For years, the medication Singulair has been prescribed by doctors to treat asthma and other respiratory conditions, and in particular has been prescribed to children with severe asthma. However, recent evidence has come to light showing that Singulair may have much more severe side effects than was previously known. As a result, Merck, the medication’s manufacturer, is now facing litigation alleging a variety of harms caused by the use of Singulair.
What is Singulair?
Singulair, the commercial name for the drug montelukast, is a medication that is typically prescribed for asthma, allergies, and hay fever. It was first introduced onto the market in 1998, and since then has become one of the most regularly prescribed medications for asthma and allergies.In particular, it is noteworthy for being regularly prescribed to children and young adults, and until recently was considered relatively safe.
What Are The Side Effects People Are Concerned About?
New guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed that certain side effects caused by Singulair were far more severe than previously known. It has been revealed that the medication is responsible for causing psychological problems in those who took the medication, including suicidal thinking and aggressive or violent behavior. It has also been linked to attention problems, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, depression, uncontrolled muscle movements, sleep disorders, memory problems, and hallucinations, among other various symptoms.
Why Is This an Issue?
While it has been known for some time that Singulair could cause psychological issues, these were considered to be rare and relatively minor risks. However, new scientific evidence points to the symptoms of Singulair being far more prevalent and potentially severe than previously known. The danger to children who have been prescribed the medication is especially high, as they may suffer long-term developmental issues due to the effects of the drug.
What Should You Do If You Took Singulair?
If you or someone you know has taken Singulair and has suffered psychological or behavioral problems afterwards, you may have a potential cause to pursue a lawsuit. You must be able to show that you took Singulair, and you must show that you have one or more of the symptoms that are associated with using Singulair. To give yourself the best possible chance at a good outcome in the case, you should consult a lawyer with experience in product liability cases, who can advise you on your best course of action.
Defective product cases are complex, and defendants, particularly large corporations, often have vast legal resources. To ensure you receive fair compensation, you need the experience of a personal injury attorney with a long-standing and proven record of delivering justice to their clients. Contact the New York City and Long Island offices of Levine & Slavit, PLLC at (888) LAW-8088 and schedule your consultation today.