July 28th, 2015|
It’s estimated that more than 30 million Americans use over-the-counter pain relievers on a regular basis. That’s why the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough feel it’s so important for patients to know that taking these products may be putting their health at risk.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a class of pain relievers that work by blocking and reducing enzymes that promote pain and inflammation. NSAID drugs include ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, and Aleve.
Taking these drugs can increase a patient’s chances of suffering a stroke or heart attack. Because of these risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently called for more detailed warning labels to be placed on NSAID packaging.
Since some patients choose to avoid NSAIDs due to cardiac risks, acetaminophen is often used as an alternative. Our acetaminophen injury lawyers explain medications containing this drug can present risks to users too.
Research has shown that taking too much acetaminophen or using the drug while under the influence of alcohol can significantly increase the chances of liver damage.
Talk With Your Doctor
The best way to avoid an over-the-counter pain reliever injury is to speak with your physician about any concerns you may have before beginning to take the medication.
We hope this information can help to keep you and your loved ones happy and healthy.