Ibuprofen Use Linked To Increased Risk Of Heart Attack
(Wealth In Wellness) A new study says that using Ibuprofen, and other similar common painkillers, can increase the risk of heart attack 24% to 58% in the first week of use.
Ibuprofen, sold under brand names including Motrin and Advil, is in a classification of drugs known as NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) that includes diclofenac, celecoxib and naproxen. All are sold over the counter and prescribed to reduce pain, fever and menstrual cramps.
The study, published in the British Medical Journal, analysed data from almost 450,000 people, 61,460 of whom had suffered a heart attack.
Researchers tested the effects of taking five anti inflammatories and painkillers over time – ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen, celecoxib, and rofecoxib.
While the occurrence of heart attacks is low, taking the painkillers increased the occurrence of a heart attack by 24% to 58% compared to those who did not take any.
Using the drug for longer than one month did not increase the risk of a heart attack compared to those who took them for one week.
Research was done with both low and high dosage amounts.