Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Celebrex Law Suits Looking Like a Strong Case

There is no data as yet that indicates how many former patients of Pfizer's anti-inflammatory and painkilling drug are filing Celebrex law suits, but given the magnitude of the company's perceived crime it is likely that there will be very many. And even a quick perusal of the alleged behaviour of the company regarding this drug seems to point to Celebrex law suits being something of a fait accompli.

And yet there is no predicting the future where large multimillion dollar companies are concerned, though the numbers of Celebrex law suits expected to be filed will give an enormous power to the people. And this is a power that they deserve; having had self-determination harshly taken from them, when they took a drug that they were promised would only enhance their life.

Pharmaceuticals wield enormous power, not only because of their huge monetary value, but because they have the power to toy with the hopes of the chronically ill. Anyone who has suffered from a long-term condition like arthritis, the condition that Celebrex was largely used to treat, or who has watched a loved one try to cope will understand that the availability of a drug that claims to help will be enthusiastically greeted. We entrust our health to pharmaceutical companies when we take their drugs, and they have a responsibility to protect it. This is a trust that Pfizer have badly lost.

Pfizer announced in December 2004, after a clinical study exploring Celebrex's effects on cancer, that their drug increased more than twofold a person's risk of developing cardiovascular disease. But it seems that Pfizer were aware of this link previously, and yet persisted in marketing a product they knew to be unsafe. Unlike the makers of Vioxx, who voluntary withdrew their drug from the market once links between it and increased risk of heart attacks became established, Pfizer have continued to allow Celebrex to be sold, indirectly claiming that their product is safe for use by the general public.

These are the arguments that it seem will end Celebrex law suits positively for the many people whose lives have been changed forever by the drug. It seems that Pfizer knowingly placed their customers at risk, violating the enormous trust between them and the ill. While these people desperately need the financial compensation that these law suits could provide in order to protect their health in the years to come, even if large pharmaceuticals win out in the courts, this will forever remain a moral victory for the former patients of Celebrex.

The Dangers Of Celebrex

Pain is not a pleasant thing to have to live with, but sometimes you have to stop and ask the drug companies if they can't come up with a better way of managing pain, because what we have on the market today is just flat out killing us. You can pretty much pick your pain killer. Doesn't really matter. In this article, we're going to discuss a very common anti inflammatory by the name of Celebrex. Hopefully, after you are done reading this, if you don't decide to stop taking this very dangerous drug, you'll at least know the risks that you're exposing yourself to. Like they say, forewarned is forearmed.

Celebrex is a member of a wide range of drugs called NSAIDs. In case you're wondering what that stands for, it's NonSteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs. That's how they came up with NSAIDs. What these drugs basically do is reduce inflammation. This can be inflammation from a variety of ailments such as arthritis and even menstrual pain. Doctors pretty much prescribe Celebrex for just about any pain that isn't a common headache. This is another problem with the medical community. We hand out pain killers like they were gum drops. You can thank the drug companies for that. But that's another subject altogether, so don't get me started.

Fortunately, your doctor will tell you not to take Celebrex if you suffer from heart problems or if you've had a heart attack or stroke. You'll also be told to avoid taking Celebrex if you've had a history of ulcers or stomach bleeding. Other factors that will put you at risk if you take Celebrex are history of liver problems, kidney problems. asthma, or any kind of blood clotting problem.

So, just what are the possible side effects of taking Celebrex? Well, on the more mild side, you can suffer from an upset stomach, mild heart burn, constipation, gas, dizziness, headache and some blurred vision. This drug can also make you extremely nervous. When I used to take Vioxx for a muscle pull, I almost had a panic attack the first night. I immediately stopped taking it. Now I am quite glad I did.

But what about the really harmful side effects? Well, at worst, Celebrex can increase your risk of a life threatening heart attack or stroke. I guess the rest of the possible serious problems really don't matter much when taking this drug can basically kill you outright.

If I sound angry, cold or just plain fed up, it's because I have personally seen loved ones die because of Celebrex and drugs like them. The doctors claim that these drugs do more harm than good. I'm not so convinced. However, now that you know the facts of Celebrex, you can make up your own mind as to whether or not you want to risk your life taking this medication.