The British Medical Journal states seven non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that can be more dangerous than helpful.
They are; diclofenac, nimesulide ibuprofen, ketorolac, naproxen, piroxicam, and indomethacin including COX-2 inhibitors – etoricoxib and rofecoxib.
A recent study of about 10 million NSAID users with an average age of 77, compared those who had taken NSAID in the time past with does who hadn’t and discovered that the former were at risk of a heart failure. It placed the risk factor at 19%
The study was conducted by a team of researchers from Milano-Bicocca University in Italy. Their report states:
“Even a small increase in cardiovascular risk is a concern for public health”. The fact they can be bought in supermarkets “further fuels the common misconception that NSAIDs are harmless drugs that are safe for everyone”.
Peter Weissberg, professor and medical director at the British Heart Foundation, advised doctors: “This study serves as a reminder to doctors to consider carefully how they prescribe NSAIDs, and to patients that they should only take the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time”.