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  • The Search for the Killer Painkiller

    02/14/2005 7:03:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 53 replies · 11,153+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 15, 2005 | ANDREW POLLACK
    Despite all the advances of modern medicine, the main drugs used to fight pain today are essentially the same as those used in ancient times. Hippocrates wrote about the pain-soothing effects of willow bark and leaves as early as 400 B.C. Opium was cultivated long before that. Aspirin and morphine, based on the active ingredients in these traditional remedies, were isolated in the 1800's and helped form the foundation of the modern pharmaceutical industry. But scientists are now trying to find new ways of fighting pain. The effort has been given new impetus by the recent withdrawal of Vioxx and...
  • Common Pain Relievers May Dilute Power of Flu Shots

    11/03/2009 9:03:32 AM PST · by decimon · 19 replies · 578+ views
    University of Rochester Medical Center ^ | November 03, 2009 | Unknown
    With flu vaccination season in full swing, research from the University of Rochester Medical Center cautions that use of many common pain killers – Advil, Tylenol, aspirin – at the time of injection may blunt the effect of the shot and have a negative effect on the immune system. Richard P. Phipps, Ph.D., professor of Environmental Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and of Pediatrics, has been studying this issue for years and recently presented his latest findings to an international conference on inflammatory diseases. (http://bioactivelipidsconf.wayne.edu/) “What we’ve been saying all along, and continue to stress, is that it’s probably not a...
  • Study: Painkillers Don't Help Elderly

    05/13/2008 7:37:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 224+ views
    Time ^ | May. 12, 2008 | CARLA K. JOHNSON
    AP (CHICAGO) — Results from a large government experiment are dimming hopes that two common painkillers can prevent Alzheimer's disease or slow mental decline in older people. The arthritis drug Celebrex and the over-the-counter painkiller Aleve showed no benefit on thinking skills, new findings show. Earlier results from the same research showed the two drugs didn't prevent Alzheimer's, at least in the short term. The experiment was halted several years early in 2004 when heart risks turned up in a separate study on Celebrex. Researchers also had noticed more heart attacks and strokes in the people taking Aleve in the...
  • Older painkiller, naproxen, found to be safest, inexpensive

    09/13/2006 8:14:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 70 replies · 1,528+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | September 13, 2006 | LINDA A. JOHNSON
    Studies raise new concern about other medications ASSOCIATED PRESS Worried that your painkiller could trigger a heart attack or dangerous stomach bleeding? New reports on painkiller risks, based on reviews of dozens of studies including hundreds of thousands of patients, indicate most patients should try naproxen, an older anti-inflammatory drug. Experts say it doesn't raise heart attack or stroke risk -- a major worry for older people -- and naproxen is inexpensive because generic versions have been around for years. Available over the counter, it's taken by millions of Americans. The drawback is that like most painkillers, it can irritate...
  • Study Links Painkillers, Hypertension

    08/16/2005 11:37:44 AM PDT · by unspun · 22 replies · 759+ views
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | 8/16/2005 | Jamie Stengle
    Women taking daily amounts of non-aspirin painkillers -- such as extra-strength Tylenol -- should monitor their blood pressure, doctors say following a new study suggesting a link between the drugs and hypertension. "If you're taking these over-the-counter medications at high dosages on a regular basis, make sure that you report it to your doctor and you're checking your blood pressure," said Dr. Christie Ballantyne, a cardiologist at the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center in Houston who had no role in the study. While many popular over-the-counter painkillers have been linked before to high blood pressure, acetaminophen, sold as Tylenol, has generally...
  • NIH Suspends Study of Celebrex, Naproxen

    12/21/2004 3:35:15 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 13 replies · 900+ views
    Times Leader/AP Wire ^ | 12/21/2004 | PAUL RECER
    WASHINGTON - An Alzheimer's disease prevention trial was suspended after researchers said there were more heart attacks and strokes among patients taking naproxen, an over-the-counter pain reliever in use for 28 years and commonly known under the brand name Aleve. The study, involving some 2,500 patients, was to test whether naproxen or Celebrex, both pain relievers, could reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease among healthy elderly patients who were at an increased risk of the disease. Officials at the National Institutes of Health said the study was suspended after three years when it was found that patients taking naproxen had...
  • A Fourth Painkiller Is Linked to Increases in Heart Problems

    12/20/2004 8:12:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies · 3,966+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 21, 2004 | GARDINER HARRIS
    A new study has found that Aleve, a popular over-the-counter painkiller made by Bayer, could increase heart problems, and federal officials are warning patients not to exceed the recommended dose of two 200-milligram pills a day or continue therapy for more than 10 days without consulting a physician. It was the fourth big-selling pain medicine in recent months to be suspected of hurting the heart, and federal drug officials said that similar drugs, like Advil, might also increase heart risks. The study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, was intended to measure whether Aleve and Celebrex, made by Pfizer,...
  • !!!NIH Halts Study on Naproxen!!! (Aleve Ingredient)

    12/20/2004 7:29:28 PM PST · by crushelits · 6 replies · 529+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Tuesday, December 21, 2004 | Rick Weiss
    Another Painkiller Linked to Heart RiskNIH Halts Study On Aleve Ingredient The epidemic of bad news about the potential risks of popular anti-inflammatory medications expanded yesterday as federal officials announced that naproxen, a painkiller sold by prescription and also over the counter as Aleve, might increase people's risk of having a heart attack or stroke. <> The new findings bring to three the number of widely used anti-inflammatory drugs suddenly in the spotlight for their potential health risks. Vioxx was pulled from the market this fall, and its sister drug Celebrex, the blockbuster arthritis drug, was linked to heart attacks...