Call our offices at (800) 220-9341 today to discuss your claim and legal options.


New drug to treat metastatic melanoma

Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 12:32 pm    

A new treatment to help cure metastatic melanoma – a quick-spreading form of skin cancer that manifests as mole-like marks in the body – has been developed through the drug Keytruda and is intended to bolster the body’s immune system, The Jewish Press reported on September 16.

The drug is currently undergoing clinical trials at Tel Aviv’s Sheba Hospital at Tel Hashomer Medical Center in Israel. Around 250 people diagnosed with melanoma in Israel suffer from metastatic tumors every year. Ella Institute for Melanoma at Sheba Hospital head Professor Jacob Schachter said Keytruda can also be used in the treatment for other types of cancer. The new drug has recently been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

The drug Viagra, usually marketed towards adult men, has been known to cause melanoma, among other complications. If you or someone you love has developed skin cancer or has otherwise been negatively affected while taking Viagra, the attorneys at Williams Kherkher may help you pursue financial compensation for any expenses or suffering. Call our offices at 800-220-9341 today to learn more.


New hip/knee implant “innovations” less effective

Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 12:19 pm    

A recent study published in the BMJ, previously the British Medical Journal, revealed that newer models of hip and knee implant devices are more prone to early failure than older models despite allegations that they are more advanced, DrugWatch reported on September 17.

To be specific, newly-released hip implant devices such as the DePuy ASR Hip and the Zimmer NexGen Knee implant have been verified to have above-average failure rates. The failure of these products often results in patients having to undergo follow-up revision surgeries, which adds to expenses and may affect their health.

The study, led by New York’s Weill Cornell Medical College associate professor Art Sedrakyan, was inspired by the large number of metal-on-metal hip implant failures in recent years. Sedrakyan and his team collaborated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to gather data from 118 previous studies.

The attorneys at Williams Kherkher are committed to giving legal counsel and representation to DePuy hip implant users who have encountered negative side effects or have had premature product failure. Call our offices today at 800-220-9341 to set up an appointment with members of our legal team.


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