Risks and Side-effects

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research state that more than one-third of America’s population suffer from obesity, a major health problem that increases the risk of heart attack, kidney disease, hypertension, stroke, and other serious illnesses. Being obese means having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher, while being overweight means having, at least, 27 BMI.

Obesity is a health concern around the world and doctors are often in frantic search for a new effective solution that will help obese people shed off the unwanted, dangerous weight that only make them miserably unhealthy.

Before 1999, the last time the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a weight loss drug to be prescribed to obese and overweight individuals, different obese pills were available in the market. There were Ephedra, which dieters went crazy about, Meridia, which was marketed under the names Sibutrex and Reductil, and the famous Fen-Phen, or fenfluramine used with phentermine. Besides these, there were also herbal-based weight loss pills and dietary herbal supplements, like TrimSpa (the favorite of Hollywood actress Anna Nicole Smith) and Metabolife.

Many diet pills, though, including those above, were either pulled out, either by their developer or by the FDA, due to the severe side-effects that these caused and the risk to serious illnesses these were capable of subjecting patients to. Thus, due to the need for a new weight loss pill, an FDA advisory committee’s recommendation for the approval of two (not one) new diet pills could not have come at a better time.

Qsymia (formerly Qnexa) and Belviq (lorcaserin) were, thus, approved by the FDA during the middle part of 2012. These drugs are to be prescribed for obese and overweight individuals who may also be suffering from a weight-related condition, such as dyslipidemia or high cholesterol, type II diabetes, or hypertension; the use of any of the two new drugs should be an addition to regular exercise and a calorie-reduced diet.

Despite the drugs’ effectivity in some individuals, others who have been taking either of the two have only side-effects to complain about. Though still quite new in the market, cases of memory loss, depression, language problems, cardiovascular damage, valvular heart disease and many other serious health problems are already being linked to the use of either Qsymia or Belviq.

The website of Williams Kherkher, with the address, http://www.williamskherkher.com/, offers valuable information about the dangers of using Qsymia or Belviq and the legal options that harmed individuals have.

Risperdal and Pregnancy

Risperdal is a prescription medication given to treat schizophrenia. It is one of the second generation antipsychotic drugs that help balance chemicals in the brain (mainly serotonin and dopamine) in order to boost mood, improve behavior, and hone mental abilities. It is also approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of manic depression (bipolar disorder), and autism (particularly symptoms of irritability).

Women who take Risperdal and become pregnant should not stop taking their medication, unless directed by a doctor. Although the safety of taking Risperdal during pregnancy is not well established, many doctors advise women not to take it during pregnancy (especially during the first and third trimesters) because it can cause side effects and symptoms of withdrawal in the unborn baby.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, stopping treatment for schizophrenia while pregnant can have adverse effects on both mother and child. Therefore it is best to consult a doctor regarding possible alternatives and lower doses to minimize these risks. The chemicals from the drug can also be passed through breastfeeding, so mothers who are on Risperdal are advised to watch out for possible side effects in their children.

Dangerous Drugs

People have become very dependent on prescription drugs: if they are not feeling well they can just ask their doctors to give them a cure or medicine. Although these medications can be very beneficial and convenient, they can also have severe side effects. What’s more is that most people don’t know or are not aware that many of the medications that they are taking are among the dangerous drugs that the FDA has been looking into.

The FDA studies have found out that women who have been taking the popular birth-control pill Yaz (or the sister pill Yasmin) have increased their risk of fatal blood clots by 2-3 times. According to the website of Williams and Kherkher, aside from blood clots women are also at risk of gall bladder disease, strokes, and heart attacks. This danger is mainly due to the high level of drospirenone. The FDA has already made actions against the manufacturers of Yaz and Yasmin (Bayer Pharmaceuticals), updating the warning on the label for risks of blood clots on the legs and arms, as well as other precautions such as not taking the pill before or after surgery or when already suffering from health complications.

Another prescription drug that the FDA has also warned people about is Topamax, made Johnson & Johnsons’. Although the FDA has approved the use of the drug as treatment for people suffering from epilepsy and migraines, recent studies have shown that mothers who have taken Topamax while pregnant have exposed their babies to birth defects such as cleft palate and cleft lip. These oral defects can significantly cause health complications to the newborns, particularly to ear infections. Many women were unaware of the risks that came with taking Topamax while pregnant, and as testified by Williams Kherkher, lawsuits against the manufacturer has been on the rise.

All medications, whether prescribed or over-the-counter, legal or illegal, has side effects. It is therefore important to understand or weigh whether the benefits outweighs the risks that come with taking any of these dangerous drugs.