Avastin Side Effects
Medical Injury Lawyer Protecting Avastin Victims
In 2004, Avastin (generic name bevacizumab) received FDA approval for the treatment of certain types of metastatic cancers. This, however, was a controversial approval as there was no indication whatsoever of the drug's ability to extend the life of the patient or for it to be successful in improving the quality of their life. Some of the most common side effects that have been noted with the taking of Avastin include:
- Rectal bleeding;
- Back pain; and
- Skin inflammation
Moderate to Severe Side Effects of Avastin (Bevacizumab)
The above, however, are not the only side effects that have been linked with the taking of Avastin. For example, it has also been noted that the drug can take an abnormal passage throughout the body, can cause serious cardiac problems (such as blood clots, mini-stroke and heart attacks), can result in serious spikes in blood pressure and can cause problems with the nervous system and vision, such as seizures, confusion and even blindness. Beyond that, the drug has been linked to kidney issues, reactions to the infusion and can even affect the fertility in female patients.
In some situations, Avastin has also been linked to not common, but sometimes fatal issues. These include gastrointestinal perforation - essentially, the development of a hole in the stomach or intestine of the patient. This can be a fatal issue that involves abdominal pain, nausea, constipation and fever. Other life-threatening issues include the inability for wounds to heal, most notably surgical cuts, as well as serious bleeding issues, including coughing up blood, as well as internal bleeding in the stomach, brain and spine. In some situations, this bleeding has been serious enough that transfusions were required.
Lawyer for Avastin Lawsuits
If you have experienced any of the above side effects after the taking of Avastin, then it is in your best interests to get the involvement of an experienced pharmaceutical litigation attorney to help address your situation. At Arnold & Itkin, we strongly believe drug manufacturers should be held liable for the damages that have been caused by their drugs and you can be confident knowing that should you choose to work with our firm that we will do everything that we can to protect and defend your legal rights. We have been successful in recovering hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements; in fact, in the last three years we were able to recover over $500 million on behalf of our clients. This is the level of dedication that you can rely upon. Want to know more about how we can help? Give us a call today.
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