A new study released this week reports that taking over-the-counter painkillers has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack.
CNN reported that the common taking of painkillers such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, celecoxib and naproxen could increase the risk of a heart attack by an average of 20% to 50%.
Many people take this common drugs to relieve the pain of backaches, headaches, and a wide range of minor injuries.
We found that all common NSAIDs shared a heightened risk of heart attack,” said Dr. Michèle Bally, an epidemiologist at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center, who led the research. “There is a perception that naproxen has the lowest cardiovascular risk (among the NSAIDs), but that’s not true.
The drugs were found to increase the risk of a heart attack after being taken for a week. Rofecoxib was found to create the greatest risk.
Generally, the risks increase with higher doses. For example, using naproxen showed a 75% increased likelihood of a heart attack when taking doses with greater than 750 milligrams per day when taken for longer than one week. The most common painkiller using naproxen is Aleve, which contains 220 milligrams of naproxen sodium per tablet.