As a Florida medical malpractice and defective drug and medicine lawyer, I was surprised when a client of ours was recently diagnosed with acute kidney failure related to her use of a common over-the-counter non-prescription pain medication. Apparently, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been found to induce two different kinds of kidney injuries.

Our Miami injury lawyers recommend that if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, asthma or a history of liver or kidney disease to tell your physician before taking Aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Naproxen, Aleve or Relafen. The greatest risk is when a patient is seeing multiple physicians and there is no coordination of care. It is highly possible that one doctor can be unaware of what another doctor of a different specialty is doing while treating an unrelated condition.

Lastly, do not underestimate the dangers of NSAIDs simply because they are available over the counter without a prescription.