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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dangers of Common Painkillers

Well this is disturbing - Most of us seniors take over the counter pain meds. Just received this e-mail from AARP - Charles

There's mounting evidence that regular use is risky for older people

Most of us don't think twice about taking a nonprescription pain reliever to ease a headache or soreness that might follow a game of tennis, but there is growing evidence that commonly used painkillers such as Advil can trigger heart attacks or strokes in some people.

Two new studies show that ibuprofen, Naproxen and Celebrex raise the risk of dangerous heart fibrillation in older patients.

These nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a diverse group that also includes Motrin and prescription varieties like Celebrex and Voltaren, have been used for decades.

Read full article at AARP
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