Sunday, November 10, 2013
Use of common over-the-counter painkillers such as Motrin & Advil increase the risk of heart attack and gastrointestinal bleeding, according to a new study published this summer in “The Lancet" medical journal.
The Lance article found that for every 1,000 patients with the average risk of heart disease who take high-dose of ibuprofen or diclofenac (such as Cambia) for a year, about three extra will have an avoidable heart attack, one of which will be fatal.
Earlier studies found that these same drugs increase the risk of kidney problems, especially when taken in conjunction with blood pressure medications.
With billions of these over-the-counter drugs taken every year in the U.S., this problem is significant says Charles Ripp, MD, an anesthesiologist at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. “This is a big deal. Everyone should talk to their doctor about this, even if they don’t think they are at risk.” Ripp says. “Studies show that 40,000 people go into renal failure annually due to anti-inflammatory medications.”
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