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Sunday, August 23, 2015

FDA Says That Taking Advil, Motrin and Aleve is Dangerous -- Increases Risk Warning

FDA Says That Taking Advil, Motrin and Aleve is Dangerous -- Increases Risk Warning
If you have been taking over-the-counter, non-aspirin painkillers such as Advil, Motrin and Aleve, thinking it was safe, think again. These non-aspirin painkillers are more dangerous than you think. Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agrees.

FDA warning

Painkillers like Advil, Motrin and Aleve call into a category known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Although NSAIDs do contain a warning that they may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, new evidence has led the FDA to make the warning even stronger. The new warning will say that "NSAIDs increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke, even when used short term."

Why the change?

The danger of heart attack and stroke comes when taking these drugs in high dosages. The FDA cannot regulate how much consumers take on their own. The same risk applies when these drugs are taken in prescription dosage. So, the FDA is doing their job in protecting consumers as much as possible by making the warning even stronger.

According to the FDA, those at the highest risk include people with high blood pressure or heart disease, particularly those who have recently had a heart attack or cardiac bypass surgery, and people with chronic pain who take NSAIDs regularly and in higher dosages than recommended.

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