Aleve Heart Attack and Stoke


On Dec-20-04 the FDA issued a warning against naproxen (sold as Aleve, Anaprox and Naprosyn) after the National Institute of Health haulted a clinical trial which found that patients taking 2 tablets a day for 3 years developed a 50% higher risk of heart attack and stroke.

Aleve heart attackOf the 2,500 patients in the study, about 70 suffered stroke or heart attack, and 23 died. The trial studied patients in their 70s with no previous history of cardivascular problems. This is the first time such concerns have been raised about naproxen.

The FDA now recommends that Aleve not be taken for more than 10 days. Aleve is an over-the-counter medication, and not a prescription drug. Officials urge users to follow label directions carefully.

Doctors note that these medications were initially conceived for short term pain relief, and were not intended for long-term use with higher doses. The effects of long-term use had not been previously scrutinized. Aleve is manufactured by Bayer.

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Reader Comments

Posted by
David Frank
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I am 32 years old and I was just diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. The doctor asked me if I was taking any medications. When I told him that I take Aleve for chronic back pain, he told me to immediately discontinue taking it. For the past 11 years, I have worked in a warehouse and have taken Aleve on and off because of chronic back pain. I am convinced that my ulcerative colitis is caused by Aleve. Anyone else?

Posted by
sharon wurst
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I took Aleve for several years. I have stage lv renal disease. My kidneys only have 25% function. My kidney doctor asked me what over the counter pain pills I might have taken, saying four different brands one of which was Aleve, which was the one I had taken. He then informed me that Aleve was the cause of my renal disease. Do I have an issue to litigate.

Posted by
Virginia
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I was taking 1 Aleve a day for 1 year. I had chest pain went to ER ended up at UVA. They found nothing wrong with my heart, no blockage. Now in a study: Why the healthy heart has a heart attack. Dr. will not come right out and say it was Aleve, but it is some thing they think may have caused it.

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