NSAIDs ibuprofen and naproxen, sold over the counter as Motrin, Advil and Aleve were in the news again for their role in causing heart attacks and strokes.
Though several years have passed, it is still a timely warning! Lots of us pop pain-relievers like ibuprofen as needed, thinking they’re harmless — but that’s really not the case according to the FDA.
“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.
Then in July 2015, the FDA took the unusual step of further strengthening this warning.
This was done on the advice of an expert panel that reviewed additional information about NSAIDs and their risks. Because NSAIDs are widely used, it’s important to be aware of downsides of taking an NSAID and to take steps to limit the risk.” (source)…