What Are The Most Common Drugs Involved In These Cases?
While this list is not comprehensive, serious complications have arisen for some patients who were prescribed the following medications:
- Hormone replacement therapy drugs: Examples include Prempro, Premphase, Premarin, and Provera. Hormone replacement drugs have been linked to breast cancer, heart attack, stroke, blood clots, auto-immune diseases, and gallbladder cancer.
- Granuflo: This drug is often prescribed to kidney dialysis patients and has been linked to sudden cardiac arrest, injury, and death.
- Paxil: An antidepressant that can have a serious impact on pregnant women as it may cause Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in newborns (PPHN). This condition affects the heart and lungs of newborn infants.
- Yaz and Yasmin: Two birth control products that can cause patients to suffer blood clots and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). These drugs also can lead to pulmonary embolisms in some patients, which can cause heart attacks or strokes.
- Reglan: A drug used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease. Reglan can cause involuntary repetitive movement, such as tardive dyskinesia, dystonia, akathisia, and pseudoparkinsonism.
- Taxotere: A chemotherapy drug which can cause permanent hair loss. It is used to treat breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and neck cancer.
- Fen-Phen: A prescription that combines fenfluramine and phentermine, creating an appetite suppressant. Although both drugs are approved separately, combining them can cause heart damage and primary pulmonary hypertension.