Prescription and over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medications could cause serious heart issues and drug interactions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released warning information about these drugs and has ordered changes to the drug labels and packaging because of the risks of serious injuries.
The product liability attorneys at Allen & Abaray are pursuing compensation on behalf of people injured by anti-diarrhea medications. We understand your injuries may have affected your life in many ways, and you deserve accountability from the manufacturers. Our firm will work to secure the case outcome you and your family need during this difficult time.
If you took prescription or over the counter Imodium (loperamide hydrochloride) or another anti-diarrheal and suffered cardiac injuries or drug interactions, contact Allen & Abaray today. Our attorneys will discuss your case details with you and help you understand whether you are eligible to file a legal claim against the drug manufacturers.
Imodium is a synthetic anti-diarrheal indicated for the control of the symptoms of diarrhea, including Travelers’ Diarrhea (consumption of contaminated foods or beverages). The medication is designed to manage periodic episodes of diarrhea, not chronic diarrhea, which can be an indication of a more complicated and serious medical condition.
Imodium works by binding to opioid receptors in the digestive tract, which has the effect of slowing digestion. When food moves slowly through the intestines and colon, patients’ stools will be more solid, which is one of the reasons many patients experience constipation when taking prescription opioids.
Imodium, therefore, mimics the effects of opioids on the digestive system in addition to increasing tone of the anal sphincter. Patients usually find relief from their diarrhea symptoms within a short amount of time.
Patients can receive prescription loperamide from their doctors, or they can buy over-the-counter loperamide in the form of the following brand-name products:
Imodium A-D EZ Chews
Imodium Multi-Symptom Relief
All products sold under the Imodium brand name are manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Johnson and Johnson Consumer Inc.
FDA Issues Imodium Warnings
In 2016, the FDA issued a Safety Announcement indicating it had received numerous reports of serious heart issues and medication reactions in patients taking prescription loperamide and over-the-counter Imodium products. “In the 39 years from when loperamide was first approved in 1976 through 2015, FDA received reports* of 48 cases of serious heart problems associated with use of loperamide. This number includes only reports submitted to FDA, so there are likely additional cases about which we are unaware. Thirty-one of these cases resulted in hospitalizations, and 10 patients died. More than half of the 48 cases were reported after 2010. The serious heart problems occurred mostly in patients who were taking doses that were much higher than recommended. In other cases, patients were taking the recommended dose of loperamide, but they were also taking interacting medicines, causing an increase in loperamide levels. Additional cases of serious heart problems associated with the use of loperamide were reported in the medical literature.”
In its announcement, the FDA stated many patients were taking doses of loperamide and Imodium in excess of the recommended amounts, and others were taking the drugs in combination with certain interacting medications. In response, the FDA ordered new warning information for the drugs’ labels, explaining that heart complications could occur from taking the medications. This included the addition of a “Black Box” Warning, the most severe kind of drug warning, to the loperamide and Imodium drug labels.
Imodium Side Effects and Injuries
The medical conditions identified by the FDA in 2016 can lead to life-threatening injuries. If you have experienced one of the below complications from taking loperamide or Imodium, contact our firm today to speak with an attorney.
Patients taking prescription or over-the-counter loperamide can experience the following cardiac issues:
Arrhythmias (irregular beating of the heart)
QT Interval Prolongation (rapid or chaotic heartbeats)
Torsades de Pointes (ventricular tachycardia or rapid beating of the lower heart chambers)
Syncope (temporary loss of consciousness or fainting spell)
These are serious heart complications that can lead to patient death. Cardiac arrest is a particularly frightening potential side effect for these drugs, which can often lead to death in patients. When patients develop one of these problems, they might feel their heart beating rapidly, might feel short of breath, or might experience chest pains. Any irregularities with the heart require immediate medical treatment.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Receive?
When you hire Allen & Abaray to represent you, they will investigate your potential claims to determine your ability to file a lawsuit. If we are able to file a lawsuit on your behalf, we will seek the following types of damages:
Costs of medical treatment, both past, and future
Lost wages, both past and future, and lost future earning capacity
Compensation for your pain and suffering, both physical and mental
Punitive damages, if we determine the manufacturers’ conduct warrants these damages
Every case is different, and we develop unique legal strategies based on the facts and circumstances of each case.
If you suffered injuries from taking the drug Imodium, contact our law firm today. You can receive a completely free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys at (863)669-9999.
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Allen & Abaray, P.A. offers a free consultation in all personal injury cases. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in any type of accident, call (863) 669-9999 or toll-free at (877) 669-6899 today to speak with a Lakeland personal injury attorney about your case. We won’t charge an attorney’s fee unless we recover money for your injuries.*