posted on Dec, 22 2004 @ 12:24 PM
Another painkiller, Naproxen, is the fouth painkiller in three months to be recognized as a major contributing factor to causing significant heart
problems. Apparently, taking 440 milligrams of Naproxen daily causes an increased risk of heart problems. The U.S. National Institute of Health halted
its tests on Naproxen after learning of the pill's harmful effects. Vioxx and Celebrex were two other pills that were also recently taken off the
market for their increased risk of cardiovascular problems
Arthritis sufferers were hit with one more dose of bad news Tuesday when the popular painkiller naproxen was linked to an increased risk of heart
In this case, the compound is not a new, blockbuster medication, but has been prescribed for three decades, suggesting that even the old pain-relief
standby could pose serious health risks.
Naproxen, prescribed under 27 brand and generic names and commonly known as Naprosyn, Naprox and Anaprox, is the fourth painkiller in the past three
months to be suspected of hurting the heart.
Naproxen is sold under several brand names, including Aleve. Bayer AG, the company that makes Aleve, said that it agrees with the FDA warning. (AP
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It comes as no surprise to me that these events are taking place, a direct reflection on the health care industry and pharmaceutical companies. A
recent poll was even taken on prescription drugs. The results stated that a significant amount of Americans trust the safety of prescription drugs. I
believe that Americans want to believe that the health care industry and pharmaceutical companies are doing a great job creating new drugs that are
safe for them to use in countering an overwhelming number of diseases and ailments that occur in America alone even though many of these drugs have
numerous painful side effects that make taking them worse than just living with the ailment itself. I believe that people should always be skeptic
about new drugs that appear on the market and they should not be so quick to trust any of these drugs. At the same time, I feel that people should
attempt to become more knowledgable about health and start taking more initiative in protecting their health. I feel as if many of the health problems
in America could be avoided if more people were health conscious. Nowadays, being health conscious is a matter of life and death.
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[edit on 22-12-2004 by Banshee]