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Prescription drug and food combinations that cause side effects

Some 70 percent of all Americans take prescription drugs on a daily basis. At least 50 percent take at least two. Many patients trust their doctors or pharmacists to tell warn them about potential side effects of taking a drug, including mixing it with other medications, drinking or driving. These professionals, however, rarely warn about the implications of consuming these drugs alongside certain foods. By not doing so, patients are put at risk for suffering serious injuries or death.

Take for example antidepressants. Many ones like Nardil, Parnate, Marplan and Emsam are classified as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). If you take one of these and also consume food products high in tyramine, a blood pressure regulating amino acid, then you could experience complications from a sudden increase in blood pressure.

Is the FDA responsible for damages caused by Essure?

The Food and Drug Administration bears the responsibility of ensuring that food products and consumer drugs are safe. When the FDA overlooks certain problems with products or does not do adequate testing to determine the safety of a product, the public can suffer.

Readers may know there is an ongoing surge of lawsuits filed against the manufacturer of Essure, a type of birth control device. After several reported deaths of women who had the implanted device, there was widespread pressure for the company to pull the product from the market. While the FDA did have an investigation into the claims that the product was dangerous, the product remains on the market, albeit with a warning label.

Born Addicted: The Smallest Victims of the Opioid Crisis

America's opioid crisis has become known throughout the country as the "epidemic of epidemics." In 2016, alone, opioid overdoses claimed 64,000 lives, a number greater than the entire death toll during the Vietnam War. The suffering undergone by addicts and their families is immense. Yet, the most innocent suffers are the ones who are the smallest, most fragile and most innocent-babies born to opioid addicted mothers and who are addicted, themselves.

This country's opioid epidemic is painfully evident in hospital newborn units across the country. In 2012 nearly 22,000 babies were born drug dependent, one every 25 minutes. In more recent years, the number has jumped to one every 19 minutes. In fact, the number of children needing intensive treatment has become so overwhelming that hospitals, such as Niswonger Children's Hospital in Tennessee, have opened new wards just to care for them.

Blood thinners are the most dangerous prescription drug

With all the stories we hear about people suffering from opioid addictions, most of us likely think that perhaps the most dangerous prescription medication on the market is OxyContin or some other related drug.

A recent published study conducted by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) notes that blood thinners, or anticoagulants, are far more dangerous than any other drug that is prescribed by doctors.

Drowsy driving can prove to be just as dangerous as drunk driving

In the media, there's often a lot of talk about drunk driving. While intoxicated drivers claim thousands of lives across the United States each year, drowsy motorists are becoming increasingly dangerous.

In 2013, 72,000 accidents, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths were attributed to drowsy driving in 2013, according to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA said these numbers are just estimates and it is possible that roughly 6,000 fatalities occur every year due to drowsy driving in the U.S.

Can I sue a robotic surgical device manufacturer for my injuries?

Nowadays, doctors aren't always the ones with their hands on the scapel cutting into your body during a surgery, but instead, it's a robot guided by a doctor in another room, city or state instead. This leads many patients to wonder what avenues they can pursue if an autonomous robotic surgical device malfunctions, botches a surgery or otherwise maims or kills them.

The performance of autonomous robotic surgery (ARS) is on the rise in the United States and around the world. Health care administrators have begun outfitting their medical facilities with this cutting edge technology as a way of outdoing their competition and improving patient care.

What psychotropic drugs are known to cause birth defects?

Billions of dollars are spent on medical research every year in the United States and abroad. For the most part, the knowledge that's come out this research has made it possible for medications to be developed that have allowed countless individuals to live both longer and more fulfilling lives. For some people taking prescription drugs, however, they experience either complications or death instead of benefits.

Some recent prescription drugs have been shown to have ill effects on patients or to result in their deaths. These drugs include such psychotropic or neurological medications as Zoloft, Risperdal, Paxil and Depakote. The manufacturers of the these drugs have all been repeatedly sued for the ill effects that patients have suffered as a result of taking them.

Understanding lawsuits and the opiate drug epidemic

According to the Centers for Disease Control, from 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses, with 91 Americans dying every day from an opioid-related overdose. Opiates have surpassed heart disease, cancer and lower respiratory disease as the leading cause of death in people under 50 in the United States.

Who is responsible for opiate drug addiction and overdoses?

As this crisis continues to affect people across the nation, and as overdose-related deaths increase, both individuals and states are suing doctors and drug companies.

What's to blame for truck crashes?

Statistics recently released by the Department of Labor (DOL) found that nearly a half-million tractor-trailer crashes happen each year in the United States. Among those, 140,000 include injuries. At least 5,000 people lose their lives in them. The number of big rig crashes doesn't appear to be on the decline either.

Researchers with the DOL found that truckers, much like any other motorists, are often plagued by distracted driving. They, however, note that semitruck drivers appear to be far less irresponsible when compared with your average motorist.

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