Stroke risk in some COMMONLY used anti-inflammatory drugs

7 November 2011

COMMONLY used anti-inflammatory drugs such as Voltaren almost double the risk of stroke, Australian research has found.

The drugs – commonly prescribed to relieve arthritic pain for older patients – work in a similar way to Vioxx, which was withdrawn from sale in 2004 after being associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack and stroke.

Ibuprofen (Nurofen) was the only anti-inflammatory drug they studied that was not associated with an increased risk of stroke.

News article from The Age in full

The new study, published in The Medical Journal of Australia