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“Common drugs (NSAID) increase Heart Attacks and Strokes”

There is a saying that “all medicines contain a little poison.”  That should be updated to say, “Many medicines contain significant amounts of poison and some medicines contain lots of poison.”  Even drugs which have been around for decades and taken by millions annually can cause serious adverse effects.  For example, the group of antioxidants known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are being increasingly scrutinized as a cause of heart attacks and strokes.  Coincidentally, I have seen this same pattern of increased heart disease and stroke with the antioxidant vitamins A and E.  NSAIDs include naproxen, ibuprofen, diclofenac, celecoxib, etoricoxib, rofecoxib (Vioxx), and lumiracoxib.  Rofecoxib and lumiracoxib were associated with twice the risk of heart attack, while ibuprofen was associated with more than three times the risk of stroke.

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