October 4, 2013
A pharmaceutical company has released a video warning that uncontrollable laughing or crying may be associated with a neurological problem called PBA, or Pseudobulbar affect.
“Have you experienced sudden outbursts of uncontrollable crying or laughing?” the PBA Facts website inquires. “If so, you may have PBA. Learn more about this neurologic condition that affects nearly 2 million Americans.”
The PBA website sponsor, Avanir Pharmaceuticals, claims it has created the PBAFacts website for “educational purposes only.”
Avanir manufactures Nuedexta, “the first and only FDA-approved treatment for pseudobulbar affect (PBA).”
Nuedexta is associated with serious side effects, including a change in heart rhythm, allergic reactions, dizziness, fever, rash, hives, diarrhea, dizziness, cough, vomiting, weakness, swelling of feet and ankles, urinary tract infection, flu, elevated liver enzymes, and flatulence.