Monday, February 13, 2012

Much Pain And Suffering Has Been Caused By Reglan by Nick Messe

The prescription drug Reglan, which is also known as metoclopramide, is used to treat heart burn in patients suffering from gastroesophageal reflux, persistent nausea, and morning sickness. This drug is generally used as a last resort, in cases where patients were not seeing any improvement in their condition with the use of other drugs. Unfortunately, users have reported suffering from some extremely serious Reglan side effects. Among these side effects is the irreversible condition, tardive dyskinesia.

Tardive dyskinesia is a disorder that affects a patient's movements. Those suffering from it will notice involuntary twitching in their limbs, face, and midsection, and will lose control over the movements of their tongue. They may also involuntarily smack and pucker their lips, make frequent chewing motions, and blink repeatedly in quick succession. Suffering from this disease is a heart breaking battle that affects the patient, as well as his or her family and loved ones.

It is a disease that can either improve or worsen on it's own. Unfortunately, while this condition can be somewhat controlled and managed with the use of other drugs, it is not currently reversible. Additionally, while tardive dyskinesia is not a fatal disease, a small portion of victims will also suffer from the possibly fatal Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, which is another dangerous example of Reglan's side effects.

Unfortunately, over two million men, women, and children have been prescribed this dangerous medication. Mothers that are nursing, children suffering from nausea due to frequent migraines, and many others use this medication. While physicians are aware of the potential consequences of this drug, they continue to prescribe it to their patients.

Physicians are also aware that when prescribing an antipsychotic medication, like Reglan, for three months or more, 10% to 20% of patients will develop tardive dyskinesia. Unfortunately, this drug is still continuing to be prescribed for prolonged periods.

Because of the over-prescription of Reglan, as well as its severe side effects, many victims have fought back by filing a lawsuit. A Reglan attorney can help a victim, regardless of whether they are a man, woman, or child, get the justice that they deserve. Victims of tardive dyskinesia are forced to manage their condition, while dealing with the emotional stress of social situations and coping with an incurable disease. These victims deserve to be compensated for their emotional duress, lost wages, and the medical expenses that resulted from taking this drug.

Speaking with a Reglan lawyer is the first step in filing a Reglan lawsuit. Not every lawyer will be able to get a victim the results they deserve. This is why it is important to speak with an experienced professional that specializes in working with victims suffering from severe side effects. They will be able to tell you if you should go ahead with your lawsuit. Fortunately, while tardive dyskinesia may not be reversible, sufferers can at least find solace in the fact that justice will be served.