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NSAIDs are linked to increased risk of venous thromboembolism, study finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 25 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5834
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A meta-analysis has found a statistically significant increased risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in users of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which has led researchers to say that these drugs should be prescribed with caution.

NSAIDs are among the most commonly used classes of drugs, but they are well known for their potential adverse effects. For example, in 2004 rofecoxib (Vioxx) was withdrawn from the market because of concerns about an increased risk of myocardial infarction and sudden …

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