'Increased risk of venous thromboembolism among NSAID users'

September 25, 2014 7:05 AM

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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Millions of Americans take NSAIDs for musculoskeletal problems, sprains, strains, back pain headache and painful menstruation periods, as well as chronic conditions such as arthritis and lupus.

Some previous studies have linked increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) - a condition that includes both deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism - with NSAID use, but the evidence has been limited.

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