Thursday, August 31, 2006


Vioxx Cousin, Celebrex, Also Found to Cause Heart Attacks

Celebrex is the only COX-2 painkiller still on the market, since the similar drugs Vioxx and Bextra were pulled because of the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Celebrex has been touted not only as a pain reliever but also as a method to prevent colorectal polyps, which can lead to cancer.
A new study did, in fact, find that Celebrex reduced the risk of recurrent polyps, however, a separate analysis found that Celebrex doubled the risk of serious cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and death. This makes it way too risky to be used for polyp prevention, and, in my opinion, too risky to be used at all.
Unfortunately, Celebrex is making a comeback, with sales expected to exceed $2 billion this year, and its maker, Pfizer, resuming consumer advertising for the drug. If you're taking Celebrex for arthritis, I strongly urge you to read my article about the seven ways to protect your heart using anti-inflammatory alternatives for some tips to relieve chronic pain and inflammation.

New England Journal of Medicine August 31, 2006
Circulation August 30, 2006 (Free Full-Text PDF)
USA Today August 30, 2006
USA Today August 30, 2006

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My name is Deborah Garson and i would like to show you my personal experience with Bextra.

I was in agony for 11 days after my doctor prescribed a muscle relaxer for intense lower back pain. A friend gave me sample packs of Bextra and the pain was gone within a half day of taking Bextra.

I hope this information will be useful to others,
Deborah Garson

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