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Diclofenac Causes as Many Heart Attacks as Vioxx

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  • A new study shows anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac is as dangerous as Vioxx, raising your risk for heart attack or stroke by 40 percent
  • Diclofenac is one of the older nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), dating back to the 1970s; although not popular in the U.S., it is the most widely prescribed painkiller worldwide
  • Diclofenac and other NSAIDs increase your risk for cardiovascular issues by inhibiting enzymes that dilate your blood vessels and assist blood flow; recent evidence also suggests they may also cause hardening of your arteries
  • Suggestions are given about how you can reduce inflammation naturally, without drugs; diet and lifestyle changes and several anti-inflammatory herbs can be very effective in relieving pain and inflammation

By Dr. Mercola

A brand new meta-analysis reveals that the world's most popular painkiller is as dangerous as ill-fated Vioxx. Vioxx (refecoxib) was pulled from the American market in 2004 — but not until 60,000 people had lost their lives from heart attacks and strokes as a deadly side effect of the drug.

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