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Safety Study on Arthritis Drug Celebrex Surprises Heart Doctors

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If you struggle with arthritis pain, chances are you’ve tried a variety of anti-inflammatory medications for pain relief. While drugs falling into the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory category (NSAIDs) can help, they often come with gastrointestinal side effects. A major 10-year study has shown that Celebrex (generic name, Celecoxib) may not have the same side effects of similar drugs.

More than 24,000 heart patients and people at increased risk for cardiovascular disease were compared. Patients were given Celebrex, or either naproxen sodium (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil). The study found Celebrex, which has been on the market for 17 years, was no more dangerous to the heart than either of the two NSAIDs, which have been on the market for decades. This should come as a relief to thousands of patients who have an increased risk of stroke or heart attack. The study also found that Celebrex was safer when it comes to gastrointestinal problems.

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