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Jonathan Cluett, M.D.

All NSAIDs Raise Cardiovascular Risk

By July 22, 2013

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Recent research published in the British Medical Journal demonstrate increased risk of cardiovascular events with all anti-inflammatory medications.  Previously associated with prescription medications such as Vioxx, this research shows that anyone taking any anti-inflammatory medications should be aware of potential side-effects.

Anti-inflammatory medications are commonly used to treat conditions such as tendonitis, bursitis, and arthritis.  The medications include Ibuprofen, Naprosyn, and others.  The study found that different medications had different risk profiles, but there was elevated risk of heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular events with any of the anti-inflammatory medications.

Bottom Line: Patients should use any medication with caution, even over-the-counter drugs.  People taking NSAIDs should be particularly aware of risks of cardiovascular events, especially when taking these drugs for longer time periods.

Sources: "Cardiovascular safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: network meta-analysis"

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