Risperdal and the risk of depression

Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 1:14 pm    

Risperdal is a type of atypical antipsychotic drug designed to manage disruptive behaviors, bipolar disorder, psychoses and schizophrenia. It works by decreasing the elevated levels of neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine among patients with these disorders. In some cases, Risperdal may even block the effects of these neurochemicals.

However, medications that directly affect brain chemicals are well-associated with suicide and suicidal ideation. For instance, several studies have shown low levels of dopamine and serotonin increase the likelihood of depression. Furthermore, a decreased level of serotonin increases the risk of emotional disorders, such as anxiety and negative thinking, while a low dopamine level is associated with loss of memory, concentration and focus, among other cognitive effects.

If taking Risperdal has caused you or your loved one harm, a Risperdal side-effect attorney at Williams Kherkher can assess whether your situation qualifies for a claim. Call us at 800-220-9341 today to learn more.

Patients taking Xarelto who are at risk of paralysis

Posted on Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 10:23 am    

There are certain conditions which may result in an increased risk of patients becoming paralyzed. Patients who are taking the anticoagulant drug Xarelto to treat blood clots while simultaneously receiving medicine through an epidural catheter, for instance, are at risk of permanent paralysis. If any of the following symptoms occur, immediately contact a medical professional:

  • Weakness of feet and leg muscles
  • Numbness
  • Back pains
  • Tingling sensations
  • Fecal and urination incontinence

People who are taking Xarelto and experience the above symptoms may be developing hematoma in the epidural area, which could result in paralysis.

There are many negative side effects associated with the pharmaceutical Xarelto, some of which are even fatal. If you or someone you know has been injured or experienced death after taking Xarelto, it could be crucial to discuss your case with an experienced product liability attorney at Williams Kherkher. Learn about the possible legal methods for recourse by calling our offices at 800-220-9341 today.

Typical side effects linked to Benicar use

Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 12:29 pm    

People who are taking Benicar to reduce their blood pressure should immediately seek medical attention if they experience the following symptoms:

  • Reduced or no urination at all
  • Swelling of the hands or feet
  • Dizziness that may lead to unconsciousness
  • Uncontrollable diarrhea
  • Sudden reduction of weight

Some people taking Benicar unfortunately may develop severe conditions that can be fatal. If you believe that you or a loved one has been injured by this potentially dangerous drug, enlisting a knowledgeable lawyer is important for the best chance to secure compensation for the financial losses you’ve suffered. Speak with the lawyers of Williams Kherkher today by calling (800) 220-9341 to find out how we may work for you.

Eye problems linked to Topamax use

Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 12:09 pm    

Individuals who take Topamax to treat migraine are advised to immediately seek medical help if they experience the following eye problems as a result of taking the medicine in the first month:

  • Temporary or permanent blindness
  • Eye pain
  • Secondary angle closure glaucoma– pressure due to fluid build up in the eye
  • Other vision irregularities

Topamax users experiencing such side effects may totally lose their vision if these conditions are not treated.

In addition to eye problems, congenital birth defects like facial clefts and hypospadias may occur in babies exposed to Topamax in the womb. If this has happened to you or to a loved one, you may possibly be entitled to receive treatment funds needed for your fast recovery. Learn more about your options from the attorneys of Williams Kherkher today by calling (800) 220-9341.

Dialysis critical after kidney failure

Posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 9:28 am    

Many people suffer from kidney diseases or kidney failure. When this happens, the blood in your body fails to go through the cleansing process the kidneys are responsible for, resulting in harmful waste buildup. If you go without treatment, it is likely that your blood pressure will rise and swelling will occur from from fluid collecting in your body’s tissues. Eventually, this condition can even lead to death.

Fortunately, kidney dialysis is an effective treatment that allows for the blood to be regularly cleaned in those suffering from kidney problems. Dialysis uses a special machine that performs the actions of the kidney. There are two different methods of dialysis. Hemodialysis utilizes an exterior dialysis machine to filter blood, while during Peritoneal dialysis, blood is filtered inside the body after a special cleaning solution has been applied to the abdomen.

GranuFlo used to be a common aspect of the dialysis treatment, as it was used to remove harmful substances from the blood. Unfortunately, however, many who have used GranuFlo have suffered serious side effects that have compromised their health and resulted in extensive medical expenses. If you have been harmed unduly by using GranuFlo, call the attorneys at Williams Kherkher today at 800-220-9341 to learn about your legal options for recourse.

Timing considerations for hypospadias surgery

Posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 11:40 am    

Hypospadias is a birth defect where the urethral opening is abnormally placed. Some minor cases do not interfere with functionality, but more severe cases may require surgery. Timing of the surgery is a major consideration for corrective treatments.

Medical literatures vary on their opinion as to the proper timing for hypospadias repair. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggested that babies with hypospadias should undergo corrective treatments between 6 months to 1 year old. Others suggested that surgery should be done as early as 4 months after birth, given that the penis a suitable length for repair in male patients. However, those with more complicated cases may need to wait for several years before undergoing surgery. Other factors that medical experts will need to consider in regards to timing is an evaluation of underlying conditions linked to the hypospadias and if hormonal stimulation is first needed.

Treating hypospadias can become expensive, especially if the patient will need to undergo series of surgeries to correct the defect. However, you may be entitled to treatment funds if you think that your loved one’s hypospadias is linked to fetal exposure of Topamax during pregnancy. Find out how the Williams Kherkher legal team may possibly advocate for you today by calling (800) 220-9341.

The progression of ovarian cancer

Posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 11:22 am    

In the U.S., cancer of the ovaries is associated with thousands of cancer deaths among women. The National Cancer Institute even estimated that a woman’s lifetime risk of dying from this type of invasive disease is 1 out of 100.

Treatment for ovarian cancer largely depends on its severity. To measure how far the cancer has developed and spread, doctors follow a simple staging system with four categories:

  • Stage 1 – The cancer can be found inside or on the surface of one or both ovaries
  • Stage 2 – The cancer has spread outside the ovaries, affecting the organs surrounded by the hip bones
  • Stage 3 – The cancer can be found on the areas outside the pelvic bones and within the abdominal cavity
  • Stage 4 – The cancer has spread to other distant organs of the body, including the heart, the lungs, and the liver

Unfortunately, thousands of cases of ovarian cancer have been associated with the use of female sanitary products containing talcum powder. If you believe your situation is a result of talcum powder use, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher can help you decide whether to pursue legal action against the drug manufacturer involved. Call us at 800-220-9341 today.

Juneau defends his actions as BP asks for his removal

Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 10:06 am    

Court-appointed Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims administrator Patrick Juneau said in a filing with the United States Supreme Court that he has process and granted claims awards according to the settlement guidelines, despite BP’s allegations that he misinterpreted the settlement, The Times-Picayune reported on October 7.

The filing was in response to BP’s September request to a federal judge to have Juneau removed as claims administrator, alleging that Juneau did not report a conflict of interest. In fact, BP wants the settlement to be thrown out entirely, as the company believes many people and businesses were given awards even though their losses were not related to the oil spill.

The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon led to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, affecting many businessmen and residents living and working nearby. If you are among those affected by the oil spill, get in touch with our attorneys at the Williams Kherkher by dialing 800-220-9341 today.

Risperdal-induced priapism may lead to sexual dysfunction

Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 3:00 pm    

In 2009, The Primary Care Companion to The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry presented a case study involving a 31-year old African-American man who suffered 10 days of priapism, or prolonged and painful penile erection without sexual stimulation, after taking the atypical antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

According to the case report, 15% to 26% of cases of priapism have been associated with the use of antipsychotic drugs, including Risperdal. Antipsychotics are well-recognized to have direct effects on the mechanism that preserves the flaccidity of the penis. If left untreated, Risperdal-induced priapism may lead to other male sexual dysfunctions, such as penile disfigurement and failure to get and maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction).

Unfortunately, Risperdal has also been associated with many different, some even life-threatening medical complications, such as neuroleptic malignant syndrome and heart attacks. If taking Risperdal has compromised you or your loved one’s health, consider filing a legal claim by speaking with our team at Williams Kherkher. You may reach us at (800) 220-9341.

Belviq may cause depression and other side effects

Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 2:51 pm    

In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Belviq, a pill that promises weight loss with proper diet and increased physical activity. It is classified as a serotonergic drug, which means it has a direct effect on the body’s level of serotonin, a brain chemical known to curb appetite.

However, clinical studies suggest persistent use of serotogenic drugs can actually be pro-depressant. In fact, pre-marketing trials of the drug suggest the drug may cause the emergence and worsening of depression and other psychiatric disorders such as suicidal thoughts and behavior, euphoria, dissociation, and hallucination. Cognitive effects, such as memory loss, loss of focus, and confusion have also been associated with its use.

If using Belviq has caused you more harm than good, let our legal team at Williams Kherkher help you pursue the justice and compensation you believe you deserve. Call us at (800) 220-9341 to seek help in possibly filing a lawsuit.

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