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March 17th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Most of us occasionally take NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen. A recent study points out that some of these are safer to use than others.
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Of course acetaminophen (Tylenol) has even larger risks (it is reportedly the leading cause of liver transplants)

Over use of NSAIDs can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. From the table above, naproxen (Aleve) seems to be the safest (possibly even reducing risk), while ibuprofen (Advil) and celecoxib (Celebrex) are not bad. One of the worst one seems to be rofecoxib (Vioxx), which has been removed from the market, and even worse is diclofenac, reportedly the most commonly prescribed NSAID in the world, sold under about 100 trade names, though it’s not common in the US. From the table above it shows up to 100% increased risk of cardiovascular events.

Read here for a more detailed analysis and links to the original papers.

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  • 1 Don // Mar 18, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I use ibuprofen almost exclusively when I need something.

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