January 15, 2013

A study recently published in the British Medical Journal has shown a link between taking both non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) and dual antihypertensive therapy medications, including a diuretic plus either an ACE inhibitor or an angiotensin receptor blocker and the risk of acute kidney injury.

The study examined the cases of nearly a half a million patients who were taking the combination of medications and found a total of 2, 215 cases of kidney injury after around six-years of taking the drugs. Researchers were able to conclude from this that taking either of the types of medication alone presented little risk of Drug Injury, but when the two types of medications combined, the risk of injury jumped significantly. The risk was also said to be the highest in the first month of combining the two types of medications.

Experts say the study may “underestimate” just how serious this risk may be and encouraged doctors prescribing drugs for antihypersensitive therapy to discuss the dangers of taking even over-the-counter NSAIDS, like Ibuprofen, with patients while also keeping a vigilant watch for signs of the drug injury in patients.

The Drug Injury Lawyers with Ferrer Poirot Feller Daniel have been recognized for their success in handling drug injury litigation and suggest discussing your legal rights with an attorney if taking a medication prescribed to you by a doctor has harmed you.