The drug Multaq was sold under the name Dronedarone by the pharmaceutical giant Sonafi-Aventis. First sanctioned for use in the United Sates in 2009, the drug was meant to be used by patients who had recently experienced heart issues like atrial fibrillation or atrial flutters. Multaq, however, was not meant to combat either of these conditions. Rather, it was designed to help patients who had experienced those symptoms at some point during the last six months but who were no longer experiencing them. Whether the symptoms had subsided naturally, through drug use, or through electric therapy was not relevant. According to the manufacturers and the FDA, Multaq would work to keep these symptoms at bay once they were gone.
The drug was not approved to reduce deaths, and in fact, when it was used by patients who had suffered recent heart failures, it actually caused deaths. All trials involving patients with this particular problem were halted. In 2007, there was a study called Andromeda. Although the study was named after a Greek heroine who was rescued from death by the hero Perseus, the participants in the study were not lucky enough to avoid death. They died at double the rate of patients using the placebo until the study was halted. However, if you or a loved one suffered through a Multaq prescription that was wrongly advised to help after heart failure, you should look into one of the many Multaq lawsuits. The most common malady suffered by Dronedarone users was, however, not death related to heart failure but severe liver damage.
Severe liver damage can manifest itself in many ways. Signs that you may be experiencing liver damage are as follows:
- Never feeling hungry
- Feeling nauseous
- Throwing Up
- A general ill feeling including fatigue
- Skin or eye whites that appear yellow
- Dark urine
- Stomach pain that is located in the upper right section of the stomach area
In addition to possible liver damage, Multaq may have other side effects. Possible side effects to watch for include the following:
- Severe diarrhea
- Severe nausea
- Pains in your stomach
- Throwing up
- A sensation of heartburn
- A feeling of faintness or a loss of strength
- Allergic reactions like rashes, itching or excessive redness
- Inability to catch your breath especially loss of breath that prevents you from falling asleep or staying asleep
- Tight Feeling in your chest
- Coughs that bring up mucus
- Quick weight gain in excessive of 5 pounds
- Swollen feet or legs
As is the case with any prescription drug, you should speak with your doctor about any other drugs that you are currently taking including herbal supplements especially St. John’s Wort. There are no particular dietary restrictions for individuals that are taking Multaq except that they should avoid grapefruits and grapefruit juice as it may inhibit the body’s inability to absorb the drug.
If you have experienced severe forms of any of the conditions discussed above or if you or a loved one has tragically died due to Multaq, you should consult an attorney about the Multaq lawsuits. The Attorney One website is able to put you in contact with up to ten lawyers who deal with this sort of lawsuit when you fill out a simple form. If you opt to retain legal services, you will owe nothing unless you win your case. Then, depending on the lawyer, you will normally owe a small percentage of the settlement.