Prescription Drug Allergies
When you visit a doctor, you have the right to assume that the doctor has your best interests in mind and has received the proper training and preparation to treat your condition. If you are sick, there is a huge range of medications available to alleviate your symptoms or your condition. However, if you are allergic to particular drug, the consequences can be worse than your original symptoms.
If you have become ill because a doctor prescribed a medication you should not have taken, you could have grounds for legal action. To learn more, call Iowa medical malpractice lawyers LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.
Symptoms of Severe Drug Allergies
Most commonly-experienced side effects are clearly explained with the prescription, and the majority of all allergic reactions are mild. However, in some cases, an adverse allergic reaction to a prescription drug can be serious or even life-threatening. A severe allergic response to a medication may show some of the following symptoms:
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Difficulty breathing
- Coughing, wheezing, and nasal congestion
- Anxiety and confusion
- Dizziness and fainting
- Heart palpitations
- Hives, itchiness, and skin redness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Slurred speech
If someone shows these symptoms after taking a drug, he or she should seek emergency medical assistance immediately.
Drug Allergies and Medical Malpractice
Doctors should take extreme care in thoroughly evaluating patients, questioning their medical histories, their family’s history of conditions, and their allergies to ensure the least possible likelihood of an adverse reaction to a drug. Unfortunately, sometimes these severe reactions can occur if a physician does not collect enough information or makes a mistake in prescribing medication.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries as a result of an improperly prescribed medication, contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options and learn how you may be eligible for compensation for your losses.