FDA Strengthens Warning Labels on Popular NSAIDs

FDA Strengthens Warning Labels on Popular NSAIDs

Did you know the FDA last month strengthened warnings on many popular NSAIDS including ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve) and others?

From the FDA:

Based on our review and the advisory committees? recommendations, the prescription NSAID labels will be revised to reflect the following information:

? The risk of heart attack or stroke can occur as early as the first weeks of using an NSAID. The risk may increase with longer use of the NSAID.
? The risk appears greater at higher doses.
? It was previously thought that all NSAIDs may have a similar risk. Newer information makes it less clear that the risk for heart attack or stroke is similar for all NSAIDs; however, this newer information is not sufficient for us to determine that the risk of any particular NSAID is definitely higher or lower than that of any other particular NSAID.
? NSAIDs can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke in patients with or without heart disease or risk factors for heart disease. A large number of studies support this finding, with varying estimates of how much the risk is increased, depending on the drugs and the doses studied.
? In general, patients with heart disease or risk factors for it have a greater likelihood of heart attack or stroke following NSAID use than patients without these risk factors because they have a higher risk at baseline.
? Patients treated with NSAIDs following a first heart attack were more likely to die in the first year after the heart attack compared to patients who were not treated with NSAIDs after their first heart attack.
? There is an increased risk of heart failure with NSAID use.

Just because medications are over-the-counter, approved by the FDA and taken in thousands of doses every year in this country, it DOES NOT MAKE THEM SAFE!

The doctors at Sport & Spine Rehab use drug free, safe and effective techniques to decrease your pain, improve your functioning and restore your quality of life.

In Health,
Dr. Riccardo Tersigni, DC

Dr. Agosto is a doctor of chiropractic and the clinic director at Sport and Spine Rehab of McLean. He may be contacted at [email protected]

Sport and Spine Rehab companies provides chiropractic, physical therapy, and rehab services at seven locations in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Services include Graston Technique, Kinesio Taping Method, and Funhab? which is Sport and Spine Rehab?s own trademarked research-based functional rehab protocols.

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