Researchers found that the use of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) - celecoxib, ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, other oral NSAIDs, IV/injection such as ketorolac (Toradol) - in the prior month may have elevated their stroke risk.
- People should use NSAIDs at the lowest dose and for the shortest time necessary to relieve their pain - AHA.
- The AHA recommended that people first try to ease their aches and pains with acetaminophen (Tylenol) -- known to be protective against heart attacks.
NSAIDs other than aspirin may contribute to heart problems or stroke for a few reasons, including effects that may make blood clots more likely to form or may create spikes in blood pressure.
Painkiller use linked to stroke risk
(Reuters Health) - Common painkillers that have been linked to an increased risk of heart attack may also elevate risk of stroke, a new study suggests.