And the complications don’t even need to be as serious as death. Managing health conditions when you are female is different than managing them when you’re a male, and something as simple as your gender could affect the way in which a drug works for you.
Even Healthy People with No Previous Medical Concerns Can React Badly to Medication
Even if you are completely healthy, you could experience side effects from a drug because of your age or an illness you had years ago. Furthermore, two or more perfectly safe drugs could be lethal when combined together. All of this is enough to make the average patient’s head spin!
However, if you want to be as healthy as possible and avoid the chaos many consumers experience when it comes to health information, you need to understand how drugs and medical devices can impact your quality of life.
Seeger Weiss has worked with consumers from a variety of medical backgrounds that have been adversely affected by drugs and medical devices. You could be eligible for financial compensation to help you pay for medical bills and supplement lost wages if you’ve had a negative reaction after medical treatment.
Drugs and Medical Devices Harm Special Populations
Do you fit into any of the following categories? If so, you could be at risk.
Cancer patients have special health needs and face a variety of risks not experienced by the general population. They are exposed to a variety of drugs and medical devices that often benefit them, but can also create lifelong side effects.
Before you agree to any cancer treatment – chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or anything else – make sure you understand the potential side effects and your risk for experiencing them.
Many drugs that are approved for sale have been tested on men, but they are prescribed to women every day. Manufacturers are unsure exactly how women’s bodies will react to these drugs, and yet they are marketed as safe and effective.
Before taking any medication, make sure you understand your risks if you are female and how your current medications might interact with new ones.
Your health needs during your pregnancy are different than they are at any other time. And not only are you concerned about your own health, but you must also be aware of anything that affects your developing baby’s health.
Many drugs that are considered generally safe are lethal when taken during pregnancy. Before taking any medication or agreeing to undergo any medical treatment during pregnancy, make sure you understand the potential risk to you and your baby.
As you age, your body and your health changes. It’s common for elderly patients to take one or more medications on a regular basis. In many cases, the medications allow people to live active and fulfilling lives well into their senior years, but these drugs also have side effects.
Before you begin taking any prescription medication, review the potential side effects and risks with your doctor.
Teens and Young Adults
Doctors prescribe medications for teens every day. In many cases, these drugs help them deal with common health problems, ranging from acne to mood disorders.
Unfortunately, many of these drugs have negative side effects and increase health risks for teens taking them. And because teens are still developing, physically and emotionally, the drugs can interfere with their development.
Parents of teens and teens themselves should educate themselves about drugs that could be harmful to their health.
An increasing number of children are using prescription medications. There are instances in which a drug can help a child with a medical problem, but many of these drugs also trigger side effects, many of which cause lifetime harm.
As a parent, you need to be aware of the potential risks associated with any drugs suggested for your child.
Type 2 diabetics can benefit from medications, but these drugs come with risk. Not to mention diabetics are at risk for experiencing complications from medications they take that aren’t related to their type 2 diabetes. If you are diabetic, make sure you understand your specific risks associated with any medication you are prescribed.
People living with heart health issues have unique medical needs. Many of them take medication to help them manage these issues, but unfortunately, some of them experience complications.
If your doctor recommends a medication to help you manage heart health, make sure you understand the potential risks and how to identify a problem.
If you have concerns about a drug you were prescribed, or you or a loved one has had a negative reaction to a medication or medical treatment, we can help. Contact us for more information.
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