NSAID Use in Pregnancy: Dangers and Legal Recourse
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used as an over-the-counter or prescription remedy for short-term aches and pains. One condition that’s well-known for causing aches and pains is pregnancy; mothers-to-be may often find themselves wanting to reach for a bottle of painkillers when they experience back pain, sciatica, or round ligament pain. However, as is the case with many other medications, pregnant women should think twice before taking an anti-inflammatory during pregnancy.
Studies have shown that NSAID use in pregnancy can lead to low amniotic fluid and birth defects in the child, especially after 20 weeks, when the baby’s kidneys begin to form. Having a low level of amniotic fluid, a condition called oligohydramnios, is detectable after taking a regular regimen of NSAIDs, but it may resolve itself if the pregnant patient immediately discontinues use of these drugs.
The FDA Warns Against NSAID Use While Pregnant
The FDA has issued a warning to patients and medical professionals about the dangers of consistent use of prescription NSAIDs while pregnant, but for some women, this action has come far too late. If you’ve given birth to a child with birth defects after taking NSAIDs, the experienced attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP may be able to help you get compensation.
What Are Common Types of NSAIDs Used By Pregnant Women?
NSAIDs can be bought as tablets, capsules, suppositories, creams, gels, and injections, both over the counter and by prescription. The most common types of NSAIDs are:
- Naproxen sodium
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
- Diclofenac (Voltaren)
- Indomethacin (Indocin)
Are Nsaids Safe In Pregnancy?
NSAID use in pregnancy is not advisable, and taking higher doses of NSAIDs over longer periods of time can also increase the risk of serious side effects. Use of NSAIDs in pregnancy should be limited, especially after 20 weeks, as it can endanger the health of the baby. Research has shown a link between NSAIDs and kidney damage in the fetus after just two days of use. The effects of NSAIDs on pregnancy can lead to serious kidney and heart issues. Other developmental issues can occur if the use of the over-the-counter medication continues throughout pregnancy. The FDA now requires a warning on both prescription and over-the-counter NSAIDs detailing the risk of birth defects from prescription drugs due to lowered amniotic fluid levels.
Frequently Asked Questions About NSAID Use During Pregnancy
Can Low Amniotic Fluid Cause Birth Defects?
Yes. Low amniotic fluid levels can cause intrauterine growth restriction and impair the development of the lungs, muscles, and digestive system. Oligohydramnios can also lead to miscarriage, premature birth or stillbirth.
Do NSAIDs Cause Kidney Damage In Unborn Children?
NSAIDs can cause kidney damage, especially when they are used improperly. In pregnant women, NSAIDs can impair the development and function of the baby’s kidneys, which can lead to birth defects or even death.
Can Ibuprofen Cause Birth Defects?
As an NSAID, the pregnancy risk factor of Ibuprofen is high, especially when used after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Ibuprofen birth defects, such as improper kidney development in the fetus, can occur even if an expecting mother only uses it two days in a row.
Don’t Delay: Get Help With Your NSAID Lawsuit
If you took NSAIDs while pregnant and your baby was harmed as a result, you may be able to get compensation with the help of our compassionate birth injury lawyers. When you trust your case to our law firm, we take that trust very seriously, and we’ll fight tirelessly for you and your family. With the skilled lawyers at Parker Waichman on your side, you can rest assured that your NSAID lawsuit is in good hands, so you can focus on taking care of yourself and your loved ones.
The effects of mixing NSAIDs and pregnancy can have severe consequences on a fetus. If you or a loved one used NSAIDs while pregnant and suffered from birth injuries or stillbirth as a result, contact us for a free consultation today by filling out our online contact form or calling 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529). We’ll answer your questions about filing an NSAID lawsuit with no obligation.
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