Report: Two types of arthritis drugs pose similar risks, benefits

10/17/2006 | Reuters

Results of a government review show the two main types of drugs used to treat osteoarthritis offer the same benefits while posing similar risk of heart attack. The report covered nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen, along with COX-2 inhibitors, such as Celebrex. It showed naproxen to be an exception, carrying a lower risk of heart attack than the 25 other drugs included in the analysis.

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