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What Doesn’t Work for Arthritis

What Doesn’t Work for Arthritis

After reading studies and listening to presentations at the FDA, I learned something: If I ever have arthritis pain or any chronic pain, I will NOT use NSAIDs I just sat on a panel for the FDA to discuss a study that compared the safety profiles of 3 NSAIDs: Celebrex…

The Dangers of Taking Too Much Pain Reliever

The Dangers of Taking Too Much Pain Reliever

About 15% of people taking ibuprofen (Advil) or other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) exceed the recommended daily maximum dosage. Researchers asked around 1,300 ibuprofen users to write down their NSAID use daily in a diary for 1 week. After reviewing the journal recordings, researchers were able to calculate the users’…

FDA Strengthening Cardiovascular, Stroke Warnings for Rx NSAIDs

FDA Strengthening Cardiovascular, Stroke Warnings for Rx NSAIDs

The FDA is strengthening an existing warning for NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen) that a risk of heart attack or stroke can occur within weeks of taking the analgesic drugs and can increase the longer the medication is taken, as well as at higher…

Higher Heart Attack Risk With NSAIDs May Come Early

Higher Heart Attack Risk With NSAIDs May Come Early

While common OTC (over-the-counter) pain medications are known to carry a risk of heart attack, a new study finds that the risk can arise in as little as a week after starting the drugs. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen), boosted the risk of a…

Should Common OTC Painkillers Require a Prescription?

Should Common OTC Painkillers Require a Prescription?

Common over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers such as Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen) should only be available with a prescription due to the risk of severe side effects associated with them, researchers argue. The medications, part of a group of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are associated with serious cardiovascular risks….

Combining NSAIDs With Another Drug Could Reduce CV Side Effects

Combining NSAIDs With Another Drug Could Reduce CV Side Effects

Taking an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) along with another medication may help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular side effects associated with NSAIDs. NSAIDs are common over-the-counter pain medications such as aspirin, Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen). Researchers analyzed the medical records of over 1.6 million people in the Veterans…

Common Pain Meds Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Failure Hospitalization

Common Pain Meds Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Failure Hospitalization

People who regularly use common NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen may be at an increased risk of heart failure requiring hospitalization. The results of the new study are not entirely surprising given that previous research has found a correlation between NSAIDs and heart failure. In the new study,…

The Lowdown on NSAIDs for Pain

The Lowdown on NSAIDs for Pain

Headache. Aching or injured back. Sore muscles or joints after overdoing it on the tennis or basketball court or golf course. Or even a long day in the garden. These aches and pains are among the reasons that every day, nearly 1 in 5 Americans (17%) turn to a group…

NSAID Side Effects Lead to Stronger FDA Warnings

NSAID Side Effects Lead to Stronger FDA Warnings

When I applied for long-term care insurance, I didn’t think I needed to be worried about the over-the-counter (OTC) drugs I had taken for 40 years. Boy, was I wrong. Part of the application process was an interview by a nurse from the insurance company. She asked me a lot…

FDA warns of heart risk for many common pain relievers

FDA warns of heart risk for many common pain relievers

The FDA is calling on drug makers of some popular painkillers to strengthen their warning labels after a review of new safety information. The warning labels on non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, known as NSAIDs, must be udpated to identify an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke. Via CNN….

FDA has reviewed possible risks of pain medicine use during pregnancy

FDA has reviewed possible risks of pain medicine use during pregnancy

The Federal and Drug Administration (FDA) examined studies on the potential risks associated with the following types of pain medicines used during pregnancy: Prescription NSAIDs, Opioids and Acetaminophen. The studies were too limited to make any recommendations, but the FDA urges pregnant women to always discuss all medicines with their…

Certain Painkillers Tied to Raised Risk of Death After Stroke

In a large study from Denmark — based on more than 100,000 people hospitalized for a first stroke between 2004 and 2012 — investigators wanted to see if the painkillers affected recovery from a stroke. The researchers found that use of Celebrex prior to hospitalization for ischemic stroke was associated…

A Guide to Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs

A Guide to Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs

A comprehensive guide to rheumatoid arthritis drugs Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that causes fluid to build up in the small joints of the hands, wrists, elbows, ankles, feet and knees. Over time, the inflammation from this excess fluid destroys cartilage and bone, which causes joints to become…

Study: NSAID-related GI bleeding risk increases with combo therapy

Study: NSAID-related GI bleeding risk increases with combo therapy

Data published in Gastroenterology shows that the already-high risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding associated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is increased significantly when taken in combination with steroids diuretics or anticoagulants. In a case-controlled study of 114,835 patients with upper GI bleeding, researchers determined that non-selective NSAIDs, such as Advil,…

Australian Study Finds Doctors Ignore NSAID Recommendations

Australian Study Finds Doctors Ignore NSAID Recommendations

Researchers at the University of Sydney found that doctors prescribed NSAIDS for too long a period and without precautions taken against the development of side effects. The study, reported by Australia’s Rheumatology Update found that for men aged 70 and older, “mean duration of treatment was five years, although Australian and…

Side Effects of 5 Drugs Seniors Commonly Take

Side Effects of 5 Drugs Seniors Commonly Take

When Beverly Wilkerson, 58, Sherman Oaks, CA, woke up with a pounding headache and jaw pain last summer, she popped two Aleve. (The recommended dosage is one at a time.) She forgot to take water and food with the pills. Later on, she took two more, again forgetting the water…

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