View Full Version : Avoid This Painkiller That Increases Heart Risk, Researchers Warn

09-20-18, 07:15 AM
Bryan Hubbard
September 17 2018

There are plenty of painkillers you can buy in the pharmacy—so make sure it's not diclofenac, marketed as Cataflam and Voltaren. The drug increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke, researchers have discovered this week.

Diclofenac is widely used to treat pain and inflammation, and people can buy it without a prescription—but it dramatically increases the risk of a 'major heart event' within 30 days of starting the drug. Reactions have included a sudden irregular heart beat or flutter, stroke, heart failure and heart attack.

The risks were compared to other NSAID (non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug) painkillers, such as ibuprofen, naproxen and paracetamol. More severe reactions—including fatal heart attacks—were also more common when compared against people who weren't taking any painkillers.

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Mr. Wizard
09-20-18, 08:36 PM
Of special note to me, the average age of the people in the study was 46 - 49 yrs. old. If diclofenac caused a "major heart event" in people this young, imagine the results for an old geezer like me. Lol.

09-21-18, 07:50 AM
I've never seen these brands anywhere... not that I've been looking for pain relief...

09-21-18, 11:10 AM
Widely advertised in Australia as Voltaren. Never used it, but I'm very familiar with the name - it also comes in a rub-on cream. Wonder if the cream has the same effects?