Safety Concerns Hang over Popular Painkillers Research suggests several popular painkillers may increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. These concerns prompted Merck to pull its blockbuster drug Vioxx off the market. Studies also have linked Celebrex and naproxen to heart risks.
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Safety Concerns Hang over Popular Painkillers

Follow NPR coverage of the links between popular painkillers and heart risks.

FDA Offers Advisory for Painkillers

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How One Doctor Is Advising Patients on Celebrex

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Pfizer Says Study Links Celebrex, Heart Risk

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Merck Pulls Arthritis Drug Vioxx from Market

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