View Full Version : Diclofenac: GPs 'Ignore Heart Attack And Stroke Risk' Of Painkiller Used By Millions.

02-19-13, 06:15 AM
Fiona MacRae
February 12, 2013

*Research shows that taking the painkiller diclofenac increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes by 63 per cent
*Scientists are calling for the drug to be banned as safer alternatives available
*UK's drugs watchdog said European safety review of diclofenac is underway
*Patients told not to stop taking pill but do seek advice from GP

Doctors are writing millions of prescriptions a year for a painkiller that is known to raise the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study has warned.

Diclofenac is given by GPs to ease the pain of arthritis, backache, gout and other common conditions.

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02-19-13, 02:19 PM
Diclofenac also goes by brand names such as Voltaren, Cataflam, and is in Arthrotec.
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The fact that it had almost the same risk of heart attack and stroke as Vioxx which has been pulled from the market is scary!