A new study suggests that many pain relievers including over-the-counter Advil or Motrin can raise the risk for recurrent heart attacks. These types of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) raised the risk of a reoccurring heart attack by 45% after 1 week use. The risk went up to 55% if using these NSAID’s for 3 months.
Aspirin or Aleve (Naproxen) was not associated with death or a recurrent heart attack in the study, although these drugs can cause gastrointestinal bleeding.
Many times doctors will prescribe pain relievers for people suffering from arthritis or other painful conditions. Other non-drug treatments should be used first before the use of medications, such as physical therapy or heat and ice.
Talk to your doctor about these risk before assuming over the counter drugs are safe.