Studies have shown a potential link between taking the antipsychotic drug Abilify and damaging pathological behaviors, including compulsive gambling and hypersexuality.
- Antidepressant Birth Defects
Babies born to women who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants while pregnant may face an increased risk of birth defects.
- Blood Thinner Injuries
Patients taking newer blood thinner medications may face an increased risk of severe bleeding. Certain anticoagulant drugs, such as Xarelto® and Eliquis®, contain no counteracting drugs to stop bleeding once it begins, which may lead to serious or fatal health complications.
- Diabetes Drugs Linked to Cancer
Many of the most popular prescription drugs used to treat Type 2 diabetes have been linked to serious health problems in some patients, including pancreatic cancer.
- Heartburn Drugs Linked to Kidney Disease
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a class of prescription heartburn drugs, are used to reduce acid in a patient’s stomach. But many of the most popular PPIs have been linked to serious health risks, including chronic kidney disease.
- Invokana® & Invokamet®
The Type 2 diabetes drugs Invokana® and Invokamet® may increase the risk of ketoacidosis—a potentially fatal condition that is typically diagnosed among patients with Type 1 diabetes.
- Low T Heart Attacks
AndroGel® and other testosterone-boosting treatments have been shown to double the risk of cardiovascular injuries in male patients.
An FDA advisory committee concluded taking the prescription Type 2 diabetes drug Onglyza® (saxagliptin) can increase the risk of heart failure—a fatal condition.
An antipsychotic drug used to control symptoms of autism, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, Risperdal® may cause gynecomastia—or the development of abnormally large male breasts—in boys and young men.
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Causing skin reactions that can be as severe as third-degree burns, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a documented side effect of several different drugs and medical conditions.
- Taxotere® Permanent Hair Loss
Taxotere®, an injectable concentrate used during chemotherapy treatment for cancer, has been linked to permanent hair loss in female breast cancer survivors.
- Viagra® Skin Cancer
Research shows that the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra® may increase the risk of melanoma—an aggressive form of skin cancer—in male patients, regardless of their family histories of cancer, medical histories, and exposure to sunlight.
The anticoagulant drug Xarelto® has been linked to an increased risk of severe bleeding in certain types of patients.
- Zofran® Birth Defects
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat nausea caused by cancer treatments or surgery, Zofran® is also sometimes prescribed to pregnant women with severe morning sickness. However, data suggests the drug may cause birth defects in children born to women who take the drug.