The widely-prescribed anti-arrhythmic drug amiodarone has recently been linked to serious side effects including blindness, Toxic Epidermal Necrosis (TEN), and severe lung damage. Although it is only recommended to treat life-threatening irregular heartbeats when all other options have been exhausted, amiodarone is commonly prescribed in an off-label capacity (for which it was neither tested nor approved by the FDA) by doctors who fail to inform their patients about the possible health complications associated with the drug. The amiodarone lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, are currently offering free, no-obligation consultations to individuals injured by Amiodarone side effects.
Free Amiodarone Lawsuit Evaluation: If you suffered a serious injury after taking amiodarone, or if a loved one died while being treated with Amiodarone, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of amiodarone and we can help.
Amiodarone is the generic name for an FDA-approved anti-arrhythmic medication used to reduce heart irregularities. Though the substance was first identified in 1961, it wasn’t until 1985 that it received FDA clearance. Despite being among the most effective anti-arrhythmic drugs on the market, it also has some of the most severe side effects. In the United States, amiodarone is manufactured by Upsher-Smith Laboratories as Pacerone, as well as by Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories as Cordarone. Although its precise mechanism of action is still not completely understood, it is thought that amiodarone works by lengthening a portion of the heart’s electrical activity.
Side Effects of Amiodarone
It has recently come to the public’s attention that a large number of doctors have prescribed amiodarone for off-label purposes without informing their patients of its possible side effects. In 2004, amiodarone was prescribed to approximately 2.3 million patients, 82% of whom were given the medication for indications other than those it is approved to treat. These statistics are made even more shocking by the severe, potentially life-threatening complications that have been linked to amiodarone, which have been reported to include:
- Lung diseases
- Interstitial lung disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Thyroid damage
- Liver damage
- Allergic reactions
- Nervous system complications
- Toxic Epidermal Necrosis (TEN)
- Respiratory failure
- Kidney failure
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
- Heart arrhythmias
- Sinus arrest
- Ventricular tachycardia
- Cardiogenic shock
- Torsades de pointes
- Bone marrow depression
Many patients who suffered these complications have reported that their doctors did not mention the side effects of amiodarone before prescribing it. Sadly, recent studies have indicated that up to 17% of patients suffered from lung damage after taking amiodarone, with 10% eventually dying as a result of their condition.
If you are taking Amiodarone
If you are currently on a regimen of amiodarone, seek immediate medical attention if you experience one or more of the following adverse reactions:
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble breathing
- Passing dark-colored urine
- Unusually tired
- Yellow skin
- Stomach pain
- Chest pain
- Spitting up blood
- Changes in your heart beat, such as a pounding heart, very rapid, or very slow
- heart beat
If you or someone you love suffered a serious injury after taking any of the different versions of amiodarone (Pacerone or Cordarone), contact the law offices of Schmidt & Clark, LLP, today to explore your legal options. You may be entitled to file an amiodarone lawsuit, and we can help. If we determine that you have a valid claim, compensation may be awarded to you for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Contact us today to learn more.
Do I Have an Amiodarone Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Amiodarone lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Amiodarone injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Amiodarone Lawsuit Evaluation: If you suffered a serious injury after taking Amiodarone, or if a loved one died while being treated with Amiodarone, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Amiodarone injury suit and we can help.