Side Effects of Zofran

Zofran is a widely used drug, prescribed globally. It is most often used to treat symptoms of nausea and vomiting. It has proved very effective a treating the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy treatments and post-operative surgery. While this drug is very effective, it is not without its draw backs. Like all medications, Zofran has many side effects, ranging from mild to very dangerous, which could potentially become problematic is patients, doctors, and the makers of the drug do not take appropriate cautionary measures.

Some mild side effects of Zofran include constipation, dizziness and headache. These are the most common side effects that patients experience when consuming the drug. These side effects cause discomfort in patients but are not dangerous or life threatening, and generally the use of the drug can be continued even when these are experienced.

More severe side effects have been experienced in a smaller percentage of patients. The injectable form of the drug has been linked to a potentially fatal heart rhythm in certain patients. Additionally, according to the website of the Williams Kherkher, Zofran has been linked to birth defects in the children of women who were prescribed the drug while pregnant. Some women experience severe morning sickness, and the makers of Zofran marketed Zofran to treat the symptoms of nausea and vomiting associated with this condition. However, this drug proved to be very harmful to pregnant mothers, and a link was noticed between Zofran and birth defects such as congenital heart defects, cleft lip, and cleft palate. If you were prescribed Zofran while pregnant and your child has any of the above birth defects, you may be entitled to certain damages. It is important to talk to your doctor about all potential side effects of a medication such as Zofran before using it.

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The Expensive Connection between Gynecomastia and Risperdal

Adverse side effects of powerful drugs are something that people who have no other treatment options have to accept. They make this choice when they consult with their doctors and decide to go ahead with treatment. They take the risk of adverse effects because of the benefits.

However, when crucial information is withheld that could have affected this choice, this is negligence. If the doctor fails to explain it in full to the patient, it is medical malpractice. If the drug company suppresses information from both the doctors and the patients, it is product liability.

In far too many cases, drug companies withhold information that may affect their sales. In the case of Risperdal (risperidone), an atypical antipsychotic that appeared to be safe even for children diagnosed with autism, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder, the knot in the wood was gynecomastia. According to the website of Risperdal lawyers of Williams Kherkher, gynecomastia is the abnormal development of male breasts.

It appeared that Riperdal could cause gynecomastia in young boys. Granted that Risperdal is effective in controlling the symptoms of approved mental disorders, parents may have thought twice about putting their young son on a drug that could have undesirable long-term effects. Other treatments available could get the job done well enough without these effects.

The big mistake of drug maker Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a division of Johnson & Johnson) is that it suppressed this information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), doctors, and patients. When the connection was made, and the courts imposed fines on Janssen and J&J, it opened the floodgates for civil lawsuits.

The first case that went to trial for the allegation that Janssen willfully withheld information about the causative link between gynecomastia and Risperdal was filed in Philadelphia. The patient, Austin Pledger, first started taking Risperdal in 2002 for autism when he was 7 years old. The now-20-year-old has 46 DD breasts. The jury found Janssen and J&J liable for damages to the tune of $2.5 million. The drug maker is expected to appeal.

If you can relate in a meaningful way with the plight of Austin Pledger, then you may also be eligible to sue Janssen and J&J. Contact an aggressive Risperdal lawyer in your area to advise you. You may also be the first in your state to make it to trial.

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Health Effects of Hard Water

Water in the US is generally hard, meaning that it contains significant amounts of metal ions such as calcium and magnesium. States with the “hardest” water with more than 1,000 ppm (parts per million) include Texas, Kansas, and California. That’s all well and good, but what does it really mean when one has hard water in the home? Is it a health hazard?

The minerals that are in water are (usually) natural occurring, and sometimes an area may have particularly rich deposits of these minerals, which gets into the water and thus into homes. Extensive studies into the health effects of hard water per se shows no indications that it is harmful to the human body, and there is evidence that reasonably hard water may actually have health benefits.

Health effects notwithstanding, hard water has a peculiar taste and smell that most people find distasteful, and can alter the taste of food and drinks. In areas where the water has excessive amounts of calcium and magnesium, this is can be too much of a good thing.

Hard water can also be actively harmful in other ways, specifically in depositing residue on clothes and glass surfaces as well as clogging water pipes. This can have serious financial consequences, especially when clogged water pipes lead to damage to appliances such as the water heater. Even if no appliances ate damaged, the pipes themselves gradually become useless and will eventually have to be replaced.

Homes in areas such as Austin in Texas know firsthand how bad it can get, and yet a surprising number of people have never considered the obvious solution to this problem: water softeners. It can treat the hard water before it gets into the pipes, thus preventing the cumulative effects in the first place. Contact a reputable water treatment company in your area to get a free water test and a quote for what your home needs to be hard water-free.

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