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MedicalConspiracies- NSAIDs kill 16,500 Americans each year, damage intestines of 70 percent of patients

NSAIDs kill 16,500 Americans each year, damage intestines of 70 percent
of patients

Tuesday, January 04, 2005
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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Here's more drug safety research coming from Dr. David Graham. It shows
that over-the-counter painkillers (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen,
cause widespread damage to the intestines. Intestinal bleeding from
these medications kills at least 16,500 Americans each year according to
this research (the actual number, though, is estimated to be over 40,000
each year).

Original source:


More than 70 percent of patients who took painkillers such as
ibuprofen for more than three months suffered damage to their small
intestines, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.
The study is yet another blow to patients trying to find ways to
treat arthritis pain, after reports that the most advanced drugs, called
COX-2 inhibitors, can raise the risk of heart death.
Dr. David Y. Graham of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston
and colleagues studied 21 patients taking a range of drugs called
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS.
They compared them to 20 patients taking either acetaminophen, an
unrelated painkiller, or nothing.
"Small-bowel injury was seen in 71 percent of NSAID users compared
with 10 percent of controls," they wrote in Monday's issue of the
journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
"We have always known that NSAIDs can cause potentially deadly
stomach complications, but the extent of the impact on the small
intestine was largely unknown until now," Graham added.
Arthritis pain is incurable but can be treated with a range of
drugs, including NSAIDS such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen;
acetaminophen; or the newer drugs called COX-2 inhibitors.
NSAIDS work very well but damage the stomach and intestine.
They are blamed for 16,500 deaths a year in the United States
alone, Graham said.
"Anybody who takes aspirin or (other) NSAIDS for a year has a 1 to
4 percent risk of serious gastrointestinal complications," Graham said
in a telephone interview.
"If the drugs didn't have such benefits, we'd have taken them off
the market some time ago."
Acetaminophen, sold generically and also under the brand name
Tylenol, does not work for many patients, Graham said.

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