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Amiodarone Lawsuit

The anti-arrhythmic drug Amiodarone has recently been linked to serious side effects including blindness, Toxic Epidermal Necrosis (TEN) and lung damage.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by Amiodarone side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

Amiodarone Overview

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 disease
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Thyroid damage
  • Liver damage
  • Vision damage
  • Allergic reactions
  • Nervous system complications
  • Toxic Epidermal Necrosis (TEN)
  • Blindness
  • Respiratory failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Sinus arrest
  • Ventricular tachycardia
  • Cardiogenic shock
  • Torsades de pointes
  • Stroke
  • Bone marrow depression
  • Death

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
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Passing dark-colored urine
  • Unusually tired
  • Yellow skin
  • Stomach pain
  • Faintness
  • Light-headedness
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Spitting up blood
  • Changes in your heart beat, such as a pounding heart, very rapid, or very slow
  • heart beat

Do I have a 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 injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by Amiodarone,you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.

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