Many over-the-counter drugs have been around for years and are effective at relieving pain, heartburn and other ailments. Unfortunately, many of these drugs come with side effects that can be worse than the ailment you are trying to relieve. Thousands of people die or suffer life-changing injuries every year as a result of using over-the-counter drugs they assumed were safe.
At Healy Scanlon Law Firm in Chicago, our lawyers hold pharmaceutical companies accountable when they sell over-the-counter drugs with severe side effects to an unsuspecting public. The following are examples of drugs that can cause serious injury or death when used by themselves or in combination with other drugs:
- Tylenol, a pain and fever reducer that can cause liver failure and death in cases of overuse, use with excessive alcohol or fasting
- Zantac, a heartburn drug that increases risk of pneumonia
- Sudafed, a decongestant that can raise blood pressure
- Motrin, a pain reliever used by patients who suffer arthritis, can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are those that can be purchased from a pharmacy without a prescription. Many people all over the world have this habit of using over-the-counter drugs for common ailments like cold, headache, heartburn and body pain. However, just because a drug is sold over the counter does not mean that it is safe, especially when used with other drugs.
No matter what over-the-counter drug caused your injury, our attorneys offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
Contact an Illinois Harmful Medication Attorney
There is never a charge to discuss your case with a Chicago over-the-counter drug side effects attorney at our firm. Evening and weekend consultations are available. To speak to us, call 312-324-0409 (800-787-5431 toll free) or send us an e-mail. Se habla español.