Higher Doses of NSAIDs May Bring on Heart Attacks

Almost two years after the Vioxx debacle, increased heart health risks are being blamed on taking high doses of ibuprofen and diclofenac (Voltaren or Cataflam), both nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

In fact, the risk of a heart attack or stroke was far greater among patients taking high doses of diclofenac (75 mg twice each day) and ibuprofen (800 mg three times a day) than those taking a COX-2 inhibitor.

Unfortunately, Oxford University researchers played down their results, claiming the overall health risks to the average patient who's never had a heart condition were small. Small, perhaps, until they happen to you or a loved one...

Why take a risk to relieve your pain with a potentially deadly drug at all, when you can make a more informed choice with any of my seven safe alternatives.

British Medical Journal Vol. 332, No. 7533, June 3, 2006: 1302-1308 Free Full Text Article

BBC News June 2, 2006

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