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

    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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    Default Re: Diclofenac: GPs 'Ignore Heart Attack And Stroke Risk' Of Painkiller Used By Milli

    Diclofenac also goes by brand names such as Voltaren, Cataflam, and is in Arthrotec.
    More information at:
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/d...s/a689002.html

    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!
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