FDA Black Box Warning Says Uloric Has Increased Risk of Heart-Related Deaths
Following an in-depth study, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a black box warning for the gout medicine Uloric in February of 2019. This is the most serious medication warning issued by the FDA, which warns potential users of the drug of the severe adverse effects of the drugs that receive the label.
The FDA study found that Uloric has an increased risk of death when compared to another gout medicine called allopurinol. The administration made this conclusion following a detailed review of safety clinical trial results, which found that Uloric has an increased risk of both heart-related deaths and deaths from all other causes.
Along with the black box warning, the FDA has added a new patient Medication Guide for Uloric. They have also limited the approved use of the drug to patients who have not been treated effectively or have experienced severe side effects with allopurinol.
FDA Recommendations For Uloric Patients
The FDA has suggested that users of Uloric tell their doctor or another healthcare professional if they have a history of heart issues or strokes and discuss the benefits and risks of Uloric as a treatment for gout.
Additionally, they suggest seeking emergency medical care immediately if you have experienced any of the following symptoms while taking Uloric:
- Sudden and severe headaches
- Chest pain
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Numbness or weakness on one side of the body
- Difficulty speaking
- Shortness of breath
If you have noticed any of these adverse symptoms, don’t stop taking Uloric until you first talk with your healthcare professional. Stopping suddenly can make gout worse.
Potential For Uloric Lawsuits From Sufferers of Cardiovascular Problems
Our defective drug lawyers are currently exploring the potential for Uloric lawsuits against Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the drug. We specialize in helping families who have been affected by the adverse effects of dangerous drugs find answers, support, and financial compensation for the difficulties they’ve faced.
If you or someone you love has suffered severe health problems such as a heart attack or stroke while taking Uloric, we are prepared to help your family explore your legal options. You deserve justice for the suffering you’ve been forced to endure due to the negligence of a pharmaceutical company that placed their own profits above the lives of their customers.