ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE CHANCES OF DEATH
"The risk [of death from using anti-inflammatory meds] increases almost twentyfold for those over 75." From the UK's premier journal on "Evidence-Based Medicine", Bandolier. The article was called, "NSAIDs and Adverse Effects".
"An estimated 10-20% of NSAID patients experience DYSPEPSIA, and NSAID-associated upper gastrointestinal adverse events are estimated to result in 103,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths per year in the United States, and represent 43% of drug-related emergency visits. Many of these events are avoidable; a review of physician visits and prescriptions estimated that unnecessary prescriptions for NSAIDs were written in 42% of visits." From a December 2011 article (How Serious are NSAIDs Side Effects?) on the Painkiller Awareness website. This article was quoting from a study published in the June 2006 issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
Most people are aware of some of the dangers associated with CORTICOSTEROIDS. But despite the fact that there are hundreds of studies showing how dangerous --- and even deadly --- NSAIDs are, this fact seems to go over the heads of the majority of our population. The truth is, before Vioxx was taken off the market almost a decade ago, NSAIDS were a "Top 20" leading cause of death in the US (I have seen both 17th and 13th kicked around). When I first saw these statistics, I remember thinking how crazy it was that so many Americans who were terrified of CHIROPRACTORS were completely unfazed by taking copious amounts of Anti-Inflammatory medications. Why was the cause of death for these people taking anti-inflammatory drugs? Along with the GI Bleeds (bleeding ulcers), Cardiovascular problems led the list. Exactly how bad is this problem today? Frankly, it is out of control. Case in point, two studies published back in 2011.
The May 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Hearth Association followed up by looking at over 83,000 patients. What did their study have to say on the matter? "Overall, NSAID treatment was significantly associated with an increased risk of death / recurrent MI [Myocardial Infarction ---- Heart Attack]. Despite the fact that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are contraindicated among patients with established cardiovascular disease, many receive NSAID treatment anyway...... Even short-term treatment with most NSAIDs was associated with increased risk of death and recurrent MI in patients with prior MI. Neither short- nor long-term treatment with NSAIDs is advised in this population, and any NSAID use should be limited from a cardiovascular safety point of view."
Probably the single biggest reason that people take Anti-Inflammatory medications is for DEGENERATIVE ARTHRITIS. Instead of taking the meds, why don't you take a look at THIS POST on my "Top Ten" ways for dealing with Arthritis Pain naturally. Believe me when I tell you; your heart will thank you for it.