Severe Morning Sickness

Every pregnancy is unique. All have their ups and downs, yet some are considered “easy pregnancies” with few unforeseen difficulties, and some are considered “difficult pregnancies” with various complications. On of the lesser know complications experience in a challenging pregnancy by many women is severe morning sickness. Severe morning sickness is extremely unpleasant and could be potentially threatening to the health of the mother and child if gone untreated.

All women experience morning sickness, yet for most if is a manageable if unpleasant sensation of nausea and vomiting experienced most often in the mornings (but can be experienced at any time of day) that peaks around the ninth week of pregnancy and then subsides. Severe morning sickness occurs for longer and far more severely, to the point where the mother has difficulty retaining the nutrients she needs for herself and her child. This can result in severe dehydration and weight loss. This is potentially harmful condition and women who experience it should consult their doctors about treatment as soon as possible.

However, not all treatment is a viable solution to this problem- some nausea medications have significant side effects which can be harmful if taken while pregnant. For example, according to the website of Williams Kherkher, the drug Zofran, which was prescribed to treat morning sickness, has been linked to birth defects such as congenital heart defects, cleft lip, and cleft palate. If you are experiencing severe morning sickness and are seeking medication to treat it, it important to be aware of all of the potential side effects of the medication you use, so as to best consider the health of you and your child. If you were prescribed Zofran while pregnant and your child has any of the above birth defects, you may be entitled to certain damages.

What is Galactorrhea and its link to Risperdal?

Undesirable side effects are part and parcel of many pharmaceuticals. Some are mild, while others are more serious. Risperdal (risperidone) is no exception. One of the side effects that the website of the Risperdal attorneys from the Williams Kherkher law firm says they are investigating on behalf of their personal injury clients is galactorrhea.

Galactorrhea is breast milk production not caused by nursing or childbirth. It occurs in both sexes, newborns, and adolescents. There are many causes attributed to this spontaneous flow of breast milk, including stress and excessive stimulation of the nipples or hormonal disturbances. This includes thyroid disorders and hyperprolactinemia. In about half of all reported cases, the cause is undetermined.

Galactorrhea is identified as a side effect of Risperdal (risperidone), an atypical antipsychotic. It has an affinity to serotonin receptor (5-HT) subtypes and particularly for D2 receptors. It has been known to cause hyperprlactinemia due to blocking prolactin release domanine receptors. This results in elevated prolactin levels observed in about 90% of those taking the drug. Risperdal is different from other atypical antipsychotics in this regard.

If the spontaneous production of milk was all that it caused, Risperdal would not be considered a dangerous drug. However, studies have shown that hyperprolactinaemia triggers hypogonadism because it causes the hypothalamus to release luteinizing hormone-releasing hormones which lowers the levels of testosterone and estrogen in the patient. This can lead to osteoporosis, the decrease in bone mass and density that makes bones brittle. This hormonal imbalance is also indicated in a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

There are many factors that may lead to galactorrhea aside from taking Risperdal. However, while the studies linking Risperdal and galactorrhea and the attendant long-term complications are not yet conclusive, it certainly bears looking into. If you have been prescribed with Risperdal and suffer from galactorrhea, you should consult with your doctor. You should also see an established Rispedal lawyer in your state. You may be one of the first to prove that Risperdal caused your injury.

Unsafe Products: Yasmin and Testosterone Supplements

An article on the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., speaks of the importance of pharmaceutical drugs for people who are ill, suffering from an injury or recovering from a surgery. Medicine, the article further says, has always been a part of medical treatment. Not all who take medicine get the desired beneficial results, though, for due to differences in overall health condition, metabolism and, past illnesses, what may be a cure to some, may serve as poison to others.

It is the task of pharmaceutical companies to produce safe and efficient drugs that will provide the cure to diseases, relieve ailments and keep people in good and healthy condition. Before these drugs are even allowed to be prescribed and released to the market, these will have to be tested and proven safe for use.

May pharmaceutical companies, which also fund the conduction of tests on their own drugs, however, keep the tests’ negative results to have the drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for distribution. Thus, there have been instances when reports of adverse cases are filed against particular drugs, for instead of providing cure for the illnesses these were intended to treat, these, rather, cause more severe illnesses which put patients in greater danger. Some drugs have even been linked to the unexpected death of patients some months after the drug’s use.

A couple of drugs that have been made available in the market and which have been prescribed to millions of users due to their known effectivity and the benefits these provide, are Yasmin and Testosterone supplements. Yasmin, an oral contraceptive from the German firm Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, was introduced in 2001. It was acknowledged as a truly effective contraceptive, preventing females, aged 14 and up, from getting pregnant. Yasmin was also said to effectively treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and temperate acne.

It was not long, however, when reports of Yasmin side effects began to surface; the drug was linked to the death of 23 Canadian women and was found to increase the risk of developing gallbladder injuries, pulmonary embolism (blood clots blocking the pulmonary artery), deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in veins deep inside the body) stroke, heart attack and death.

Testosterone, on the hand, is the hormone that is responsible for different sexual characteristics, such as sexual function and sex drive, maturation of the prostate and various male sex organs, and growth and distribution of male hair, like facial hair. The introduction of testosterone supplements was approved by the FDA for males suffering from Hypogonadism, that is, low testosterone, or low T.

Testosterone supplements, though, have been linked to heart attacks, strokes, and even death. Despite this risk, the seductive television ads that make men think that the supplement is a fountain of youth, have  resulted in more than four million prescriptions. This turn of events has some medical and legal professionals guessing that Low T lawsuits are sure to increase in months to come.