Over The Counter Pain Killer Linked With Higher Risk Of Stroke And Heart Attack

September 6, 2018

An alarming report about an over-the-counter pain reliever that may increase your risk of heart attack or stroke by 50% has one group looking for a worldwide ban.  Diclofenac, sold under the name brands Voltaren and Solaraze, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve fever or toothache in adults, or severe joint pain in children. The study reviewed 6.3 million adults and found that diclofenac was overwhelmingly associated with an increased rate of major heart problems and complications such as irregular heart beat, ischemic stroke, heart failure, and heart attack within 30 days of starting treatment, compared with others NSAIDS such as ibuprofen, naproxen or paracetamol. This increased risk affected men and women of all ages alike. Even patients on a low doses of had an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Teh UK banned the slae of it iover teh counter adn the group is looking to have teh medication released on a prescription-base only.  If you currently take this medication, contact yuor doctor immediatly to discuss it's effects and if you shoudl continue using it. 

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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