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Vioxx Risks Confirmed

Posted by medliorator on October 14, 2008

A long-term analysis of people who took the arthritis drug Vioxx confirms it doubles the risk of strokes and heart attacks, researchers said on Monday, but this risk goes away a year after people stop taking it.

Safety data from this same study in 2004 set off alarms that Vioxx increased the risks of heart attacks and stroke, prompting drug maker Merck & Co Inc to withdraw the popular painkiller from the market.

People who took Vioxx in the study had about the double the risk of having a heart attack or stroke than those who took [placebo]

Bresalier said a number of studies since the initial safety warning on Vioxx suggest other Cox-2 inhibitors, including Pfizer Inc’s Celebrex, or celecoxib, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen, also carry a higher risk of heart trouble.

Long-term study confirms Vioxx heart risks [Reuters]

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