New research links Ibuprofen and diclofenac to heart disease

June 3, 2013

Two common painkillers used worldwide, ibuprofen and diclofenac (die-clO-fenac), can increase the risk of heart disease if taken in high doses, according to new research published in the British medical journal, the Lancet.

Dr. Jeffrey Alexis is a cardiologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Western New York.

He says the biggest impact of this study is likely to be more conversation about risk factors between doctors and patients before prescribing.

But, Alexis says it’s unlikely these drugs will meet the same fate as discredited painkiller Vioxx, which was removed from the market in 2004 when it was linked to heart attacks and strokes.

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