NEW SAFETY WARNINGS ABOUT NSAIDs (ADVIL, ALEVE, etc.) FROM THE FDA
It has been known for years that both OTC and prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can increase the risk of heart disease and strokes. (Are any of my readers old enough to remember VIOXX?) The FDA has had warnings on the medication boxes since 2005 but has recently strengthened the wording.
The updated warnings are as follows:
1. A heart attack or stroke can occur as early as the first few weeks of use
2. Not enough information is available at this time whether the risk is the same for all medications in this class. Aleve has always been thought of as the least offensive to the heart
3. Even those people without risk factors for heart disease have an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke
4. If you have already had a heart attack or stroke, your risk is even greater.
5. Heart patients who take NSAIDs are more likely to die within one year when compare to those not taking these medications.
6. There is also an increased risk of congestive heart failure.
Please remember that NSAIDs may also cause kidney failure and internal bleeding stomach ulcers.
When possible, try to use Tylenol (even though the safety of Tylenol is currently being questioned)