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Authors

  1. Aschenbrenner, Diane S. MA, RN

Abstract

* All prescription nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) increase the risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events and possible death.

 

* Cardiovascular risk exists for all patients taking NSAIDS, but complications are more likely in those with cardiac risk factors.

 

* Although some research indicates a higher risk from using NSAIDs for a longer period of time, some observational studies showed that risk might increase after just several days of use.

 

* The labeling of over-the-counter NSAIDs will also be revised to reflect the Food and Drug Administration's conclusions.