Between the period of 1999 and 2003 there were nearly 30,000 excess cases of heart attacks as well as sudden cardiac deaths caused by Vioxx. Even though a scientific research accumulated even before 2000 connecting the drug with increased rate of heart attacks and strokes, Merck and the FDA, drug manufacturers remained silent. Another research published in Lancet that indicated the increased risk of heart attack and heart failure doubles with users of NSAID drugs.
Why so many people take NSAID drugs such as ibuprofen?
Default body states nowadays are pain and unhealthy levels of inflammation. The best solution for people is to adjust the underlying pro-inflammatory conditions through making changes in the diet, reducing stress as well as environmental chemical exposures, but all this takes a lot of time, discipline, energy, and we sometimes want the pain stop immediately. Those compulsive moments make us pop an over-the-counter pill to kill the pain. The main issue with this is that if it happens often, we may worsen our health, or kill ourselves.
Adverse health effects
The most perfect example of this is ibuprofen as it has been connected to increased risk of heart attack as well as increased cardiac and all-cause mortality (in combination with aspirin). It is also linked to: anemia, DNA damage, miscarriage, influenza mortality, hypertension, and hearing loss. Moreover, the entire category of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have this under-recognized dark side associated with their use