Pain Relievers Jack Heart Risk

June 20, 2013 7:56 am 2 comments

If pain is bad, then pain relief must be good, right? Not exactly. The correct answer is “maybe, depending on how many and which drugs are used to relieve the pain.” Writing in the New York Timesimages-2, Roni Caryn Rabin reports on a study of detailed case histories of more than 350,000 patients that found that people who take high doses of Nsaids daily increase their cardiovascular risk by as much as a third. The one exception, writes Rabin, is naproxen, which may actually have a protective effect against heart attacks. The study revealed that Diclofenac and COX-2 inhibitors like celecoxib, marketed as Celebrex, account for three heart attacks and strokes a year on average, among 1,000 patients taking high doses regularly. Ibuprofen also looks troubling: taken at  daily doses of 2,400 milligrams, it was shown to significantly raised heart attack risk, possibly doubling it. The Times points out that data about ibuprofen is scant, making it difficult to precisely assess the risk. The safest pain reliever, according to study results, appears to be naproxen, sold as Aleve. Read more in the New York Times.

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  • We had a naproxen pain reliever brand in our country before. It didn’t become popular and had been easily outsold by other international pharmaceuticals. They should be using this information to market pain relievers with naproxen.

    Thanks for that info.

  • What about aspirin? Isn’t it an Nsaid? It has been touted for many years as having positive cardiovascular properties. It can cause stomach bleeding and ulceration, but so can other Nsaids. Recent research has shown that a low dosage aspirin regimen does not provide the positive benefits once believed; it requires a larger dosage.

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