Common OTC Painkillers Raise Risk Of Cardio Problems


http://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-07-2010/common_painkillers_increase_heart_risks_in_healthy_people_.html?cmp=NLC-WBLTR-CTRL-71910-F1-1

…The painkillers are widely used to ease the discomfort of everything from arthritis to headaches and muscle strains. Five such drugs were included in the study: ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox), celecoxib (Celebrex) and rofecoxib (Vioxx), which was taken off the market in 2004 because of heart risks.

“People should be aware that NSAIDs are not risk-free with respect to the cardiovascular system,” says research fellow Emil Loldrup Fosbøl, M.D., the study’s lead author.

In the United States, naproxen and ibuprofen come in both prescription and over-the-counter versions while diclofenac and celecoxib are prescription only….

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