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FDA Warning: Advil, Motrin, Aleve and other NSAIDs increase the risk of heart attack and stroke

Media swarms with reports on the dangers

The Food and Drug Administration just added to previous warnings about the significant health risks associated with the over the counter drugs for pain like Advil (ibuprofen), Motrin (ibuprofen), and Aleve (naproxen).

The media has jumped on spreading the word about these dangers:

  • FDA officials now believe that the evidence is “conclusive” that non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) “can increase the chance of heart attack and stroke.”  NBC Nightly News (7/9, story 3, 2:00, Holt)
  • “The risks are present even with short-term use of 10 days or less.”  The CBS Evening News (7/9)
  • Current labels for these over-the-counter drugs indicate they “may cause” an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. However, the FDA believes that “new data from a recent analysis provided stronger evidence of the increased risk of heart failure from such drugs.”  New York Times (7/10)
  • The FDA will “request the manufacturers change the safety labels on the drugs to indicate the drugs cause increased risk of heart failure within the coming months.”  The Wall Street Journal (7/10)
  • New warning will tell people that “the higher risk of stroke or heart attack is evident in the first weeks a patient starts taking such drugs, that the risk appears to escalate at higher doses and with longer use, and that even people with no other cardiovascular risk factors are more likely to suffer heart attack or stroke when taking the medications.”  Los Angeles Times – Science Now (7/10)

Dr. Weiniger’s Observation:  I personally find it ironic that in the past when chiropractors and others in natural healing talked about the dangers of COX2 inhibitors like NSAIDs, the fears were minimized and generally ignored. As the long-term dangers and consequences have now become impossible to ignore, mainstream media is jumping to spread the word…but no mention of those who were ahead of the curve on caution for NSAIDS.

This story was also covered by ABC World News (7/9), AP (7/10), NBC News (7/10), HealthDay (7/10), MedPage Today (7/10), and Medscape (7/10).

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