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Side effects of common painkillers in the news again

Side effects of common painkillers in the news again

Side effects of painkillers in the news again

Treating your arthritis with common painkillers?

A new study comparing three popular arthritis drugs shows they're all about equally safe—and equally dangerous for the heart, NBC News finds.

Ibuprofen, naproxen and the prescription drug celecoxib all can cause heart problems, says a new study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine and at a meeting of the American Heart Association.

The study was a long-term, head-to-head comparison of celecoxib, ibuprofen and naproxen in 24,000 volunteers with arthritis for almost three years.

Dangers to the stomach as well

Besides the heart, the study found the three drugs caused gastric bleeding, Dr. Steve Nissen said. “We gave everybody a drug to protect the stomach and [bleeding] happened anyway,” Nissen told NBC.

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