Potential Heart Risks Associated With Painkillers

Published 02/11 2014 09:51AM

Updated 02/11 2014 09:56AM

Today the Food and Drug Administration is continuing discussions of the potential heart risks of certain painkillers.

Specifically, they're talking about Naproxen, sold as Aleve.

All non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers like ibuprofen come with warning labels about the potential for heart problems.

But some experts say Aleve's heart risks may be much smaller and therefore safer than the other medications.

The panel of experts could offer a recommendation on label changes today, if any .

The FDA is not required to follow its experts' advice but often does.

In other health news, a new study finds the so-called "drugged driving" is on the rise across the country.

Researchers assessed National Highway Traffic Safety Association data from 1999 to 2010.

They found non-alcohol drug-related accidents climbed from 16.6% to 28.3% within that period.

For marijuana alone, the number of accidents tripled from 4% to 12%.

Drugs were also involved in nearly 1/4 of driver deaths who were killed within an hour of a crash.

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