Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Any Use of NSAID Drugs After a Heart Attack Increases the Risk
A large Danish Study contradicted the American Heart Association recommendation that NSAIDs such as Motrin, ibuprofen, and Celebrex are safe to use in patients who have had heart attacks. Even a short-term use of these drugs was associated with a 45% increase risk of death and 30 days of treatment increased the risk by 65%. This class of drugs is associated with kidney disease and ulcers as well. Generally speaking they should be avoided if possible. Alternatives include glucosamine, MSM, boswellia, curcumin, and many other natural products. See Family Practice News (click here), June 1, 2011, p. 16.