Car Accident Article: Car Accidents & Post Traumatic Stress DisorderWritten by Anna Henningsgaard
There has been recent debate in medical community about defining and prescribing medication for such “disorders” as social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. American society is plagued by self-induced stress. Should this be something we pop pills for? Retrospectively, society accepts unhealthiness of prior forms of medicated stress relief. It is generally accepted that smoking, for example, causes more problems than it relieves. Why does America swallow anti-anxiety medication so freely, without worrying about harmful side effects? These are powerful drugs that target chemicals in brain. Medication should be last resort in any anti-anxiety therapy. First, people who suffer anxiety should be proactive and try to resolve their concerns.
One example of a disorder that is suddenly widely prescribed is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD was first recognized as a serious problem among veterans returning from war. These men suffered cold sweats, panic attacks, nightmares, and compulsive behavior as a result of near death experiences and mental anguish of war. Some doctors are now claiming that this same level of shock is regularly induced in car accidents, they cite numbers as high as 9% of car accident victims suffer “significant post-traumatic stress symptoms”.
A few years ago, I was in a rather serious car accident, and I experienced symptoms like these medical journals described. I would often upset myself by dwelling on accident. I displayed obsessive behavior in that I avoided left turns wherever possible, even on deserted streets. I could not manage this out on country roads, but in city grid I was careful to take three right turns instead of making just one left. Riding in a car that slams on its breaks still causes me to spin around and look behind for car that always seems to be on verge of collision. Was this Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? As annoying as these symptoms were, I find it would take a rather presumptuous hypochondriac to insist that these small neuroses could rival intense stress of a veteran returning from horrors of war. Perhaps I was stressed and absorbed by my experience, but I certainly never needed medication.
Baycol Lawsuit Lawyer: Baycol Side Effects LitigationWritten by Anna Henningsgaard
The German pharmaceutical company Bayer AG announced in August of 2001 a voluntary withdrawal of its drug Baycol (cerivastatin) from US and European markets. Over 31 people have died while taking drug. They perish of severe muscle breakdown, a rare condition that has been associated with cholesterol-lowering drugs like Baycol. Many of people to die while using Baycol were also using gemfibrozil, despite warnings about danger of mixing two.
Drug recalls are relatively rare, representing less than 3% of drugs that are released into market. The FDA supported this voluntary recall. Baycol has been used worldwide by over 6 million people, and it will remain on market in Japan where gemfibrozil is unavailable.
Since statins (cholesteral-lowering drugs) were introduced in marketplace many physicians noted that patients experienced muscle spasms and pain. In this case of Baycol tragedies, this muscle soreness progressed to a full-scale breakdown, a condition called rhabdomyolysis. As this muscle tissue breaks down it releases toxic proteins into bloodstream. When this tainted blood reaches internal organs it causes kidney failure. Nearly all of Baycol deaths were caused by kidney failure.