“NSAID Drugs Increase Risk of Heart Attacks”

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have come under increased scrutiny due to the possibility of serious adverse side effects, especially cardiac arrest. It has been said that there is no such thing as a safe medication and that all medications carry a risk of potential harm. NSAIDs include naproxen, ibuprofen, diclofenac, celecoxib, etoricoxib and lumiracoxib.  Previous studies have shown that NSAIDs are related to increased cardiovascular risk which is a concern because they are widely used. The prescription forms tend to be stronger and are used to treat arthritis and other painful conditions.  Prescription non-aspirin NSAID labels first included “Boxed Warning” and “Warnings and Precaution” sections in 2005.  Since that time, the FDA reviewed new safety information on prescription and OTC (over the counter) NSAIDs. The studies estimated that the relative risk increased by 10% to 50%, depending on the drugs and the doses considered. Professor Gunnar H. Gislason, professor of cardiology at Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte, Denmark, said, “Allowing these drugs to be purchased without a prescription, and without any advice or restrictions, sends a message to the public that they must be safe.”

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