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Lamisil, which is the brand name for the generic drug terbinafine, is an anti-fungal medication used to treat unsightly nail fungus in both fingernails and toenails. The drug can be used in both tablet and cream form, and may also be used for the treatment of athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm. With a vast marketing campaign, complete with cartoon fungus, Lamisil hit the market with a bang and has had very high sales, and many people asked their doctors to prescribe the medication to treat their nail fungus. Because many of these infections are not contagious or harmful, Lamisil is usually requested and prescribed for cosmetic purposes. Although it seems like a relatively harmless drug, it was found to have some serious side effects.
In 2001, the Food and Drug Administration issued a public health warning indicating that Lamisil should not be taken by people with heart problems because it has the dangerous possibility of causing congestive heart failure. Other side effects from this anti-fungal medication include hepatic toxicity, liver failure and even death. These cases actually occurred in patients who had no previous liver problems prior to taking Lamisil. Other serious problems resulting from the taking of Lamisil are headaches, gastrointestinal problems, rashes, and abdominal pain.
Therefore, for what many insurance companies consider a "cosmetic problem," many people ended up with far more serious and even deadly results. The consequences of a drug to stop nail fungus should not be so severe, and the manufacturers of the drug should be held accountable. If you are taking Lamisil, or have taken it in the past and experienced any of these side effects, you should speak with your doctor. If you are diagnosed with liver failure or heart problems and you have taken this drug, you should speak with an attorney who is an expert in personal injury cases.
A personal injury attorney, especially one who has experience in suing drug manufacturing companies, can help you to recover the damages that you deserve. Drug companies are supposed to produce and provide drugs whose benefits far outweigh the negatives. Lamisil is a drug that was supposed to treat a small problem, but which creates much more severe and painful problems. Certainly, the risks of this drug do not outweigh the benefits. The attorney will talk to you about your chances of receiving a settlement and what type of damages you should seek. Some people sue for medical bills to be repaid, while other people, with serious repercussions from the drug, sue for pain and suffering or other higher recovery avenues.
Call an attorney today for a free consultation and explain to them about your medical history, what has happened since you began taking Lamisil, and all of the side effects you have experienced. Often, the attorney will be able to tell you at this meeting if they are willing to represent you. Because the attorney will likely work on contingency, which means that he or she gets paid depending on whether or not you win at trial, they will likely be very selective about which cases they agree to take. Therefore, he or she will ask you many questions about your case, so be prepared to answer them by gathering all of your medical bills and medical history information prior to the consultation. If you have serious damages from taking Lamisil, you can be fairly certain that the attorney you call will be happy to take your case.
You have nothing to lose, and because you have already lost so much, you should contact an attorney today about seeking recovery for harm caused to you by using Lamisil. No one should be in so much pain after using or taking a drug for something as simple as nail fungus. It is not your fault for wanting to cure your nail fungus and the drug manufacturer should pay for putting your health at such risk.