According to NSAIDs injury attorneys, patients who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Aleve, Motrin, and Advil following gastrointestinal surgeries can be up to 24 percent more likely to experience an anastomic leak at the surgical site, suggesting that these popular pain medications may actually prevent healing after surgery.
If you or a loved one has taken an NSAID and you suffered complications following a surgery, contact Attorney Group for more information about your options for filing an NSAID side effect lawsuit. There are no out-of-pocket costs to speak with us, and if you have a case we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Study: Popular Pain Medications
May Lead to Complications
A study published on January 21, 2015 in the medical journal JAMA Surgery evaluated data involving more than 13,000 patients who underwent colorectal or bariatric surgery at 47 hospitals throughout Washington State. The procedures took place from 2006 through 2010. Approximately 24 percent of patients were given NSAIDs within 24 hours following surgery.
According to researchers, the 90-day rate of gastrointestinal leaks was 4.3 percent for all patients included in the NSAID group, but the rate was significantly higher for patients undergoing non-elective colorectal surgery. Data showed that the risk was 12.3 percent in NSAID patients, compared to 8.3 percent in the group not given Advil, Motrin, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories following surgery.
Researchers defined “a leak” as an area requiring re-operation. Individuals who took NSAIDs reportedly had a lower cardiac risk index, had lower levels of coexisting illnesses, were younger, and underwent elective procedures more frequently than those who did not take NSAIDs. While NSAIDs are among the best-selling over-the-counter pain medications in the country, they may also increase a patient’s risk of suffering a vein blood clot or pulmonary embolism by more than 80 percent.
Concerns Over NSAID Side Effects
NSAIDs, including medications like Motrin, Advil, and Aleve, are a broad class of drugs typically used to relieve inflammation or to treat many types of neck pain and back pain. The findings of the recent study add to a growing body of evidence from other studies that suggest potentially serious risks from using these drugs. Individuals who have suffered from complications after taking NSAIDs should consider seeking legal counsel to determine whether they are eligible to seek compensation for any injuries or health conditions that may have been caused by these medications.
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If you or a loved one has questions about NSAIDs injury risk, or if you would like to speak with us regarding a possible an NSAID side effect lawsuit, call Attorney Group. There is no out-of-pocket cost to speak with us, and we can help you determine whether you may be eligible to recover damages for your injuries. If you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can file a lawsuit on your behalf and help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.