Friday, November 16, 2018

Common Painkiller Linked To Increased Risk Of Major Heart Problems – Dr. Rath Health Foundation

NEWS

A study published in the British Medical Journal has found that the commonly used painkiller diclofenac, a so-called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), is associated with an increased risk of major cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke.

COMMENT

The heart risks of NSAIDs and related painkillers are already well-known. For example, Merck’s Vioxx drug, a so-called COX-2 inhibitor, was withdrawn in 2004 after it was found to increase the risk of serious cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks and strokes. At one time Merck’s second-highest selling drug, it is estimated that Vioxx may have caused around 140,000 heart attacks and 60,000 deaths in the United States alone. Further demonstrating the dangers of NSAIDs, research published in 2017 suggests that taking ibuprofen for as a little as one week is linked to an increased risk of having a heart attack.

Even painkillers such as aspirin are not nearly as safe as they are claimed to be. Often misleadingly referred to as a ‘miracle drug’, aspirin is known to be linked to a higher risk of skin cancer. Recent research also shows that patients taking aspirin have a far higher risk of major bleeding episodes and death than originally thought.

To read more, see original article from source: Common Painkiller Linked To Increased Risk Of Major Heart Problems – Dr. Rath Health Foundation

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