Reglan Linked to Side Effects Resembling Parkinson’s Disease
Wyeth Incorporated is facing a slew of defective drug lawsuits stemming from Reglan side effects. Reglan is widely used for the treatment of various gastrointestinal problems, however, Food and Drug administration (FDA) scrutiny has prompted concerns over a potential recall. The FDA is evaluating a suspected failure on the part of Wyeth to issue adequate warning to doctors and consumers informing them of potentially serious Reglan side effects, including tardive dyskinesia
According to the latest “black box warning,” a Reglan ingredient called metoclopramide has been linked to a wide range of serious and permanent movement disorders.
Reglan Side Effects
Recent studies indicate that Reglan, when used long-term or in high-doses, may cause tardive dyskinesia. Patients suffering from this devastating condition often experience the following symptoms:
- Rapid eye movements
- Impaired movement of facial expressions
- Pursing of the lips
- Tongue protrusion
According to a report issued by the FDA, high risk patients include the elderly and those who have been on the drug for a long period of time. Furthermore, the FDA warns that tardive dyskinesia as a result of Reglan use may develop long after patients discontinue using the drug. In fact, recent FDA analysis of a metoclopramide study concluded that approximately 20 percent of patients taking Reglan were on the drug for longer than three months.
Thus far, Wyeth Incorporated is facing at least 15 lawsuits following serious injuries to patients across the country. Although Reglan has not yet been linked to death, this serious, permanent, debilitating condition is traumatizing and may lead to diminished qualify of life among those affected, including financial difficulty as a result of medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation, permanent disability and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with tardive dyskinesia following Reglan use, you may be eligible for compensation. Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to properly warn patients of any serious health risks and side effects associated with their products. It is believed that Wyeth Incorporated failed to do so and can, therefore, be held liable for certain Reglan injuries.
The Pensacola personal injury attorneys of Aylstock, Witkin Kreis & Overholtz handle national litigation across the United States for victims injured by defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices. They have successfully represented and obtained substantial compensation for a number of patients who have been harmed by defective drugs. To learn more about filing a defective drug lawsuit, please contact AWKO law today at (844) 794-7402.