Taking common painkillers like ibuprofen raises the risk of being admitted to hospital for heart failure for a fortnight, the biggest ever study has shown.
Researchers at the University of Milano-Bicocca in Italy found some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) double the risk of heart problems.
And even common drugs, like ibuprofen increase the chance of being admitted to hospital by 18 per cent for 14 days after swallowing.
The authors say that it is now so easy to buy drugs in supermarkets that many people think medication is harmless but it could be dangerous for people with underlying heart conditions.
“This study offers further evidence that the most frequently used individual traditional painkillers are associated with an increased risk of hospital admission for heart failure. Moreover, the risk seems to vary between drugs and according to the dose,” said lead author Dr Giovanni Corrao.
The findings are based on almost 10 million painkiller users from Britain, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany.