Painkillers Trigger Stroke Risk

This is a warning for those who regularly consume painkillers. Recent research indicates experts in Canada, the consumption of painkillers on a daily basis and in high doses may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by 40 percent.

According to researchers, patients who regularly consume diclofenac (a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory), will have heart problems two-fifths higher. Meanwhile, the use of pain relieving drugs such as ibuprofen have been associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke by 18 percent higher.

Diclofenac is one of the drugs of this type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) with chemical formula 2 – (2,6-dichloranilino) phenylacetic acid. Type of NSAID drugs are commonly used to treat rheumatism, lumbago, gout headaches and flu.

A small study group of researchers from Hull York Medical School and the University of Toronto, Canada, has studied and compared the effects of the use of painkillers on the low and high doses (for a more serious complaints). Investigational drugs that are quite diverse, ranging from the type used in hospitals, prescription drugs, to drug-common painkillers such as ibuprofen and naproxen found.

The results showed, using lower doses of diclofenac (to treat postoperative pain), berkaitkan with 22 percent higher risk of experiencing heart problems. Meanwhile, in larger doses, the possibility of patients affected by heart disease or stroke increased by 98 percent.

On the other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, the use of drugs in accordance with the recommendation does not impact negatively on patients. However, in people taking large doses, can increase heart risk by 78 percent.

“In choosing which one type of existing NSAIDs, patients and physicians should pay attention to the balance between benefit and harm that might be incurred in the use of these drugs,” said one principal investigator, Dr. Patricia McGettigan.

According to McGettigan, naproxen and ibuprofen painkillers are the safest for the heart, as long as it is used in low doses.

Meanwhile, Doireann Maddock, a senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation said the use of painkillers is very risky, especially in people with heart disease.

“It is already known since the old and the new findings should not be overlooked. But scientists and drug experts need to dig deeper before drawing conclusions about the side effects of these drugs,” he said.

He added, “The use of any painkillers sure there are benefits and risks. If you are already taking these medications and worried about the effect, you should consult with your doctor first. Because of the benefits that you can probably far greater than the risk.”

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