Overdose of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs increases health risks

NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are commonly used "to help relieve conditions such as chronic pain and arthritis," but can be dangerously overdone.

The BBC reports:

"Doctors are being warned that high daily doses of common painkillers such as ibroprofen can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
The guidance is being issued by the Commission on Human Medicines.

"British Medical Journal research published in June found taking the drugs meant an extra three people in a thousand would have such conditions....

"The lowest effective doses of NSAIDs should be taken for the shortest time necessary for the control of symptoms."