Editorial: Providers should be more careful in prescribing painkillers

03/1/2007 | NYTimes.com

A heart association reminder that painkillers carry certain risks for people who take them was an important service health care providers should heed, The New York Times said in an editorial. The newspaper said providers should consider Cox-2 inhibitors only as a last resort, when acetaminophen or aspirin at the lowest effective dose have failed to cure the problem, or when fallback treatment with naproxen and ibuprofen is not effective.

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