Did you develop unusual symptoms while treating cancer with Taxotere? Has excessive eye-watering disrupted your daily life, making it difficult to complete routine tasks? If so, contact a Taxotere lawyer at Hotze Runkle PLLC to determine if you are entitled to financial compensation from the drug manufacturer.
Sanofi-Aventis is a drug company that manufactures Taxotere to treat prostate cancer, breast cancer, head cancer, and other types of cancer. It works by attacking cancer cells and shrinking tumors, so they can’t spread to the lymph nodes and distant body parts. Unfortunately, it also causes a range of symptoms that weren’t included in original warning labels.
If you took Taxotere and have suffered severe side effects as a result, let our New Orleans defective drug lawyers help you get justice. You could be owed significant compensation, and we’re ready to demand it for you. Call us at (800) 763-6155 to schedule your free case evaluation.
Symptoms You Could Develop from Taking Taxotere
One of the first symptoms patients usually notice while undergoing Taxotere chemo treatment is epiphora. Epiphora causes uncontrollable and excessive watery eyes. It occurs when a structure in the ocular cavity called a canaliculus becomes inflamed and obstructs the passage of tears.
Inflammation can lead to chronic infections, causing additional symptoms, such as:
- Central vision loss
- Dry eyes
- Swollen eyelids
- Blurry vision
- Clouded eye lens
- Light sensitivity
- Additional eye infections
You should notify your doctor once you develop epiphora or other symptoms associated with Taxotere chemo. You might be able to avoid a permanent medical condition if you seek immediate treatment with an opthalmologist and switch to a different chemo drug. With proper medical care, you can manage your symptoms and prevent Canalicular Stenosis from developing.
The Permanent Effects of Taxotere On A Patient’s Vision
Epiphora can lead to a permanent condition called Canalicular Stenosis. Once it develops, there’s no way to cure it. Symptoms can be debilitating, preventing you from going about your normal routine and reducing your quality of life.
Medical researchers discovered a link between the mingling of Taxotere and a person’s tears as it travels through the canaliculus. The likelihood of developing Canalicular Stenosis doesn’t depend on the type of regimen you’re following. You could get it whether you’re undergoing treatment once a week or every three weeks.
When a person’s tears interact with the chemo drug, it causes inflammation of the canaliculus. Without proper medical intervention, obstructions can prevent tears from flowing into the nasal cavity as they usually would. The canaliculus becomes even more obstructed as the medical condition progresses. If the canaliculus closes partially or fully, the tears have nowhere else to go. Instead, they build up on the surface of the eye, causing excessive eye-watering and other irritating symptoms.
Treatment Options Available for Canalicular Stenosis
If your symptoms have become a nuisance and you want to find relief, there are two possible options for managing your symptoms and preventing them from getting worse. The first is dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR). This is an invasive surgery where the doctor uses existing eye structures to create a new passageway so your tears can bypass the obstructed canaliculus and travel to your nasal cavity.
The second option is for patients with a severe case of Canalicular Stenosis. When the surgeon cannot use eye structures to create a passageway, they could place a small glass tube (Jones tube) over the obstructed canaliculus. This facilitates the normal flow of tears from the tear duct to the nasal cavity.
Although these procedures can be useful in alleviating some of your symptoms, they also come with risks, such as:
- Significant facial scars
- Eye infections
- Damage to tissues and vital eye structures
- Migrating or ineffective Jones tube
- Uncontrollable bleeding during and after surgery
You should understand the risks you’re taking and the possible outcomes of these surgical options. Discuss this with your oncologist and an ophthalmologist so you can determine the best solution to manage your excessive eye-watering and associated symptoms. You can continue chemotherapy while treating Canalicular Stenosis, but it might be best to stop using Taxotere and switch to another drug.
Compensation You Could Pursue In A Lawsuit Against Sanofi
Patients treating their cancer with Taxotere can suffer a range of economic and intangible losses. These losses could include:
- Medical bills
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Long-term disability
- Property damage
- Out of pocket expenses
- Loss of companionship or society
There is a strict deadline you must comply with when filing a lawsuit in New Orleans to hold Sanofi liable for these losses. The state requires following a one-year statute of limitations. That means you must file your lawsuit within one year from the date you developed Canalicular Stenosis or started experiencing symptoms while treating with Taxotere.
Our New Orleans excessive eye-watering Taxotere lawyers can review your total losses and determine the maximum compensation you need to compensate for everything. You should not have to pay for any of the expenses yourself. Sanofi knew about the dangers of their chemo drug and continued to manufacture and sell it to doctors and patients without warning anyway. Their negligence led to your injuries, and you deserve a monetary award for the suffering you were forced to endure.
Find Out If You’re Eligible for A Lawsuit
At Hotze Runkle PLLC, we know the impact cancer can have on you and your family. It’s even worse when the drug your doctor prescribed caused various symptoms that affected your daily life. We represent injured victims in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana and have been able to recover over $100 million in compensation for the injustices they faced.
We’re not afraid to fight against large pharmaceutical companies like Sanofi and seek the justice our clients rightfully deserve. When you hire us, we will provide the guidance, support, and advice you need to get through this challenging time in your life. You deserve to win a monetary award that covers your losses and helps heal the injuries you sustained.
You might already face financial struggles while treating cancer and Canalicular Stenosis. The last thing we want is to add to your burden. That’s why we take all cases on a contingency fee basis. That means there are no upfront fees or costs to receive quality representation from an experienced and dedicated New Orleans excessive eye-watering Taxotere lawyer. We don’t get paid unless you get paid.
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