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How Dangerous are NSAID Painkillers?

August 5, 2011 | By: Robert | Comments ( 0 ) | Posted in: Health

Americans are addicted to painkillers. In fact, more than 20 million Americans take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) on a daily basis. But how dangerous are these drugs?

 

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An editorial recently published on PeoplesPharmacy.com explored the potentially fatal effects of NSAID painkillers.

 

The article references studies which suggest that the use of NSAIDs can:

 

  • Increase the likelihood of developing atrial fibrillation (a potentially fatal heart rhythm disturbance)

  • Contribute to heart attacks or stroke in those with high blood pressure or heart disease

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    Additionally, those who take NSAIDs regularly have been shown to be at increased risk of developing stomach ulcers.

     

    Popular over-the-counter NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) and aspirin.

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