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Serious adverse reactions and their reporting…

2013-03-06
  • Linda’s View Massachusetts

As an individual who has experienced severe adverse reactions to a number of medications, my problem has been with medical professionals failure to report to the FDA reactions I have had. I do believe, in a number of issues, including near death from a Baycal-type reaction to Lipitor as well as permanent physical injury caused by an over usage of the IV antibiotic, Ciprofloxacillin(joint damage, tendon and ligament tears as well as all my teeth breaking loose and now must wear dentures) doctors do not want to turn against “BIG PHARMA” and do not report these reactions. Also, there is always the fear of class action lawsuits. I just know the harm that has been done to me by just these two drugs is not just applicable to me;especially in the case of the two drugs I have specifically named! something has to be done about the seriousness of the adverse reactions, but how can it when medical professionals fail to do the right thing?If these adverse reactions could happen to me, how many others in this nation are suffering without knowing it came from an adverse reaction to a drugs and either singularly or in a combination of other medications! Also, from what i understand, the same group of medical professionals within the FDA that approve drugs are also responsible for having to pull them when enough people suffer side effects that it can’t be kept secret. Just a thought.

 

 

my post, to Linda:

Just to let you know, Linda, the tendon damage you suffered during treatment with ciprofloxacin is a serious, known adverse reaction to this drug/class of drugs… so what you had could have been predicted, in, say, 10% of people who received ciprofloxacin…
As to the “Baycal-type reaction” I assume you mean “Baycol” and, as apparently you already realize, Lipitor can be responsible for a smaller number but equally serious type of reaction as Baycol, starting with hyperglycemia and going on and on…
So, your doctors should have warned you that you could have a reaction, as it was already known that people could have that type of reaction (it’s even in the drug information passed out to all doctors, the Physician’s Desk Reference) but then, I’m sure they were much too busy with other things, and I mean this very seriously as the average doctor has little time to do anything so complex as giving informed consent on all of the six or eight different drugs on the regimen of the average patient with chronic illness.
I guess this is turning into a rant…my apologies…
Your chances of getting better as a patient depend critically upon your doing your own research on the drugs you are given and upon your making a personal decision to take the drug given the known advantages and disadvantages. You must also, at the same time, use all the non-drug remedies available to you as a patient, starting with rest, rehydration, and withdrawal from stressful situations of all types. Enuf.

 

My question: where is the smallest difference between the two posted texts? to vs too.

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