Dangerous drugs do not have to be illegal substances. In fact, some of the most dangerous drugs on the market today are those that are prescribed regularly by physicians throughout the state (and the country). These drugs are not labeled dangerous just for their propensity for overdosing – they are also dangerous due to complications known with the medication, or even their likelihood to cause addiction. If your physician is writing you a prescription and it is one of the dangerous drugs, you may want to ask if there is an alternative, or make sure that you truly need that medication.
Also, note that not all of these medications are inherently dangerous; instead, it could just be improper dosage or combining medications that make them dangerous.
Most Dangerous Drugs Available Today
- Digoxin – This medication can lead to symptoms of nausea, dizziness, cardiac failure, hypotension, pain, atrial fibrillation, and much more. As a cardiovascular agent, 83 percent of the drug’s reactions are serious.
- Spironolactone – Another cardiovascular agent that is known for dangerous interactions, dyspnea, renal failures, hyperkalemia, nausea, and hypotension.
- Morphine – This analgesic is commonly used in surgery and for pain management, but carries dangerous side-effects, including fatigue, death, vomiting, nausea, pain, drug abuse, and more.
- Ondansetron – This medication is an antiemetic used to control nausea and vomiting, but is also associated with causing worsening nausea, fatigue, dyspnea, pyrexia, dehydration, and even death.
- Ramipril – This is an antihypertensive that is known to cause fatigue, asthenia, renal failure, nausea, myocardial infarction, and even dizziness.
- Rosiglitazone – This is a drug prescribed to diabetics, but carries significant risk of myocardial infarction, cardiac failure, cerebrovascular accidents, coronary artery disease, cardiac disorders, death, acute myocardial infarction, blood glucose increases, and chest pain.
- Medroxyprogesterone – As an endocrine-metabolic agent, this medication can also lead to breast cancer, depression, estrogen receptor assay issues, headaches, nausea, and pain.
- Cyclophosphamide – This is considered to be one of the most dangerous drugs out there – having a 97 percent serious reaction rate. It is an antineoplastic agent that can lead to thrombocytopenia, pyrexia, febrile neutropenia, anemia, sepsis, pneumonia and death.
- Prednisolone – Used as an endocrine-metabolic agent, this medication can lead to malaise, dyspnea, sepsis, nausea and vomiting, and pneumonia.
- Clozapine – As an antipsychotic medication, Clozapine carries significant risks including death, white blood cell count increases, neutrophil count increases, granulocytopenia, malaise, pneumonia, pyrexia, tachycardia, and neutrophil count decreases.
If you are being prescribed a medication, you can research the medication online via HealthGrove. Here, you can look at all known side effects and potential complications, so that you discuss them with your treating physician.
Were You Injured by a Dangerous Medication?
Medications are not inherently dangerous, but often, when they are prescribed inadequately, administered in the incorrect dose, or a physician fails to monitor his or her patients’ complaints and side-effects, they can be deadly. If you were injured due to a dangerous medication or your physician’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice claim. The statute of limitations for filing such claims is limited; therefore, contact a Connecticut attorney right away to explore your options. Contact Berkowitz and Hanna LLC today to schedule a no-obligation case evaluation. Contact us online to get started.