Miami Singulair Lawyer
Millions of people suffer from respiratory conditions in the U.S., with asthma and allergies amongst the most common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly ten percent of Americans currently suffer from asthma. Fortunately, these conditions are often treatable. Singulair, for instance, has proven effective in treating both asthma and allergies. Using these medications, however, isn’t always free of risk. Some of the people, for instance, who use Singulair have experienced changes in mood or behavior, including aggression, as well as hallucinations, insomnia, compulsive behavior, and even suicidal thoughts, while others have experienced flu-like symptoms, severe sinus pain, skin rashes and numbness.
If you were prescribed Singulair and have experienced any of these symptoms, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses if you were unaware of these risks beforehand. To learn more about your legal options, please call one of our dedicated Miami Singulair lawyers today.
Risks of Using Singulair
Singulair is a type of medication that prevents asthma and allergy attacks by inhibiting the chemicals that the body releases when someone inhales an allergen, basically reducing swelling in the lungs and loosening the muscles around the airways. Unfortunately, using Singulair has also proven to carry serious risks for certain patients, including:
- Sleep disturbances;
- Suicidal thoughts; and
- Suicidal actions.
While neuropsychiatric symptoms are some of the most common side effects experienced by users of Singulair, they are by no means the only ones. Many patients, for instance, report suffering from skin rashes, tremors, headaches, stomach pains, heartburn, nausea, diarrhea, and fatigue. Unfortunately, many Singulair users were not notified of these risks before taking the medication and suffered devastating side effects as a result, often when other medications and less aggressive therapies would have been more effective. It is, however, possible for patients who find themselves in this situation, to recover compensation for their losses by filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the drug.
After disturbing reports of agitation, depressions, and suicidal thoughts and actions amongst patients, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the makers of Singulair to strengthen their existing warnings about the risk of neuropsychiatric events after ingesting the drug. The warning advises health care providers to avoid prescribing the medication except in cases of severe asthma and some types of allergies. Concern over the drug’s side effects became so severe that in 2019, the FDA re-evaluated the benefits and risks of this type of treatment and ultimately determined that the risk of using Singulair may outweigh the benefits for some patients. As a result, the FDA, in addition to the boxed warning, began requiring doctors to give Medication Guides to new Singulair patients.
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If you were prescribed Singulair and suffered from a side effect, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about the strength of your own case, as well as your legal options, please call 305-423-3800 and speak with one of the dedicated Miami Singulair lawyers at Spencer Morgan Law today.