15 Sep New Warning for Over-the-Counter Painkillers
If you’re one of the more than 29 million Americans who regularly use painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen — including over-the-counter brands like Advil, Motrin and Aleve — the government has new words of warning for you: Using these drugs increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Studies reviewed by a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel last year found mounting evidence that NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure whether or not a person has heart disease. Those with a history of heart problems are at the highest risk. “No matter who you are, your risk increases,” said Bruce Lambert, director of the Center for Communication and Health at Northwestern University, who specializes in drug-safety communication.
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