ARE YOU AWARE THAT THIS COMMON CLASS OF DRUGS KILLS 21,000 PEOPLE PER YEAR?
Almost everyone is surprised about the annual number of deaths that occur due to the Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (like ibuprofen). This number, in light of the increased risk of NSAIDs on the heart that came to light because of the Vioxx trials, is likely much, much higher. Most deaths from this class of drugs are from bleeding ulcers. I’m not even sure we’re counting the cardiovascular deaths.
This particular study illuminates why these numbers may be so high. Researchers looked at patients who were given prescriptions for an NSAID. Of these, 86.6% were at increased GI risk and 72.7% for heart disease. The patients’ individual risk had no bearing on getting the prescription.
Wow. I always find this in stark contrast to the opinion that chiropractic care is “unsafe” or someone doesn’t “believe” in chiropractic care (didn’t know it was a religion…). Instead of a referral to a chiropractor, many PCPs will give a prescription for NSAIDs, unaware of the high risks associated with this class of drugs. Think of this next time you crack open that bottle of ibuprofen for your headache…