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Arthritis drug risk

Apr 5 2007

ARTHRITIS sufferers who take the painkiller ibuprofen may be increasing their risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to new research.

Scientists in New York compared the cardiovascular health of more than 18,000 people who were aged over 50 and suffered osteoarthritis.

Some were taking a high dose of lumiracoxib, a type of drug known as a cyclooxygenase (COX-2) inhibitor.

Others took either ibuprofen or naproxen, both of which are traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Researchers found that the drugs had no adverse effect on the cardio health of patients considered to be at low risk of heart problems.

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