What is Cylert?
Cylert, also generically known as pemoline, was manufactured by Abbott Laboratories and used to fight Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD). Sale of Cylert was halted in 2005, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the risks associated with Cylert outweighed the potential benefits. It was approved to treat ADHD in 1975, and by 2004 there were an estimated 117,000 prescriptions being filled every year.
The public watch group Public Citizen has reported that 193 or more patients have experienced serious side effects in association with use of Cylert. A spokesperson for Public Citizen called the drug, “an outmoded drug, and there is no reason for it to still be on the market”.
There are some very serious and life-threatening cases associated with use of Cylert. The most serious and deadly side effect has been liver failure in patients. All of these 13 cases required a transplant within weeks of the onset of the symptoms, and all of those opting not to receive the transplant suffered fatal consequences.
While liver failure is the most extreme and deadly side effect tied to Cylert, the FDA has reported over 200 other potential adverse side effects. Cylert has also been known to cause a variety of behavioral issues and thought disorders in children who are psychotic. These include, but are not limited to, both motor and vocal tics and Tourette’s syndrome.
Cylert Side Effects
Many potentially dangerous and life-threatening side effects have been tied to use of Cylert, they include;
- Heart Attack
- Sudden Death
- Liver Failure
- Liver Transplants
Due to the serious side effects associated with the drug many consumers were exposed to risks they were unaware of.
At Sheff Law, we are the Massachusetts law firm with the resources, experience, and national reputation to investigate injuries resulting from exposure to Cylert. Patients across Massachusetts and America have realized some of the potential harmful consequences of using Cylert. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of Cylert, contact an attorney at Sheff Law today by filling out a FREE consultation form, or call at (888) 423-4477 or 617-227-7000.
February 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Blog