A migraine is a painful and intense headache accompanied by nausea, light sensitivity and sound sensitivity. Frequent migraines may create difficulty working or going about activities normally. As such, doctors may prescribe medications like Topamax for adults and adolescents 12 years or older who suffer from frequent migraine headaches. Topamax aims to prevent migraines, rather than treat existing migraines.
In addition to preventing migraines, Topamax is also a seizure medication for adults and children over the age of two. However, Topamax is can be a dangerous drug for some patients and may cause harm. In such cases, patients may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Cordisco & Saile LLC can help – call 215-642-2335.
How Topamax Works and Possible Topamax Side Effects
The active ingredient in Topamax is topiramate. Topiramate is thought to prevent migraines and help those with seizure disorders by “calming” the flow of charged particles to and from nerve cells. Essentially, it is thought to help the brain “relax,” thereby preventing the number of migraine headaches the patient suffers.
But it is not without potentially severe side effects of which patients should be aware. A Medication Guide published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reveals the following information about the drug.
“Topamax may cause eye problems. Taking Topamax may result in a sudden decrease in vision, permanent loss of vision and secondary angle closure glaucoma.
Topamax may increase body temperature and blood acidity (metabolic acidosis). Both conditions may require hospitalization. The latter condition can lead to kidney stones, osteoporosis and can harm the growth of a developing fetus when taken by a pregnant woman, leading to birth defects. Types of birth defects reported in babies of women taking Topamax include cleft lip and cleft palate.
Finally, taking Topamax may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or actions in one of 500 patients taking the drug. There are many other possible side effects of the drug, which patients should thoroughly review and watch for when taking Topamax.”
Legal Options for Those Harmed by Topamax
If you suffered harm by taking Topamax, meet with an attorney to discuss your legal options. If you can prove Topamax harmed you and the drug manufacturer is liable, you may recover damages for your injuries.
Those who may be liable for a Topamax lawsuit include Topamax’s manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., your healthcare provider or the pharmacist who filled your prescription. Much depends on the circumstances.
If you successfully prove liability for your damages, then you can recover compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, and any other damages related to the drug. If you lost a loved one due to Topamax, you could file a wrongful death suit for damages. In Pennsylvania, you have two years after suffering harm to file a lawsuit for damages, so act immediately.
The Defective Drug Attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC are Ready to Help You
If you took Topamax and suffered harm or if you lost a loved one due to Topamax, consult the attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC about your case. Our attorneys will help you file your claim for damages and will make sure you get the compensation you deserve. What’s more, we’ll provide you with a free case consultation where we can learn more about your case and you can ask us any legal questions you have.