Xarelto prescription for patients with blood clots

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 at 2:06 pm    

To achieve optimal treatment, blood clot patients should strictly follow their medical providers’ instructions on how to safely take Xarelto. Below are typical Xarelto prescription instructions given to patients with blood clots in the lungs or legs:

  • Patients may be required to take Xarelto one or two times a day.
  • Patients should take Xarelto everyday at exactly the same time.
  • Patients should take Xarelto with food.
  • Patients who forgot to take Xarelto are advised to take the medicine immediately during the day and make sure to continue your usual dosage the following day.

Patients under Xarelto medication are strongly warned not to alter their prescribed dosage or discontinue the medication without the knowledge of their doctors.

The pharmaceutical lawyers of Williams Kherkher are aware that some people who have taken Xarelto have suffered serious bleeding problems in the digestive system, which can be fatal. However, treatment funds may pursued if you have been hurt by this drug. Find out how we may help you today by calling (800) 220-9341.

Possible symptoms that patients on Topamax may experience

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 at 2:00 pm    

Individuals who are taking Topamax medicine to either treat seizures or migraines should immediately contact their medical provider if they experience any of the following recurring symptoms:

  • Paresthesia, or abnormal sensations felt in the limbs
  • Any digestive related problems like diarrhea or abdominal pain
  • Eating disorders, such as loss of appetite or distorted sense of taste
  • Locomotive problems
  • Eye disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Fever

Aside from the aforementioned symptoms, there may be other symptoms that are linked to Topamax use, and patients are urged to notify their doctors, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or the drug manufacturer if they experience health problems while taking this anti-seizure drug.

Sadly many babies are born with congenital defects in America as a result of their mothers taking Topamax during pregnancy. If you think this happened to a loved one, the skilled legal team at Williams Kherkher may help you pursue financial compensation to cover the cost of treatments. Call us at 800-641-9810 today to learn about more of your options.

Multi-district litigation vs. class action lawsuits

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 11:01 am    

Earlier this month, lawyers of plaintiffs who sued J&J over its power morcellator filed a request to consolidate similar suits in Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). MDL is a legal procedure that combines comparable lawsuits filed by different parties. This is different from class action, which involves a single lawsuit collectively filed by representatives of a larger group of complainants.

Both MDL and class action suits are used by the U.S. courts to manage mass torts. These tools make pre-trial procedures, including the discovery of evidence, more consolidated, convenient, and expeditious. However, because a class action involves only one lawsuit, all class member claimants are bounded by the same settlement and would receive substantially identical compensations. On the other hand, because MDLs are considered separate cases, claimants can be awarded recovery amounts based on the damages they individually claimed.

If you have been harmed by a power morcellator, our team of product liability attorneys at Williams Kherkher may help you file a claim against the manufacturer involved. Call us at (800) 220-9341 today to learn more.

Zofran maker wants to consolidate suits in MDL

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 10:58 am    

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), maker of the anti-nausea drug Zofran, has requested to consolidate several lawsuits involving the drug in Multidistrict Litigation (MDL), Reuters reported on July 7.

In a request filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, the pharmaceutical giant hopes that the cases will go before federal court in the state of Pennsylvania, where the company’s operations are currently based. GSK is facing a dozen of lawsuits over allegation that its drug may cause birth defects, including cleft palate and heart malformations.

As a parent, knowing that your child has a birth defect can be extremely painful. Your child’s difficulty in coping with his or her condition, the treatments and the possible life-long complications that accompany some defects can be exhausting to face alone. Our team of pharmaceutical attorneys at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you during this trying time. Call us today at (800) 220-9341 to see if your child’s situation qualifies you to file legal action against the maker of the drug.

Home dialysis encouraged by more doctors for certain patients

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 9:15 am    

Even though some chronic kidney disease patients opt to visit hospitals or dialysis treatment centers three times a week to filter their blood, more and more doctors are advising certain patients to undergo home dialysis treatments, according to Cleveland Clinic on July 15.

Nephrologist Sheru Kansal, MD, says patients can opt for hemodialysis – a dialysis process which takes a shorter time than the regular dialysis – so instead of doing it for thrice a week, the patient can do it for shorter intervals five to six times each week. When they do this process at home, patients are often more comfortable and it’s more convenient than traveling to a treatment clinic.

Our attorneys at Williams Kherkher handle pharmaceutical complaints regarding kidney dialysates, including GranuFlo, a product manufactured by the Fresenius Medical Group that has been known to cause adverse medical effects in those who used it. Call our offices today at (800) 220-9341 to learn more about taking action against negligent companies.

Contraceptive pills and pregnancy lower uterine cancer risk – study

Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 1:26 pm    

Researchers at the University of Melbourne found that women with Lynch syndrome have a lower risk of uterine cancer if they are taking hormonal contraceptives or have been pregnant before, Health Canal reported on July 7.

The study, which involved 1,128 women with a gene mutation that causes Lynch syndrome, found that women who had one child were 60% less likely to have uterine cancer compared to those who had none. The risk became even lower for women with more than one child. On the other hand, women who took hormonal contraceptives for at least a year decreased their risk of uterine cancer by 50%.

Lynch syndrome is a genetic disease that increases a woman’s risk of certain types of cancer, including uterine cancer. One in 1,000 women has a Lynch syndrome-causing gene mutation.

Apart from Lynch syndrome, the use of a power morcellator during hysterectomies also increases a woman’s risk of uterine cancer. Speak with an attorney at Williams Kherkher by calling (800) 220-9341 to learn more about how to hold the maker of this dangerous medical device accountable for the harm it has caused you.

Signs of infantile scoliosis

Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 12:30 pm    

Scoliosis, or the abnormal curvature of the spine, affects 2% to 3% of the U.S. population, or approximately 6 to 9 people in the country. Although the onset of scoliosis usually appears between ages 10 and 15, some develop this disease during infancy or early childhood. When signs and symptoms of scoliosis appear between birth and 3 years of age, it is called infantile scoliosis.

Your baby might be suffering from scoliosis if:

  • A bulge appears on one side of the chest
  • The baby consistently lies curved on one side
  • The baby is suffering from conditions affecting the lungs or the heart
  • The baby is difficult to feed because of shortness of breath
  • The baby is restless or irritated because of chest pain

Several studies have shown links between infantile scoliosis and the migraine drug Depakote taken during pregnancy. If you believe your child’s scoliosis has resulted from taking this drug, our team of defective pharmaceutical attorneys at Williams Kherkher is here to help assess your situation. Call us at (800) 220-9341 to learn if your circumstances qualify you to file a claim against the manufacturer involved.

Smoking increases schizophrenia risk

Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 12:01 pm    

A study published in The Lancet Psychiatry reveals a possible link between cigarette smoking and the development of schizophrenia, Forbes reported on July 13.

Researchers from Kings College London learned that daily smokers were two times more likely to develop schizophrenia. They also found that smokers were more likely to have psychosis onset about a year earlier than those who don’t smoke.

The study did not illustrate the causality of smoking as a risk factor of schizophrenia. But because psychotic illnesses have been associated with increased dopamine in the brain, researchers believe that nicotine’s effect to the brain’s dopamine level could trigger the disease.

Individuals are oftentimes prescribed with Risperdal to manage symptoms of schizophrenia. However, this drug has also been associated with adverse health effects, such as gynecomastia and diabetes. If you think taking this drug has caused you or your loved one harm, you might be eligible to take legal action against the manufacturer involved. Speak with us at Williams Kherkher by calling (800) 220-9341 today.

Cobalt poisoning caused by corroding hip implants

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 at 2:17 pm    

A paper published in the Journal of Patient Safety noted that a decline in general health in people with hip implants improved if a worn or corroded hip implant was removed, according to PR Newswire on July 9.

The paper, entitled “A Systematic Review of Systemic Cobaltism After Wear or Corrosion of Chrome-Cobalt Hip Implants,” reviewed 25 cases of cobalt poisoning due to wear and tear of hip replacement implants. In addition to cobalt poisoning, a myriad of other negative effects hounded the patients unfortunate enough to have these defective hip implants.

Those with defective hip implants experienced neurological, psychological, immune, thyroid, heart, and blood problems, and a general degradation of the body that was found to improve after the harmful device was removed. Some patients also reported hearing, sight, and sensory loss, and even chronic depression.

Patients who had corroded hip implants experienced an increase of cobalt in the blood that was anywhere from 10 to 1,000 times greater than what is generally recommended.

The legal team of Williams Kherkher helps people in this situation when they are suffering from defective hip implants made by DePuy. Do not hesitateto enlist our legal services in the pursuit of financial compensation from those responsible. Call us at (800) 220-9341 today to begin taking action.

Other medications that may increase bleeding risks in Xarelto users

Friday, July 10th, 2015 at 1:29 pm    

Patients who are considering taking Xarelto medicine to prevent stroke or any blood clot complications are advised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to inform their health providers if they are taking any medications with the following active ingredients:

  • Itraconazole
  • Ketoconazole
  • Lopinavir
  • Ritonavir
  • Carbamazepine
  • Indinavir
  • Phenobarbital
  • St. John’s wort
  • Rifampin
  • Phenytoin

These active ingredients and some herbal and synthetic supplements may increase the risk of bleeding if taken in tandem with Xarelto. Patients who consider using Xarelto should be aware of the active ingredients in other medications they are taking in order to prevent any harmful effects.

Unfortunately, taking Xarelto medicine alone can increase the risk of bleeding, potentially causing serious damage to the digestive system. If you believe that you have been harmed by defective medications, the lawyers of Williams Kherkher may represent you. Call us today at (800) 220-9341 to find out how we may help you pursue damage claims from negligent pharmaceutical companies.

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