Show 1005: Balancing Benefit & Risk for Pain Relief

Millions of people rely on popular painkillers, such as celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam, naproxen and other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). The fact that some of these drugs are available without prescription in products such as Advil Aleve or Motrin IB gives many of us the impression that they have be safe.

Balancing Benefits and Risks of Painkillers:

This summer, the FDA strengthened its warning that using NSAIDs may increase the chance of having a heart attack or stroke. The risk begins to increase in the first weeks of use and continues to increase over time a person takes a drug of this type. Higher doses also appear to be more risky.

These drugs are a mainstay of treatment for painful conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, gout, plantar fasciitis and tendonitis, not to mention back pain. What alternatives do people have to relieve your pain?

problems balance of benefit and risk of pain medications are discussed and answer your questions pharmacologist and journalist David Kroll health.

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David Kroll, PhD, is a pharmacologist and medical writer in the Research Triangle Park area of ​​North Carolina. He has taught at the University of Colorado, Duke University and the Central University of North Carolina. He now works to educate the public on drug issues through their blogs . The picture is Dr. Kroll

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