Denver (PRWEB) October 13, 2008
LegalView, the most comprehensive legal resource available on the Web, announced the re-launch of its Ketek information portal to provide patients taking the drug with news on the potentially dangerous Ketek side effects. The side effects linked to Ketek have ranged from yellowing of the skin and eyes to the development of jaundice and other liver problems including liver failure among certain individuals.
Patients of Ketek who have experienced any of the potentially damaging effects caused by the drug should consider contacting a Ketek law firm, which can offer a specialized pharmaceutical attorney or knowledgeable Ketek lawyer for information on developing any potential Ketek case in which potential compensation can be earned for damages associated with the dangers of taking the drug.
Ketek (telithromycin) is an antibiotic used to treat respiratory infections such as bronchitis, sinusitis and community acquired pneumonia including streptococcus. There are several varieties of bacteria that can cause community acquired pneumonia, but the symptoms remain the same and include fever, cough, cough with phlegm, chest pain, chest discomfort and shortness of breath, according to Sanofi-Aventis, manufacturers of the drug.
Ketek was approved for market in 2004 and was part of a new class of drugs known as antimicrobial agents that "circumvent antibiotic resistance," according to an April 2007 article from The New England Journal of Medicine. After only two years on the market, reports of the drug causing severe liver failure among patients began to sprout across the country spawning an investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) into the antibiotics alleged risks.
While the FDA addressed the potential for liver damage among Ketek patients and relabeled the drug citing significant dangers associated with consuming the antibiotic, millions of individuals still take Ketek and remain exposed to the drug's potential side effects, which may have already caused unknown damage to a patient. Individuals who were given a prescription for Ketek are advised to contact a Ketek attorney who can provide a free legal consultation regarding development of any potential Ketek lawsuit where monetary compensation is a potential outcome and can be used to pay for the costly medical bills associated with treating liver failure and liver damage for an individual.
Among the additional side effects, other than liver disease, associated with the drug include the following: slow heartbeat (bradycardia), heart rhythm issues, low potassium within the blood (hypokalemia), low levels of magnesium in the blood (hypomagnesemia), development of a rare heart rhythm condition known as QTc prolongation, hepatitis, jaundice, myasthenia gravis and kidney disease, according to the Mayo Clinic. Individuals who have or are currently taking Ketek should consult a medical professional immediately if concern surrounds developing these alleged Ketek dangers.
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