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.
Voltaren (diclofenac) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used for reducing inflammation and relieving pain. It is used to treat primarily acute pain, inflammatory disorders, and dysmenorrhea.
Following the news that Vioxx carries a markedly high risk of cardiovascular incidents and heart disease, all other NSAIDs came under scrutiny as well. While Vioxx was pulled from the market, Voltaren and many other NSAIDs continue to be sold and prescribed. However, it may be that Volatern carries as high a risk of heart attack or stroke as Vioxx.
Many doctors say that if a drug has helped a patient without any adverse experiences yet, that he or she should continue taking that drug. On the other hand, this may lead to patients being unaware of the full extent of the risks of their medications. Those especially worried about safety could try pain ointments first, before progressing on to prescription oral medications like NSAID pills.
If you or a loved one has taken Voltaren and experienced serious side effects, contact us today to determine if you may have personal injury claim.