Risk associated with NSAID use is very small for people aged under 65 years

29 September 2016: A study published in The
BMJ looked at 10 million people and found that taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increased the risk of being taken to hospital with heart failure. Helen Williams, a consultant pharmacist in cardiovascular medicine, appeared on Radio 4’s Today Programme, BBC TV’s Victoria Derbyshire programme and the BBC One O’Clock News and said: “For most people, the risk of using an NSAID like ibuprofen is very small. Those most affected will be in the age group studied, 77 and above; most people under 65 taking ibuprofen for occasional aches and pains don’t need to worry.” Williams also featured in The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, The Daily Express, The Daily Mirror, The Sun and the Daily Record and on 16 BBC regional radio stations.

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The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, November 2016, Vol 297, No 7895;297(7895):DOI:10.1211/PJ.2016.20201814