The research team found that more than 90 percent of all the painkillers assessed were tied to increased risk of heart attack. The health experts also found that the overall risk of heart attack was between 20 to 50 percent higher in NSAID users compared with nonusers. The experts also noted that the risk varied greatly between specific drugs. According to the analysis, patients who took rofecoxib and lumiracoxib were twice as likely to suffer heart attack compared with those who took a placebo.
- The most commonly prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may significantly increase the odds of heart attack within a week or a month if high doses were taken.
- Using ibuprofen and naproxen is associated with a 75 percent higher risk of heart attack, while rofecoxib is tied to more than 100 percent increased odds of the disease.
- The researchers also found that ibuprofen was associated with a threefold increased odds of stroke.
“The research team found that more than 90 percent of all the painkillers assessed were tied to increased risk of heart attack.”