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May 30, 2016

By Steve Heintz of Heintz & Becker posted in CRPS on Monday, May 30, 2016.

In our most recent CRPS/RSD post we told our readers about how some pharmacies are refusing to fill valid pain medication prescriptions that chronic pain patients need to control their pain.

With prescription medications becoming more difficult to obtain, many chronic pain sufferers may be resorting to taking large doses of over the counter NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) in an attempt to find relief, and in doing so, they may damaging their health and putting themselves at risk for a heart attack, stroke and other complications.

drug label-thumb-350x213-59817Just a few days ago the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication containing stronger warnings about the increased risks of heart attack and stroke associated with NSAIDs.  NSAIDs include ibuprofen and naproxen and are found in many over-the counter pain medications, including Advil, Motrin and Aleve.  Despite warning labels stating that that the drugs should not be used longer than 10 days for pain or three days for fever, people, especially those with chronic painful conditions, take larger doses than recommended on a daily basis.

The new FDA warnings make it clear that people need to change their thinking and realize that NSAIDs can be dangerous.  People using NSAIDs are being advised to take the lowest effective dose for the shortest amount of time possible and to be especially careful not to take more than one product that contains an NSAID at a time.  (Although aspirin is also an NSAID, the FDA's revised warning doesn't apply to aspirin.)  Symptoms of a heart attack or stroke include chest pain, difficulty breathing, sudden weakness in one part or side of the body and/or slurred speech.  Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical help.

The Heintz & Becker CRPS/RSD series highlights how debilitating and difficult it can be to treat chronic pain.  Our attorneys are strongly committed to providing legal help to people suffering from chronic pain due to accidents caused by the negligence of others.  If you or a member of your family is in need of an attorney who understands CRPS and RSD, please contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Source(s): CBS News, "FDA issues strong heart attack, stroke warning for common painkillers", posted July 10, 2015; The Washington Post, "Should you take painkillers? FDA bolsters safety labels, warns of heart attack, stroke risk", posted July 10, 2015; U.S. Food and Drug Administration, "FDA Strengthens Warning of Heart Attack and Stroke Risk for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs", posted July 9, 2015

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