An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a small cage-like medical device that can be inserted by doctors to stop dangerous blood clots from traveling to the blood vessels of the lungs. Their structure allows them to catch fragments of clots that form in the legs or pelvis before these blockages run the risk of causing a pulmonary embolism (PE). These metal filters are surgically implanted in patients who cannot tolerate blood thinners or have seen little success with those drugs.
Neurontin (gabapentin) is a drug used primarily in the treatment of seizures and nerve-based (neuropathic) pain. It is also prescribed by doctors for a variety of off-label uses such as anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder.
While there is anecdotal evidence to show that Neurontin may help with these conditions, little research has been done into the scientific basis of such claims, let alone the potential side effects from this powerful medication being prescribed for non-approved uses.
Some studies have suggested that Neurontin increases the risk of suicide in patients with epilepsy, and in fact Warner-Lambert, the manufacturer of Neurontin paid out millions of dollars to resolve charges based on the fact that the company itself was promoting the drug for off-label uses. In fact, it is illegal for a drug manufacturer to engage in such activities.
If you or a loved one has been prescribed Neurontin and experiences serious side effects, contact us today to determine if you may have a personal injury claim.
Neurontin Adverse Side Effects
Adverse side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop, you may wish to contact your doctor immediately.
Common adverse side effects in adults include:
- Blurred, dimmed or double vision
- Decreased coordination (clumsiness, dizziness)
- Continuous, uncontrolled, back and forth or rolling eye movement
- Unusual tiredness or weakness (fatigue, drowsiness)
- Persistent sore throat or fever
- Swelling of hands, ankles or feet
- Mood changes (anger, depression, irritability)
- Memory loss
- Trembling or shaking
- Severe Anxiety
- Joint Pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Potential links to suicidal behavior
Adverse side effects common in children (3 to 12 years old):
- Aggressive behavior or other behavioral problems
- Concentration problems
- Changes in school performance
- False sense of well-being
- Increase in body movements
- Mental depression
- Reacting too quickly, too emotionally, or overreacting
- Rapidly changing moods
- Suspiciousness or distrust
- Thought disorders
Special Warnings About Neurontin
Neurontin causes some people to become drowsy and less alert. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery or participate in any hazardous activity that requires full attention until you are sure that Neurontin does not affect you in this way.
Neurontin has been shown to cause behavioral problems in children. These adverse side effects include aggression, hostility, hyperactivity and lack of concentration.
Be sure to tell your doctor about any medications that your are taking including over-the-counter drugs. Also, tell your doctor if you have any kidney problems or hemodialysis. Your doctor may need to change your dosage of Neurontin.
The effects of Neurontin on pregnant women have not been adequately studied. However, birth effects have occurred in babies whose mothers took an antiepileptic medication during pregnancy. This drug should only be taken during pregnancy if absolutely needed.The law limits the amount of time after a patient incurs an injury to file suit. The amount of time varies based on the theory of liability and the state in which the patient files the suit.
If you or someone you love was prescribed Neurontin and suffered serious side effects, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit. Contact our office today to find out more.