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Signs Of Chemotherapy Overdose


Chemotherapy is somewhat unique in the medical world in the sense that it is a kind of poison that damages cells in the human body; of course, this is the whole point when Florida health care providers implement chemo in connection with treating cancer. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL explain that chemo is quite effective in killing cancerous cells, either with other forms of therapy or alone. It does carry the risk of side effects, however, some of which can carry significant health complications.

Because harsh side effects are an expected consequence of chemotherapy, it can be difficult to tell whether the implications are normal – or whether they are the result of preventable chemo overdose. You may have legal remedies if you suffered harm because of a cancer doctor’s error, and a Florida cancer malpractice lawyer can provide details. Still, you should recognize a few signs of chemotherapy overdose to know whether you have been affected.

Watch for Symptoms of Chemo Overdose 

Because chemotherapy introduces concentrated, powerful substances into the human body to fight cancerous cells, there will be side effects. It is common for a patient to experience nausea, fatigue, easy bruising, diarrhea, hair loss, and many other implications.

However, it is cause for concern if you experience certain side effects that indicate chemo overdose. When there are mistakes with the dosage, type of drug, or other factors, you may:

  • Notice an abnormally slow heart and/or breathing rate
  • Suffer a heart attack
  • Experience a seizure
  • Fall into a coma
  • Have extreme, agonizing, or intense pain
  • Go through significant changes in urination
  • Experience unexplained bleeding
  • Have significant diarrhea or vomiting
  • Develop a high fever 

What to Do About Chemo Overdose 

Obviously, some of the side effects of chemo overdose are similar to what a patient goes through when chemo is properly administered. It is when the symptoms are extreme that you should seek medical treatment right away. Do not wait to schedule an appointment; visit the ER or an urgent care center, as these facilities may be able to provide an antidote. Currently, there is one medication approved by the FDA for treatment of chemo overdose: Uridine triacetate, brand name Vistogard.

Once your health is stabilized after experiencing chemo overdose, you should get in touch with an attorney to discuss your legal options. You may have a cancer malpractice claim against a negligent doctor if you can prove that another physician would not have made sue such errors in administering chemotherapy, so it is possible to recover compensation for such losses as:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Diminished quality of life

Our Florida Cancer Malpractice Lawyers Can Advise You 

At Freidin Brown, P.A., our team is well-versed in Florida medical malpractice laws, including those covering chemo overdose claims. To learn more about your rights, please contact our offices in Miami or Fort Myers to set up a no-cost case evaluation. Once we review your circumstances, we can describe the legal process for cancer malpractice cases.


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