Drug Warning Issued After Anti-Malaria Medication Found To Cause Brain Damage

by | September 20th, 2013

September 20, 2013

Advancements in healthcare have created medications that can prevent users from developing certain harm-causing diseases or illnesses. But the Ohio Drug Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy state that if medications are not properly tested, they may put users at risk of suffering adverse health events caused by the drug.

This is the reason the U.S. Army recently announced that soldiers in the Special Forces would no longer be taking Mefloquine, an anti-malaria drug. Malaria is transmitted through the bites of mosquitoes and claims roughly 600,000 lives throughout the world each year.

According to a story from FOX News, the medication had been used since the 1970’s to prevent soldiers in combat zones from developing the disease. However, recent studies have shown a link between taking the medication and users developing brain damage that can be permanent. Some symptoms that soldiers have experienced can include:

  • Dizziness
  • Ringing of the Ears
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations

Experts say the medication may be connected with acts of violence as well, considering the side effects caused by the drug are often wrongfully diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder or similar conditions.

The law firm’s team of Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers urges anyone harmed by a medication to discuss their legal options with an attorney.