Published On: Sat, Mar 19th, 2016

Pain-killers can put you at health risk


It is prescribed so many times to use Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for a range of painful situations but exploding these pain-killers perhaps put you at the danger of ulcers, elevated blood pressure and heart issues, advises a new research study.

Morten Schmidt from Denmark’s Aarhus University, who was in-charge of the research study, stated that “It’s been well known for a number of years that newer types of NSAIDs — what are known as COX-2 inhibitors — increase the risk of heart attacks,”

Schmidt further stated that “For this reason, a number of these newer types of NSAIDs have been taken off the market again. We can now see that some of the older NSAID types, particularly Diclofenac, are also associated with an increased risk of heart attack and apparently to the same extent as several of the types that were taken off the market,”

The research study, cited in the European Heart Journal, highlighted that arthritis medicine is mainly hazardous for heart patients, and as well that older kinds of arthritis medicine, which have not formerly been in spotlight, moreover emerge to be risky for the heart.

Schmidt further continued that “This is worrying, because these older types of medicine are frequently used throughout the western world and in many countries available without prescription,”

The research study was accomplished in teamwork amid 14 European universities and hospitals. The researchers collected all research on the utilization of NSAIDs in patients with heart disease.

Christian Torp-Pedersen, who is professor from Aalborg University, told that  “When doctors issue prescriptions for NSAIDs, they must in each individual case carry out a thorough assessment of the risk of heart complications and bleeding,”

The professor further added that “NSAIDs should only be sold over the counter when it comes with an adequate warning about the associated cardiovascular risks. In general, NSAIDs are not be used in patients who have or are at high-risk of cardiovascular diseases,”

NSAIDs are not antibiotics and consequently do not assist to combat infections rooted by bacteria.

These drugs are mainly employed in the healing of disorders linked to the muscular and bone system, where they work against swelling, pain and limitations in progress linked with inflammation.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.