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FDA strengthens warning that NSAIDs increase heart attack and stroke risk

Posted July 13, 2015, 4:16 pm Gregory Curfman, M.D., Editor in Chief, Harvard Health Publications Back in 2005, the FDA warned that taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen increased the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Last week it took the unusual step of further strengthening this warning. This was done on the advice of an expert panel that reviewed new information about NSAIDs and their risks. Because NSAIDs…

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