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Pain relievers: Bad for your heart?

January 01, 2013

People with heart disease should avoid prolonged use of certain anti-inflammatory drugs. Naproxen (Aleve) is safest.

The "stomach friendly" prescription pain relievers Vioxx (rofecoxib) and Bextra (valdecoxib) were removed from the market when evidence emerged that they raised the risk of heart attacks. But Vioxx and Bextra left behind a couple of over-the-counter cousins: ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve). The ways these drugs work are quite different, but they are all members of the
family called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

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