Concerta is prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but research has linked this drug to an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, particularly in children under the age of 21.
If you or a loved one experienced these symptoms after taking Concerta, you should contact Lynch Law Firm’s personal injury lawyers about a potential Concerta lawsuit. We charge no upfront fees and we do not receive any compensation unless we obtain fair compensation or a favorable jury verdict.
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Signs of Suicidal Thoughts
There are many warning signs that someone is thinking about or actively planning to commit suicide, including:
- Talking about dying or committing suicide
- Saying goodbye to people
- Telling people about feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
- Losing interest in things that were previously important
- Taking extreme risks that are out of character
If a loved one is taking Concerta, watch for any of these behaviors. If he or she says or does any of those things, he or she needs professional help immediately.
Encourage your loved one to see a mental health professional or check into a treatment facility. If necessary, take your loved one to the facility or mental health professional yourself.
Once your loved one’s condition stabilizes, contact Lynch Law Firm to inquire about a Concerta lawsuit. Research has linked suicidal thoughts and actions to Concerta, so your loved one could be entitled to compensation for physical, psychological and financial damages.
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Links Between Concerta and Suicidal Thoughts
Since its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August of 2000, Concerta’s drug label has warned doctors and patients about many potential side effects, including anxiety, convulsions, disturbed sleep and hostility, among others.
However, after years of studies and reports linking methylphenidate medications like Concerta to an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and actions, the drug label still does not warn doctors and patients about these dangers.
In 2006, the FDA released a review of psychiatric adverse event reports associated with drugs used to treat ADHD. There were 121 adverse event reports involving patients who were taking Concerta, including:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Suicide attempts
- Self-harm behaviors
- Completed suicide
Of the 121 reports, 34 percent involved children 10 years old or younger and 38 percent involved patients who were between ages 11 and 20. In 26 percent of cases, the suicidal thoughts and behaviors stopped when patients stopped taking Concerta.
Three years later, a study published in Drug Safety Journal revealed that suicide rates for children under the age of 14 who were taking ADHD medications were 162 times higher than the general population. The study also pointed out that the suicide rate for children on these medications could be higher due to underreporting.
If your loved one engaged in suicidal behaviors while taking Concerta, you may be able to file a Concerta lawsuit.
Call (800) 518-0508 right now to find out if you can file a Concerta lawsuit.
Health Canada Adds Warnings to ADHD Medications
In 2015, Health Canada announced that strong, clear warnings would be added to prescribing information for these medications in Canada.
The warnings say that there have been reports of suicidal thoughts and actions among patients taking ADHD drugs, including Concerta. Warnings also note that it is possible that these drugs contribute to the risk of suicide-related events.
The Canadian labels for ADHD drugs advise patients and their families and friends to watch for suicidal behaviors and immediately report them to a doctor. The labels also instruct doctors to monitor patients every six months and during every adjustment dose for signs of psychiatric disorders.
The labels tell patients to alert their doctors prior to taking ADHD medications if they or their families have histories of mental health problems, such as bipolar disorder, depression or suicide.
Contact Our Attorneys About Filing a Concerta Lawsuit
Drug manufacturers have a legal obligation to properly warn doctors and patients about dangerous, potentially life-threatening side effects from the drugs they produce. Companies that do not do this, could be held liable for the injuries suffered by people who take these dangerous drugs.
Despite research showing an increased risk of suicidal behaviors in people who take ADHD drugs like Concerta, Janssen Pharmaceuticals has not added an explicit warning about these dangers to labels and marketing about the drug.
That means that people who have experienced these life-threatening side effects may be entitled to file a Concerta lawsuit to recover compensation, which could include medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and various other damages.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Lynch Law Firm can advise you of your options. If you are entitled to compensation, we will aggressively pursue everything you are owed.
At Lynch Law Firm, we have the experience and legal knowledge to fully investigate your claim and build a strong case that gives you the best chance of obtaining maximum compensation.
Call (800) 518-0508 to find out if you can file a Concerta lawsuit.