A recent U.K. study of more than 11 million patients recently revealed that people taking antispychotic drugs are at an increased risk for blood clots. The increased risk may be as much as 30%. According to Syracuse stroke lawyer Michael A. Bottar, “blood clots can form almost anywhere and, if they break free, they can travel to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolus. A pulmonary embolus, which has symptoms similar to a heart attack, may result in sudden death.”
High risk drugs identified in the study include atypical drugs like Seroquel, Risperdal and Zyprexa, as well as conventional drugs like Thorazine and Haldol. While the risk of being diagnosed with a blood clot while taking an antidepressant remains small, the study did establish that these drugs may drastically increase the risk of a clot. According to researchers, “Seroquel use was associates with a nearly threefold adjusted increase in risk among the study population.” Doctors should be aware of the risks so that they can avoid prescribing these drugs to patients already at high risk for clots, and so that they can properly monitor patients taking the drugs to prevent or timely treat a thrombosis or embolus. Where a doctor fails to diagnose a clot, and the clot causes harm, s/he may be liable for medical malpractice.
The trial lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types of dangerous medication cases, including those that are brought against a pharmaceutical manufacturer (for manufacturing an unsafe or poorly labeled drug) and a medical provider (for prescribing the drug). If your or a loved take an antipsychotic medication and have been diagnosed with blood clots, you and/or your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, disability, and pain and suffering.
To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Syracuse personal injury attorney, contact Bottar Leone, PLLC now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.