Close X
Get more out of WDDTY.com
by joining the site for free
Free 17-point plan to great health
Twice weekly e-news bulletins
Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
Sign up for free and claim your
17-point plan to great health
Free 17-point plan to great health

Twice weekly e-news bulletins

Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
OR

If you want to read our in-depth research articles or
have our amazing magazine delivered to your home
each month, then you have to pay.


Click here if you're interested
Helping you make better health choices

In shops now or delivered to your home from only £3.50 an issue!

Subscribe!

Most dangerous drug is also the one doctors most often prescribe
About the author: 
WDDTY Team

One of the world's most dangerous drugs is also the most frequently prescribed by doctors around the world, including the UK

One of the world's most dangerous drugs is also the most frequently prescribed by doctors around the world, including the UK. The painkiller can cause heart attack and stroke, and yet doctors are prescribing it at three times the level of safer alternatives.
Diclofenac, an NSAID (non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug) found in well-known brands such as Voltarol, Diclofex and Rheumatac, has a similar safety profile as Vioxx, the discredited painkiller that is suspected of causing at least 60,000 deaths.
Despite the many alarms over diclofenac, doctors continue to prescribe it in vast numbers, and it remains their most popular choice among the NSAIDs.
Researchers from the London School of Medicine discovered that prescriptions for the drug were three times greater than for a safer alternative such as naproxen.
As doctors seem unable to protect patients, the world's drug regulators should intervene, and remove the drug from the list of approved medications, say researchers.
(Source: PLoS Medicine, 2013; 10: e1001388).


You may also be interested in...

Latest Tweet

About

Since 1989, WDDTY has provided thousands of resources on how to beat asthma, arthritis, depression and many other chronic conditions.

Start by looking in our fully searchable database, active and friendly community forums and the latest health news.

Positive SSL Wildcard

Facebook Twitter

Most Popular Health Website of the Year 2014

© 2010 - 2017 WDDTY Publishing Ltd.
All Rights Reserved