Most drugs used to treat chronic issues dealing with digestion or heart issues carry some risk of side effects, but some are worse than others. Lisinopril is a angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, used to treat congestive heart failure, hypertension, and reduce the risk of heart attack. It has been commonly prescribed since the FDA first approved it for patient use in the early 1990s.
Sometimes prominent drugs are recalled and no one knows about it. This was the case with a 2010 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall of the birth control Yaz, a contraceptive approved by the FDA for use among women as young as 14 years old. Yaz and Beyaz—a similar FDA-approved medication made by the same manufacturer, Berlex, Inc.—hit the market when it was approved in 2006, according to Drugs.com.
Around the world, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (often called SSRIs) are some of the most commonly prescribed depression medications. In the United States, one of the most popular SSRIs given to patients with depression is Zoloft, which has been linked to dangerous birth defects when taken by pregnant mothers. A new study from the British Medical Journal is the latest authority to lend credence to the risks posed by antidepressants.
A decade ago, Medicare experienced an expansion to make it easier for people to get the drugs that they need. In fact, Congress decided to increase funding to Medicare by billions of dollars to reach this goal. But it is possible that the fix worked too well.
In 1983, the FDA approved Depakote to treat certain issues with the central nervous system. It has successfully treated or controlled such disorders as epileptic seizures and episodes of manic or bipolar behavior. This medicine can also be prescribed for migraine headaches. It is primarily used as a mood stabilizer and anti-convulsant, which has also provided relief for certain off label conditions.
Modafinil is a medication that was created to treat shift work sleep disorder, narcolepsy and excessive sleepiness during the day as created by sleep apnea. This drug is only approved by the FDA to treat those symptoms. It works in a similar manner as a stimulant but because its effects on the human bodies are different, it is often referred to as a “wakefulness promoting agent”.
Parents who had a baby with a serious heart defect sued a drug manufacturer and a number of others, saying medication prescribed to the mother caused the defect. Among others named as defendants are the local pharmacy and the mother’s physician. The Montana Standard reported a story on this court case.