|OTC painkillers called NSAIDs|
can be dangerous for people
who have suffered a heart
What OTC medications are considered NSAIDs? As mentioned above, ibuprofen and naproxen are considered NSAIDs. They are also sold by brand names like Advil, Motrin and Aleve. Aspirin is also an NSAID that is available over the counter. NSAIDs are also available by prescription. It is important to tell your primary doctor if you have suffered a heart attack in the past. However, because OTC medications are available at pharmacies, grocery stores and even convenience stores, it is important for heart attack sufferers to be aware of the serious risks involved with taking them.
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute reports that at-risk patients can take aspirin for heart attack prevention in order to thin the blood and avoid new blood clots. Aspirin is considered an anti-clotting medicine. These medications prevent platelets from clumping together to form new blood clots, lowering a patient’s risk of having a heart attack.
Kathryn M. D’Imperio