Common painkiller could increase risk of stroke and heart attack by 50%, study finds
An over-the-counter painkiller may increase your risk of heart attack or stroke by 50 percent, a new study has found.
The large-scale study found that diclofenac, also puts patients at higher risks of gastrointestinal bleeding than those on other painkillers.
Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), used to relieve fever or toothache in adults, or severe joint pain in children.
Authors of the new study, published in the British Medical Journal, are now calling for global action to protect patients.
It is time to acknowledge the potential health risk of diclofenac and reduce its use,’ the research team from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark said.
‘Dicofenac should not be available over the counter, and when prescribed should be accompanied by an appropriate front package warning about its potential risks.’