You knew that your loved one’s health was declining. After years of smoking and constant chest colds, he was relying on several different inhalers just to get through the day—and after his COPD diagnosis, you knew it was only a matter of time until he wouldn’t be able to breathe on his own.
But what if the inhalers he was prescribed for COPD were increasing his risk of injury—and actually caused him to suffer early death?
Inhaled COPD Treatments Carry Many Harmful Risks
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a breathing disorder that results in severe and persistent lung problems, such as emphysema and bronchitis. The condition is known to get progressively worse even with treatment, and there is currently no known cure.
Patients with COPD can live for many years if they undergo life changes and take proper treatment for their symptoms. Many of these treatments are given in the form of inhalers, which open the lung tissues (bronchodilators) and reduce inflammation in the lung tissue (corticosteroids), making it easier for the patient to breathe. However, these medications carry many side effects of their own. Some of the medications and their negative side effects include:
- Advair Diskus. This common medication has been known to cause paradoxical bronchospasm, with death from asthma-like symptoms a known risk of taking the drug.
- Flovent. Warnings for this medication include sudden bronchospasm, high blood sugar, osteoporosis, vision problems (such as cataracts and glaucoma), and certain types of blood vessel inflammation (such as vasculitis and Churg-Strauss syndrome).
- Anoro Ellipta. This once-a-day inhaled powder is used for long-term treatment of COPD. It has been known to increase the risk of sudden asthmatic symptoms, such as severe wheezing difficulty breathing, immediately after using the inhaler.
- Spiriva. This inhalant has been associated with heart conditions (including arrhythmia, heart attacks, high cholesterol, and strokes) as well as vision problems, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and increased blood sugar (hyperglycemia).
- Symbicort. In addition to breathing complications, this drug has been linked to the development of yeast infections, urinary tract infections, and increased heart rate in patients of both genders.
How Can I Be Sure of My Loved One’s Cause of Death?
COPD patients often succumb to complications of the disease, such as infection, cardiovascular disease, strokes, cancers, or other conditions. As a result, many families do not suspect that a COPD inhaler could have contributed to a loved one’s wrongful death.
Our dangerous drugs attorneys can investigate the circumstances of your case and discover who could be to blame for the loss of your family member. Call Wayne Wright LLP today at 800-237-3334 for a free consultation on your case. Your call is free, and you will pay no attorney fees unless we win your case.