Painkillers Increase The Risk Of Stroke And Heart Attack
One is best to avoid taking any drugs at all, unless it is absolutely necessary. Look to the alternatives before beginning taking these life-threatening drugs. These drugs are marketed without proper research being done BEFORE they go on sale, as has been proved by the many people who have suffered side effects, including death, from taking these medications.
An article giving the results of recent research, which points to health risk in using popular painkillers, was published in the New Zealand Herald on Friday, January 14, 2011.
The article revealed that several of these commonly used painkillers have already been taken off the shelves: Vioxx caused some deaths from cardiovascular disease. This was proved subsequently, after people were already using the drug. Too late for some people.
Likewise,, Prexige was also withdrawn, because it was found to cause liver toxicity.
116,000 patients took part in the Swiss studies whose results have confirmed that long-term use of some painkillers gives a significant increase in the risk of stoke and heart disease. The results come from 31 ‘randomized, controlled trials in various countries’.
‘British Medical Journal’ published an article by University of Bern researchers. They said:
‘little evidence exists to suggest that any of the investigated drugs are safe in cardiovascular terms. Naproxen seemed less harmful……Cardiovascular risk needs to be taken into account when prescribing any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).”
The seven drugs studied in the Swiss trials are:
Naproxen – often sold under different brand names, including Naproxyn and Naxen.
Ibuprofen – sometimes known as Nurofen, or Brufen.
Diclofenac – or Voltarin, or Cataflan.
Celecoxib, also known as Celebrex.
Etoricoxib, also known as Arcoxia
Rofecoxib, also known as Vioxx. : This was withdrawn from sale in 2004.
Lumiracoxib, also known as Prexige: This was also withdrawn from sale in New Zealand, in 2007. It has since been withdrawn from other countries also.
People with arthritis are often prescribed painkillers such as these. Be aware that you are increasing your risk of heart disease and stroke.