Harvard Heart Letter

Advice on using painkillers safely

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), commonly taken to relieve muscle aches and pains, raise the risk of heart attack by raising blood pressure, interfering with blood pressure-lowering medications, and increasing blood clot formation. Harvard doctors advise people with heart disease who need painkillers to start with the lowest dose of the least risky NSAID (naproxen) for the shortest period of time needed to obtain relief.
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