Pain Meds Increase Heart Risk—Within a Week
Long-term studies have established a link between common pain relievers and an increased risk for heart attack. Now, a new study suggests the risk may increase within the very first week.
The study involved 446,000 people using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and COX-2 inhibitors (Celebrex), 61,460 of whom had experienced a heart attack. According to researchers, NSAID use is associated with a significantly increased risk of heart attack.
The increased risk started within one week and did not escalate further over time. Higher doses—more than 1,200 mg per day of ibuprofen and 750 mg per day of naproxen—were associated with the highest heart attack risk.
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