The Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) is warning doctors about possible complications between a popular breast cancer drug — tamoxifen — and various antidepressants.
A study showed women on both drugs were twice as likely to see their cancer return causing more personal injury or wrongful injury.
The study involved about 1,300 women and was conducted by the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Women taking antidepressants such as Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft along with tamoxifen for at least a year had a breast-cancer recurrence rate of 16 percent. Women not taking the drugs had a recurrence rate of about 7.5 percent.
Not all antidepressants caused the cancer’s return. Women on drugs like Celexa, Lexapro and Luvox did not have a higher rate of cancer recurrence.
Cancer treatment is important to the people who suffer from a disease that will ultimately lead in their wrongful death. Reducing the effectiveness of tamoxifen is a possibility to limit complications, but that could only make cancer return more possible leading to wrongful death.
As personal injury lawyers in San Diego, we believe patients taking potentially dangerous drugs should check with their doctor or pharmacist before adding more medications. Combinations of treatments can be extremely dangerous and can lead to personal injury or wrongful death.
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