Opioid pain medications are frequently prescribed to manage chronic pain conditions. When dosed correctly and managed closely by a physician, they are often an important part of pain management.
However, many doctors prescribe strong narcotics without understanding how each should be prescribed and without proper follow-up care. This can lead to addiction, and in more extreme cases, overdose or death.
Even with managed care, some patients who are prescribed such medications as Vicodin, OxyContin and Dilaudid find themselves managing more than just pain. In such cases, the drug manufacturers may be liable for injuries.
Serotonin is a naturally produced chemical in the body that is essential to the healthy functioning of the nervous system. Serotonin syndrome occurs when levels of serotonin are too high and the effects can range from mild to severe. The symptoms of this syndrome are the “classic” signs of addiction that many friends and family members are first to notice. They can include shivering, a fever and seizures.
Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands that supports the cardiovascular system, including blood pressure. It also supports the metabolism by allowing your body to process fat, protein and carbohydrates. Adrenal insufficiency occurs when the glands aren’t able to produce enough of this hormone.
Androgen is a hormone that supports a healthy sex drive. More than that, it is necessary for the reproductive system to function properly. Androgen deficiency can be harder to diagnose than serotonin syndrome or adrenal insufficiency, but it can still have an impact on your quality of life.
If you’ve been prescribed opioid narcotic pain medications and been diagnosed with an opioid addiction or another medical condition as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your case and options, call the Race Law Firm to schedule a consultation.
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