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    Default Liver Failure Caused by Blood Pressure Medication

    My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: new jersey

    I recently had a liver transplant. My PCP prescribed me blood pressure medication at a low dose which I was on for 5 months. 10 days before my symptoms occurred, I was in his office and my blood pressure read very high. He doubled the dossge of my medication. 10 days after that I was in his office complaining of nasea, extreme yellow urine and fatigue. He diagnosed me with a stomache infection. 6 days after that, I went to a local walk in clinic complaining of the same symtoms but worsening and yellowing of the iris' of my eyes. His office was closed on that day and I did not want to wait. After several test, they had me head down to the emergency room of a local hospital which admitted me in ICU and was diagnosed with acute liver failure. They determined the cause of this was my blood pressure mediaction. Do I have a malpractice lawsuite? Is my PCP at fault?

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    Default Re: Liver Failure Caused by Blood Pressure Medication

    Do I have a malpractice lawsuite? Is my PCP at fault?
    Maybe. the only way you're going to know for certain is to have your medical file reviewed by a local medical malpractice attorney.
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    Default Re: Liver Failure Caused by Blood Pressure Medication

    What was the blood pressure medication?
    What was the dose? Was the new dose out of standard ranges? Is acute liver failure a known complication of the medication?

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    Default Re: Liver Failure Caused by Blood Pressure Medication

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    What was the blood pressure medication?
    What was the dose? Was the new dose out of standard ranges? Is acute liver failure a known complication of the medication?


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    Default Re: Liver Failure Caused by Blood Pressure Medication

    Aldomet. Original dosage 125 mg uped to 250 mg. No the dosage was a standard range. Original dosage below. yes acute liver failure is rare but a known complication to this medication.

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    Default Acute Liver Failure Due to Prescription Drug. Emergency Liver Tranplant As a Result

    My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: New Jersey

    I recently had a liver transplant. My PCP prescribed me blood pressure medication at a low dose which I was on for 5 months. The prescription drug was Aldomet. Original dosage 125 mg. I was in his office and my blood pressure read very high. He doubled the dosage of my medication. 10 days after that I was in his office complaining of nausea, extreme yellow urine and fatigue. He diagnosed me with a stomach infection. 6 days after that, I went to a local walk in clinic complaining of the same symptoms but worsening and yellowing of the iris' of my eyes had occurred. His office was closed on that day and I did not want to wait. After several test, they had me head down to the emergency room of a local hospital which admitted me in ICU and was diagnosed with acute liver failure. I have a copy of the liver biopsy confirming cause of acute liver failure. The determination was of this was my blood pressure medication. This is a known complication to this drug. The packet insert on this medication indicates that liver enzymes should be checked prior to prescribing and that they should be checked again within 6 to 12 weeks. This was never done. PS. I just had a physical prior to being placed on this drug. No blood work was done to check liver enzymes. Do I have a malpractice lawsuit? Is my PCP at fault? Is the drug manufacturer at fault?

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    Default Re: Acute Liver Failure Due to Prescription Drug. Emergency Liver Tranplant As a Resu

    I would contact the attorney first he may point you to a different network of doctors. In some states, the doctors know each other especially in a local area. You could end up going to a doctor who is a good friend of the doctor whose practice your are questioning. Getting the opinion of a specialist would be better than a PCP.

    Did you know that liver enzymes should have been checked before you swallowed the medicine. The argument is you maybe should have read the instructions and then asked your doctor to get enzyme tests. After your recent transplant, were tests done that were so recent your doctor may have used those tests. I am sure the hospital did many tests before your release.

    These are just some ares that you need keep an eye on and cover with the attorney.

    But if the hospital tells you the BP Medicine was the cause, then you are wise to inquire if anything wrong was done with possible legal ramifications.

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    Default Re: Acute Liver Failure Due to Prescription Drug. Emergency Liver Tranplant As a Resu

    To answer your question, no I did not know that my liver enzymes needed to be checked. I just had a complete physical prior to being prescribed this medication. I would have assumed that all blood work would have been reviewed prior to prescribing this medication. I have thought about the argument you stated saying that they could indicate that it was my responsibility to ask for the test. But I would have never known I had high blood pressure if the dr. did not inform me of this. He was my PCP for almost 5 years before this occurred before this dianoses was made by him. In hindsight, I have reviewed the insert provided to me by the pharmacy when the prescription was filled and it does indicate in one line that a rare side effect of liver failure can occur.

    Yes before and after my transplant, several test were performed but none ordered by my PCP. All were done while I was at the walk-in facility and during my hospital stay. I wouldn't think my PCP would not have had access to it. I have not been back to see my PCP since the transplant. Because my health has changed significantly, I require a specialist in this field to treat me and ensure that there are no interactions with my existing medication.

    Thank you again for all of your help. You have given me allot to think about.

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