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How dangerous some psychotropic drugs are

Many individuals rely on prescription drugs to heal them when they're suffering from illnesses or have an infection. While many patients realize that these medications come with side effects, they also understand that not every patient may experience the same ones. Manufacturers are often in such a hurry to get drugs on the market that they don't thoroughly test them to learn of the potential dangers they pose. They sometimes only find out how dangerous a drug is once it causes significant harm.

Stimulants that doctors often prescribe for conditions, including Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), can be quite dangerous.

Data compiled by VerywellMind shows that at least 4% of adults and up to 9% of children who receive such a diagnosis receive a prescription for stimulants that they take without any adverse side effects. Patients looking to increase their alertness may overdose on these stimulants resulting in severe illnesses and their hospitalizations, though. Children and teens have died unexpectedly after taking these psychotropic drugs too.

Another type of psychotropic drug that regulators identified as dangerous in recent years is any tranquilizer that belongs to the benzodiazepines family. Doctors often prescribe some of these drugs' more common types, including the brand names Librium, Klonopin, Xanax, Restoril, Valium and Ativan for insomnia and anxiety concerns.

One of the most significant side effects of benzodiazepines is that it doesn't take long for patients to develop an addiction to these prescription medications. If they try and come off of them, then they may experience life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. A 2016 American Journal of Public Health study captured how there was a 400% increase in the number of patients who developed an addiction to these drugs and then died between 1996 and 2013.

Tranquilizers and stimulants are opposites in terms of their effects on a patient's mental health. They are similar in that they have both led to pretty catastrophic outcomes for patients, though. They can be addictive, have led to overdoses, and patients experienced health declines or died after taking them.

If you or your loved one suffered one of these severe side effects, then you owe it to yourself to consult with an attorney who can advise you whether you qualify to sue the manufacturer of the medication that maimed you.

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