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Certain medications should not be mixed

It's debatable whether anything such as a safe medication can exist. Doctors need to recognize that many medications are beneficial if prescribed correctly, but these same medications can result in disastrous side effects if used incorrectly or when taken side-by-side with other drugs.

A medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed in Cook County Circuit Court alleging a prescription medication error when a doctor prescribed Zocor to a patient. Zocor, a cholesterol reducing medication, is alleged to cause muscle damage when the dosage prescribed is too high. However, such side effects can also come about when Zocor is taken along with other prescription medications.

The plaintiff in this case alleged that he suffered Zocor related rhabdomyolysis as a result of taking Zocor with his other prescriptions. Rhabdomyolysis is a condition where muscle tissue breaks down while releasing various proteins into the bloodstream. As the condition progresses, enough proteins are released to overwhelm the kidneys and can result in possible kidney failure.

The FDA has issued a number of warnings concerning the adverse effects of mixing Zocor with other medications. Because the doctor failed to abide by such warnings, it is alleged that the patient ended up in the hospital and was barely able to walk.

Whether there was or was not any correlation between the medications taken and any health problems the patient experienced will be left up to the court to decide. However, attorneys with knowledge of medication errors can help such patients determine if a prescription error did take place.

If doctors are going to rely upon medications to do their job for them, such doctors also need to be aware of the consequences of prescribing such medications incorrectly.

Source: Zocor Lawsuit Center, "Plaintiff Files Malpractice Suit Against Doctor Who Prescribed Zocor," by Shay Morrigan, April 24, 2012

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