I don’t know if anyone was ever under any doubt that Vioxx was not just a painkiller but a killer, but if it makes you feel any better, yet another study by Dr. Robert Bresalier, a professor of medicine at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, has found that arthritis patients who took the drug, their risk of heart attacks and strokes increase close to twofold and the risk lasted for about a year.
“The good news is that, after a year, the risk seemed to go back down toward normal,” Dr. Bresalier said.
What is even more important to know that the whole class of NSAID is equally dangerous and that includes banned drug Bextra and still available Celebrex. Then your typical over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) are quite dangerous as well.