Gabitril Lawsuit

Gabitril Lawsuit

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Gabitril Lawsuit

What is Gabitril?

As the brand name of Tiagabine, Gabitril—when combined with other medications--is used to treat partial seizures. Gabitril belongs to a class of medications called anticonvulsants. It is not completely understood how Gabitril works; however, it has shown to increase the amount of natural chemicals in the brain that prevent seizures from forming.

Gabitril Side Effects:

Gabitril side effects can form regardless of your prescription details or adherence to intake instructions. Please inform your doctor if any of these Gabitril side effects are persistent or severe:

·  Common Gabitril side effects Include: lack of energy; drowsiness; dizziness; depression; irritability; language or speech problems; abnormal thinking; confusion; itching; bruising; stomach pain; nervousness; painful or frequent urination; difficulty falling or staying asleep; increased appetite.

Other Gabitril side effects may be more serious. The following Gabitril side effects, although rare, require immediate medical attention:

·  Serious Gabitril side effects include: shaking hands you cannot control; seizures; numbness, burning or tingling sensation in hands or feet; changes in vision; flu-like symptoms; sores on the inside of the mouth, nose, eyes or throat.

If you experience any of the above Gabitril side effects, you or your doctor may file a report with the United States Food and Drug Administration’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online at http:www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch or by phone at 1-800-332-1088

Gabitril FDA Regulations:

The United States Food and Drug Administration instituted a Gabitril FDA regulation in February of 2005; this Gabitril FDA regulation notified the public and healthcare professionals that a bold Warning was added to the labeling for Gabitril to caution prescribers of the risk of seizures in patients being treated with the drug. This Gabitril FDA regulation was instituted following the study of several reports of the occurrence of seizures in patients prescribed Gabitril for the treatment of conditions other than epilepsy. The bulk of these patients were prescribed Gabitril to offset or mitigate the problems associated with various psychiatric illnesses. Such off-label prescribing of medication is unfortunately common among doctors. However, because of the risk of seizures sponsors of the drug agreed to undertake educational campaigns to discourage off-label use.

Other than this Gabitril FDA regulation (FDA instituted a Gabitril FDA regulation to warn physicians that off-label use of the drug greatly increases the risk of seizures and other Gabitril side effects), the FDA has been relatively quiet concerning regulating Gabitril.

Gabitril Lawsuits:

The majority of Gabitril lawsuits, in the United States, have been filed by patients against the drug’s manufacturer and the individual’s doctor for prescribing Gabitril for off-label uses. As the Gabitril FDA regulation claims above, the drug should not be prescribed to patients who do not suffer from epilepsy. If a physician decides to prescribe Gabitril for other uses, the practitioner is required to explain the increased risk of seizure to the patient.

Gabitril lawsuits are somewhat rare; there are no prominent Gabitril lawsuits filed on behalf of users who claim that the drug caused severe Gabitril side effects. Moreover, no class-action Gabitril lawsuit currently exists. With that said, if you sustain an injury or develop a medical condition as a result of Gabitril-use, you have the right to file a Gabitril lawsuit. Although Gabitril lawsuits are unlikely to be filed at this time (the patent is currently expired and your state’s statute of limitations may be exhausted) the ability to talk to a lawyer is always achievable.

If you are interested in filing a Gabitril lawsuit please contact a personal injury, medical negligence or pharmaceutical lawyer in your area. The majority of these legal professionals will offer free consultations to gauge the worthiness of your prospective Gabitril lawsuit. To secure a Gabitril settlement (compensation to offset the costs associated with the injury) you must definitively prove that the drug’s manufacturer did not adequately warn consumers of the drug’s side effects, attempted to hide their off-label marketing plan or that your doctor negligently administered an incorrect dosage. After proving this, your Gabitril lawsuit must establish the link between Gabitril use and your injury. If you fail to definitively prove these aspects the odds of securing Gabitril settlements will greatly diminish.

Sources:

1. United States National Library of Medicine “Tiagabine” retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001027/

2. https://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm151502.htm

3. https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm126114.htm

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