FDA Intensifies Heart Risk Warning For Top Painkillers Like Advil

The Food and Drug Administration has recently released changes in the medications listed as having high-level heart risk. The shocking medications added to the list include over-the-counter painkillers like Motrin and Advil, according to ABC News. These everyday pain relief favorites share the list with some heavy hitting medications for illnesses like arthritis and anti-inflammatory drugs, including Celebrex. The question is, how did the FDA suddenly get the decision that users of Advil, Motrin, and Aleve were at increased heart risk?

Reportedly, new evidence linked everyday painkillers to the increase of heart failure-related deaths. Due to the new-found heart risk in such medications, the FDA released an official document highlighting the new regulations for painkillers and their relationship to heart risk.

“Prescription NSAIDs are an important treatment for the symptoms of many debilitating conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis‎, gout and other rheumatological and painful conditions. OTC NSAIDs are used to temporarily reduce fever and to treat minor aches and pains such as headaches, toothaches, backaches, muscular aches, tendonitis, strains, sprains and menstrual cramps. Common OTC NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve). In addition, some combination medicines that relieve various symptoms, such as multi-symptom cold products, contain NSAIDs.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now requiring drug companies to indicate the heart risk of the painkillers clearly on the label, just as they would allergy-related risks and dosage instructions. There has been concern recently if this new required indication would assist in decreasing the painkiller-related heart failure incidents. However, the FDA has not yet calculated the length of use that causes extreme damage to the heart. FDA deputy director Judy Racoosin, M.D., M.P.H, recently made a statement indicating the uncertainty of the danger.

“There is no period of use shown to be without risk.”

The FDA was able to identify people who would be at greater risk of heart failure when using NSAIDs. Reportedly, people with heart disease or high blood pressure are urged to consult with their doctors before taking over-the-counter painkillers or other NSAIDs. To add to the awareness, deputy director Karen M. Mahoney, M.D. made gave official drug safety instructions.

“As always, consumers must carefully read the Drug Facts label for all nonprescription drugs. Consumers should carefully consider whether the drug is right for them, and use the medicine only as directed. Take the lowest effective dose for the shortest amount of time possible.”

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