New Warnings for Old Pain Medicines

Pain medicines like ibuprofen will be receiving new, stronger warnings from the Food and Drug Administration due to increased risk for heart attacks and strokes.  This includes over the counter brands like Advil, Motrin, and Aleve.

According to a June 9 article on by Sabrina Tavernise, new data shows an increased risk of heart failure for those who take these drugs, otherwise known as NSAIDS.  While the change is subtle, the FDA is asking manufacturers to update their labels from the current verbiage (“may cause” increased risk), to “cause an increased risk.”  Additional changes include warning consumers that the risk can occur early in treatment and may increase the longer someone is taking the drugs.

“Everyone may be at risk, even people without an underlying risk for cardiovascular disease,”  says Dr. Judy Racoosin, the deputy director of the F.D.A.’s Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia and Addiction Products, in a statement.

An FDA spokesperson says the changes will affect both prescription and over the counter versions of the drug.  They also said in their statement that those with heart conditions should ask their doctor before taking any NSAIDS.

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Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 37 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 36 years. Steve Lipsky on Google Plus[/author_info] [/author]

Dr. Steven Lipsky

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 41 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 40 years. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and did post-graduate training in Family Practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix before going into the full-time practice of Emergency Medicine in 1975. Dr. Lipsky has worked in every type of Emergency Department in Arizona – from inner city and rural, small volume and large, public and private hospitals, teaching and nonteaching hospitals. He has taught at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Division of Clinical Education, as well as in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. He has received the highest number of patient satisfaction letters in his group at multiple facilities and has been recognized at Paradise Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance. A past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (representing over 800 Emergency Physicians in our state) along with many other positions in the organization, Dr. Lipsky was also one of six Councillors representing Arizona to the National Council of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Lipsky built, owned, and was the Medical Director for the first 24hr free-standing Emergicenter and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service in Jamaica. In conjunction with USAID, Cornell Medical Center’s School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of Jamaica, and the U.S. Peace Corps, he participated in a successful program to stem infant mortality in rural areas.

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