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Brain Injury Due to Prescribed Medication

Prescription Injuries

In the last twenty years, medical studies have shown that people can suffer serious and irreversible brain injuries as a result of certain prescribed medications. These types of brain injuries are also referred to as tardive dyskinesia. The disorder can affect any muscle group of the body, impair one’s ability to speak, breathe, and swallow, and involve painful body spasms. The impact of the disorder is excruciating and scarring, and ultimately disabling.

Previously, when a patient exhibited these types of behaviours, they were often misdiagnosed as having a mental illness instead of a neurological disorder. Today, studies have concluded otherwise. In cases of medical negligence, physical reactions can occur to specific drugs that can lead to lifelong injuries for sufferers.

Studies show that specific anti-psychotic drugs, when prescribed over a long period of time, can lead to these types of brain injuries. Certain antipsychotic drugs such Risperidone, also known as Risperal, have been linked to tardive dyskinesia. As well, specific medical treatments associated with gastrointestinal disorders, including the use of metoclopramide or Reglan, can also result in brain injuries. Other drugs which pose a risk include: Chlorpromazine (CPZ), Fluphenazine (Prolixin), Haloperidol (Haldol), Olanzapine (Zyprexa) or Trifluperazine.

Doctors are aware of the potential impact that these types of drugs can have on patients. They must be responsible to limit the use of the drugs for their patients, as well as monitor them for signs of negative side effects.

In the cases where your doctor has prescribed this medication for you, they must inform you of the potential impact the drug may have on your health in the future. As the patient, you can also take an active role in ensuring your long term health and livelihoods are protected. Record the reasons for the specific medical treatment, as well as future plans in discontinuing the prescription. Ensure that you attend all periodic examinations scheduled by your doctor, and make a record of each visit. Each appointment is an opportunity to ensure that you are not developing any of the drug’s harmful side effects.

Unfortunately, once the brain injury has progressed, it is irreversible. There is currently no medical treatment to reverse the effects that the drugs have had. The side effects severely impact the affected person’s day to day life, as they may suffer from permanent physical and emotional pain.

If you have suffered from a brain injury, such as tardive dyskinesia, due to a doctor’s medical malpractice, you have the right to protect your current and long term health and well being. The long term strain and difficultly of living your life with a brain injury is financially and emotionally draining on you and your family. Protect your family`s best interests and get the care and compensation you deserve by consulting with a personal injury lawyer from Himelfarb Proszanski. Your future will be protected by their knowledge and expertise from these types of personal injury cases.

For assistance with a personal injury or insurance claim, please email David at dhimelfarb@himprolaw.com. To be contacted immediately call 1-855-446-7765 for a free case evaluation.

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