Jan 17, 2005 18:20 PST
23 Dec 2004
What's a person stuck living in chronic pain to do? All the best anti-inflammatory drugs including some found over the counter, have now also been found to cause heart attacks and possibly strokes.
First it was Vioxx, a well regarded and highly effective anti-inflammatory drug that could effectively chase pain away after extended periods of use. Next it was Celebrex, and then Bextra, both also well regarded anti-inflammatory drugs mainly prescribed to arthritis patients who suffer from chronic pain.
All three drugs are known as “COX-2 Inhibitors,” meaning they inhibit the production of the Cyclooxygenase-2 enzyme which has been consistently found dwelling in areas of inflammation within the body.