A Danish research team has created an overview of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), which are most commonly prescribed to treat pain, fevers and inflammation. Their research concluded that common painkillers are far more dangerous than previously believed, especially for the heart. NSAIDs are all over the counter medications, in small doses to treat minor aches, and are prescribed in stronger doses for more severe conditions of muscular and bone related illnesses, such as arthritis. In particular arthritis medications were found to be hazardous for heart patients, as well as older forms of arthritis painkillers.
Risk of NSAIDs
The increased risk of heart damage has caused some newer types of NSAIDs to be taken off of the market. The authors of the study recommend that doctors make more precautions before prescribing NSAIDs, such as assessing the risk of heart complications and bleeding with each patient. Currently, there are only warnings from the CDC for doctors that are prescribing highly addictive narcotic painkillers, while not addressing NSAIDs.
FDAs Stance on NSAIDs
As of last year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed that the risk of NSAIDs to be far more hazardous than previously thought. As a result, the FDA has proceeded in strengthening warning labels to highlight the new warnings even more prominently, rather than pulling them from the market. The FDA also has reported patients who did not have any documented history of heart disease were also subject to an enhanced risk of heart attack and stroke from prescribed NSAIDs and over the counter versions.