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Three Drugs Commonly Prescribed Off Label

When doctors diagnose patients with certain medical conditions, do they prescribe a drug specifically designed to treat that condition? While many people think the answer to this question is a resounding “yes,” doctors are under no obligation to prescribe medicines for their intended uses. Off-label prescribing occurs when a physician gives you a drug the FDA approved to treat a condition other than your condition. While doing so may seem dangerous, the practice is actually quite common.

Throughout the country, many doctors are prescribing medications off label. The results are often beneficial, but there is a very real risk presented by taking this approach. Pharmaceutical companies extensively test medications to ensure a particular medication is safe when it is prescribed for a certain condition, but the results are less clear when that same medication is prescribed off label. Here are three drugs you may not know doctors frequently prescribe off label:

  1. Beta-blockers work by blocking the effects of adrenaline. These drugs slow your heart rate and lower your blood pressure, making them common for victims of heart disease. Additionally, beta-blockers open up your blood vessels and may improve blood flow throughout your body. While beta-blockers were initially approved only to treat high blood pressure, their use to treat heart failure became common.
  2. Abilify is an antipsychotic drug approved to mitigate the symptoms of schizophrenia. Through tireless medical trials, the FDA deemed the drug safe and useful, but only to treat schizophrenia. Doctors commonly prescribe Abilify off label to treat bipolar disorder.
  3. In the realm of cancer treatment, off-label prescriptions are common practice. Combination chemotherapy is extremely effective and involves off-label prescription. One example is R-CVP, a combination of several cancer drugs used to treat Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

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In the United States, we give doctors a huge amount of flexibility when it comes to prescribing drugs. Unfortunately, off-label prescribing practices frequently lead to disastrous side effects. At Williams Hart, our decades of experience in personal injury law have built us a reputation as a tireless and passionate defender for our clients. Simply put, we get results. Contact us today at (713) 352-7071 for a free consultation with one of our many skilled and knowledgeable representatives.

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