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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Commonly used painkiller 'should be banned over heart risk'

A painkiller used by at least a million people in Britain a year should be banned because it raises the risk of heart attack and stroke by almost half, say British academics.

Safer alternatives exist to diclofenac, say researchers at the Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, who want it banned worldwide.
Diclofenac, like ibuprofen, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or ‘NSAID’. It is often prescribed after surgery and to combat arthritic pain, when ibuprofen is not strong enough.
It can also be purchased over the counter at a pharmacy without a prescription, for example in the branded form of Voltarol Pain-eze tablets.
But two years ago the Barts researchers found that it was linked with a 40 per cent increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
That analysis crystallised the fears of many doctors, who have raised concerns about the drug for years.
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Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, thanks for highlighting this. I know a friend who has used this, I will be passing this on to her.


Anonymous said...

You would think Voltarol quite safe a lot of money is spent on advertising it. Worrying and certainly will not be in my medicine cabinet.