NSAID Lawsuit

You can find nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) in nearly any drug store or supermarket nationwide. Since these products are so widely available, most people never think twice about the safety of these drugs. Aspirin and ibuprofen are commonly known NSAIDs. Millions of people reach for NSAIDs to help relieve mild to moderate aches and pains. Expectant mothers may turn to NSAIDs to alleviate the pain and discomfort experienced during pregnancy. But recent studies warn of the dangers of taking NSAIDs during pregnancy.

Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits involving infants who suffered kidney damage after their mothers took nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs during pregnancy. NSAID use while pregnant may lead to neonatal kidney injury, kidney failure, and a lack of amniotic fluid.

What are Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs?

NSAIDs are an FDA-approved class of medications that remedy pain, fever, and inflammation. These drugs are widely available over-the-counter or on prescription. People may take NSAIDs for headaches, arthritis, back pain, neck stiffness, and much more. There are numerous brand-name and generic-name NSAIDs, including:

  • Ibuprofen – Advil, Motrin, etc.
  • Aspirin – Excedrin Migraine, Durlaza, Aggrenox, etc.
  • Celecoxib
  • Naproxin – Aleve, Naprelan
  • Diclofenac

Dangers of NSAIDs During Pregnancy

In October 2020, the FDA advised pregnant women against using NSAIDs at the 20-week mark or later in their pregnancy. This warning detailed concerns over NSAIDs increasing the fetal risk of serious kidney problems. NSAID labels initially recommended that pregnant women avoid the drugs at the 30-week mark in their pregnancy. But the FDA required changes to NSAID prescribing information to update the advisory to 20 weeks. The FDA recommended doctors limit prescribing NSAIDs between 20 and 30 weeks of pregnancy. If necessary, doctors should prescribe the lowest dose for the shortest period.

NSAID Injuries

The FDA received many reports involving oligohydramnios or neonatal renal dysfunction associated with NSAID use while pregnant. Oligohydramnios is when there is not enough amniotic fluid surrounding the fetus. Amniotic fluid is crucial for the baby’s development and prevents injury to the infant. The baby begins to form kidneys after 20 weeks, so NSAIDs increase the risk of fetal kidney injury or damage. NSAID use after 20 weeks of pregnancy may cause:

  • Permanent fetal kidney damage – requiring dialysis or transplant
  • Restricted uterus growth
  • Limb contractures in the fetus
  • Incomplete or delayed fetal lung development
  • Cesarean section
  • Fetal death

Do I Qualify for an NSAID Lawsuit?

If you used NSAIDs after 20 weeks of pregnancy and your baby suffered kidney damage or injuries related to low amniotic fluid, you may qualify for an NSAID lawsuit. An NSAID lawsuit may help you recover compensation for:

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and
  • Other economic losses related to your injury

Incorrect NSAID labeling and prescribing information jeopardized the health and ended the lives of innocent infants. No parent or family member should have to worry about the safety of their baby. We understand that financial sums cannot make amends for your child’s injuries. But, an NSAID lawsuit can cover medical bills and hold NSAID manufacturers responsible.

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 525-3529 or submit an inquiry on this page.