Serious Side Effects From Prescription Painkillers

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Are you one of the thousands of people who have suffered serious problems while taking a prescription painkiller? Maybe the unthinkable happened – you lost a loved one who was taking a prescription medication to manage their pain from another condition. Whatever made them need the medication in the first place was bad enough, let alone the painkillers' side effects.

At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we wish we could turn back the clock and erase what happened to you and your family. Nothing can make up for the loss you've endured, but you should know that you may have a case. We offer a free legal consultation to learn your legal options.

Problems Associated With Prescription Opioid Painkillers

Sales of prescription painkillers have nearly doubled from 2001-2011. According to IMS Health, nearly $8.5 billion was spent on drugs such as:

  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone (the active ingredient in OxyContin)

Health officials started getting concerned when the use of these drugs began increasing dramatically. Not only have there been more patients taking prescription painkillers, but their strength has increased more than 50 percent as well. Some doctors have limited writing prescriptions for patients, or they've tried to keep doses as low as possible. Others, however, have continued to write prescriptions and even have increased dosage amounts.

In 2008 (the most recent year for which data is available), 14,800 people died due to complications with prescription painkillers. Serious side effects include:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Reduced hormone production
  • Increased falls
  • Hip fractures
  • Increased sensitivity to pain
  • Addiction
  • Fatal overdoses

Victim of Prescription Painkillers? Wonder if You Have a Case?

There are many different types of prescription painkillers known as opioids, which are made by several different pharmaceutical companies. There are also many different potential side effects and medical complications, so you may wonder if you have a case. You may have lost a loved one and wonder if too much time has passed to pursue compensation – are there time limits to file a lawsuit?

You have questions, and at the Pennsylvania law firm of Edgar Snyder & Associates, we have answers. Call 1-866-943-3427, or fill out the forms at the top right of this page for a free legal consultation to find out your legal options. You're not obligated to use our services, and we'll tell you whether we think you have a case.

"Tightening the Lid on Prescription Painkillers." The New York Times. April 8, 2012.