Norvasc is a medication used to treat high blood pressure. Manufactured by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Norvasc is a calcium channel blocker that is commonly used in people who suffer from high blood pressure and angina.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) for Internal Medicine indicates that women aged 55 and older are at a much higher risk for developing breast cancer than those in the same age bracket not taking this medication.
The study, conducted in the Seattle-Puget Sound area, compared women in this age bracket that were taking a calcium channel blocker blood pressure medication, those taking a different type of blood pressure medication known as eta-blockers, and women who did not take any type of blood pressure medication.
Women taking Norvasc were found to have a two and a half times increase in acquiring breast cancer than those in any other group. In fact, the study found that there was no significant increase in risk for breast cancer in the other group taking the beta-blocking medication.
While the study does not absolutely verify that the calcium channel blocker medication Norvasc causes breast cancer, the study has created a concern. Researchers have stated:
“Long-term current use of calcium-channel blockers in particular are associated with breast cancer risk. Additional research is needed to confirm this finding and to evaluate potential underlying biological mechanisms.”
Why This Study Should Make People Take A Second Look At The Safety Of Norvasc
High blood pressure is one of the most common medical disorders today. It is believed that Norvasc accounts for 98 million filled prescriptions per year. With this astronomical amount of prescriptions being distributed each year, the potential for many women to come to harm from its use is great.
Because high blood pressure is a very serious condition, women taking this medication should not stop until they have spoken to their doctor. These same women are also encouraged to visit their doctor to be checked for signs of breast cancer. Discuss with your doctor the risks involved with continuing this medication.
High blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke, and blindness if left untreated. It is a very serious condition that affects a majority of people over the age of fifty. While most blood pressure medications are deemed safe, this recent study connecting Norvasc with an increased risk of breast cancer should be taken seriously.
Norvasc Breast Cancer Lawsuit
If you took Norvasc and developed breast cancer while on or after taking the drug, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our pharmaceutical litigation team for a free consultation to explore your legal rights by calling 1-800-677-DRUG or by using the contact form provided.