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Researchers discover new side effects of Aspirin and other NSAIDs


Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been linked to the first hospitalization for heart failure in people with type 2 diabetes, according to a recent study.

Aspirin, ibuprofen (commonly known as Advil), and naproxen are the most commonly used NSAIDs (known by the brand name Aleve and Naprosyn).

NSAIDs are the most common form of anti-inflammatory medication.  However, despite their widespread use, these drugs can have side effects.

Although NSAID use has been linked to an increased risk of heart failure, data for patients with type 2 diabetes are lacking.

Because people with type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop heart failure than those without the condition, NSAIDs may be far more dangerous.

The findings suggest that when considering the use of these medications, the potential increased risk of heart failure should be considered.

On the contrary, the data suggest that prescribing short-term NSAIDs for patients under the age of 65 and those with well-controlled diabetes may be safe.