Not all medications for general and private use can be beneficial for the end patient – in fact, even the most tested and devoid of any visible side effects drugs may surprise over time. So it happened with a fairly common and over-the-counter drug called diclofenac, which is part of the so-called NSAID painkillers. Medical specialists from the University of Aarhus in Denmark today presented a similar report on their study on the side effects of this more than common painkiller and discovered a rather unsightly truth about it.
The fact is that they established a direct correlation factor between the regular use of diclofenac and the increased risk of cardiovascular diseases and heart conditions. In particular, scientists have found that this drug, widely distributed around the world as a pain-relieving drug that does not require a prescription, significantly increases the risk of heart attack in patients over forty years of age.
As the main material of the study, Danish specialists took statistics from 1996 to 2016, which clearly shows the indicators of the use of this drug by people of different groups and ages. They found that the systematic use of this drug, including along with similar ones, significantly increases the risk of heart failure. Approximately the same effect, by the way, has recently been proven in acetaminophen, sold under the brand name Tylenol. Thus, researchers are urging to create a separate prescription for this medicine and make it possible to purchase it only according to the specified recipe.
Moreover, specialists also managed to establish the average time for the development of heart failure – it is approximately 30 days from the start of diclofenac use. It is worth noting that earlier some groups of specialists also issued similar reports in which it was said that side effects may indeed be present – however, only the Danish medical team was able to directly demonstrate the diclofenac harm using statistics as an example.