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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Can You Get Rid Of The Pain Without Hurting Yourself ?


The FDA  recently announced that most non steroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers (NSAIDs) will need to carry a stronger warning on their labels about the increased risk of heart attacks, heart failure and strokes. These drugs include ibuprofen and naproxen. Aspirin and acetaminophen are not included.

It has been known for some time that the NSAIDs create increased risks of these problems especially when taken at higher doses or long term. People with pre-existing cardiovascular disease are at even higher risk.

The small print on their labels has been outlining this risk, but the new warning will not only be stronger but will also state that the risk can increase as early as during the first weeks of NSAID use. If there is any question in your mind about the advisability of taking NSAIDs please discuss the risk benefit issue with your physician.