Pain Relievers Heart Attack Warning

FDA issues heart attack, stroke warning over pain relievers.

The CBS Evening News reported on July 10, 2015, that the FDA issued a “warning about common pain relievers” like Advil, Motrin and Aleve. Officials claim that the drug, when “taken at least three times a week for more than three months, increased 41 percent” the risk of heart attack and stroke “to 29 million adults.”

Because a number of prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs contain non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, FDA is telling consumers to avoid taking multiple pain relievers with the same active ingredient.

The Hill reports that, “in the coming months,” the FDA “said it will require manufacturers of prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to update their labels with more specific information about heart attack and stroke risks.” The agency will also “request that the manufacturers of over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs update the heart attack and stroke risk information in drug facts labels.”

Those who have cardiovascular disease, particularly those who recently had a heart attack or cardiac bypass surgery, are at the greatest risk.

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