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Painkiller use high despite risks – study

John Kerr posted in on February 15th, 2013.

The anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac, sold as Voltaren in New Zealand, has come under fire internationally for being too widely used in place of other equally effective, yet safer options. A study in this week’s PLOS Medicine finds that the painkiller diclofenac (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)) is the most commonly used NSAID in 15 countries […]

Anti-inflammatory drugs and cardiovascular risk

John Kerr posted in on September 28th, 2011.

A review of research has clarified the heart and stroke risks associated with taking anti-inflammatory drugs. Australian and Canadian researchers have analyzed the risk of heart attack and stroke from commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Nurofen and Voltaren, by reviewing a number of studies. Of the drugs investigated, naproxen and low-dose ibuprofen (Nurofen) […]

NZ Herald: Popular painkillers ‘lift stroke, heart risk’

Peter Griffin posted in on January 14th, 2011.

Martin Johnston writes in the New Zealand Herald about a new study which suggests that the long-term use of popular painkillers, including NSAIDs like ibuprofen and diclofenac, increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. It found that ibuprofen use was associated with three times’ higher risk for stroke than placebos (the highest risk), with […]

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