Trying times for painkiller choices

Published: January, 2007

Vioxx, Bextra, and Celebrex can increase the risk for heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. So can the old standbys, like ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

The ruckus over the safety of three blockbuster painkillers "" Vioxx, Celebrex, and Bextra "" is shining the spotlight on how drugs are tested and marketed. Just as important, it is exposing our all-too-comfortable relationship with painkillers.

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