Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim for Taking EffientDo I have a personal injury claim for taking Effient? You are probably asking this question because you have developed cancer or suffered some other serious side effect after taking Effient.
Effient is the brand name under which the drug prasugrel is sold. Prasugrel is a P2Y12 platelet inhibitor. This drug is a member of a class of pharmaceuticals that decrease platelet aggregation and inhibit thrombus (blood clot) formation. In laymans language, Effient is a blood-thinner.
Effient was developed by Daiichi Sankyo Co. and produced by Ube. Effient is currently sold in the United States in cooperation with Eli Lilly and Company.
The drug prasugrel was approved for use in Europe in February 2009. On July 10, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of prasugrel.
Effient works by preventing the platelets in your blood from forming clots (coagulating). This is to keep unwanted blood clots from forming with certain blood vessel or heart conditions.
Because of this, Effient is used to prevent the formation of blood clots in people who are undergoing a procedure after having had a recent stroke or heart attack, who have acute coronary syndrome. It is also used in people with certain heart or blood vessel disorders.
Due to its blood-thinning action, Effient can cause you to bleed easier, even after sustaining a minor injury. You could also have bleeding inside of your body, such as in your intestines or stomach.
When Effient was approved by the FDA in 2009, it was considered to be a primary competitor to Plavix, the other main blood-thinner on the market. The problem is that a recent study has shown a link between Effient and the worsening or development of cancer tumors. Studies have specifically indicated a higher risk of lung, prostate and colon cancer.
In addition, findings in recent studies have indicated that there is a likelihood that Effient was hurried onto the market, even though the manufacturer of the drug may have been aware in advance of the possibility of increased cancer risks in people who would take the drug.
In addition to an indication of increased risk of cancer, there are other side effects that have been associated with the use of Efficient. These include:
Extreme dizziness or weakness
Sudden weakness or numbness, especially on one side of your body
Coughing up vomit or blood that looks like coffee grounds
Unusual bleeding, such as bleeding gums, nosebleeds or any bleeding that does not stop
Sudden headache, confusion or difficulty with speech, balance or vision
A heavy feeling or chest pain, pain that radiates to your shoulder or arm, malaise, sweating, nausea
Tarry or black stools, blood in your stools or urine
Jaundice (yellowing of your eyes or skin)
Fever, pale skin, red or purple spots under your skin, easy bruising
Unexpected vaginal bleeding in women.
Again, if you are considering a personal injury claim because you have developed cancer or suffered some other serious side effect after taking Effient, the right thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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