Rezulin Liver Failure Causes FDA to Recall DrugWritten by Margaret Wommack
Rezulin, a prescription type 2 diabetes drug has been withdrawn from market by FDA. New drugs have come out which offer benefits that Rezulin provides but without such damaging side effects. Rezulin caused extreme damage to liver that often resulted in liver failure. Liver failure was so widespread amongst Rezulin users that there has been progressively increasing encouragement for these people to have frequent liver function tests to monitor liver damage. In fact, Rezulin users are 1200 times more likely to have liver failure than non-users of drug.
Symptoms of liver damage that Rezulin users may experience are jaundice, fatigue, abdominal pain, weight loss, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, back pain and dark urine.
Prior to development and release of less damaging diabetes 2 drugs, FDA rushed to approve and lowered safety standards for Rezulin. The FDA and Warner-Lambert, Rezulinís manufacturer, knew back in 1993 that Rezulin caused dangerous side effects including heart and liver damage or failure.
Mesothelioma Cancer- What to tell childrenWritten by Paul Curran
Telling children about any serious illness or disease is not easy. The best approach is a direct one as children, even very young ones, often sense that something is not right. Their fears need to tackled and honesty is best policy.
The amount of information you should give them depends on their age and how grown up they are. Being honest is one thing but giving them all information at once may be too much. Try spreading it out a bit to ease shock of inevitable outcome.
Questions can be answered on a 'need to know basis' initially but as more hospital vists are undertaken and patient is unwell at times then more detail needs to be offered. Getting same question over and over again from young children can be difficult at times but it should be realised that this is a normal part of their development.
Teenagers may have a particularly hard time as they now have to cope with additional strong emotions and extra responsibilies, as well as usual emotions which are part of their development into adults. They may need to turn to others outside family if they find it difficult to talk to family members e.g.family friend, teacher or counsellor.