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Elderly Face Heart Attack, Bone Fracture Risk form Narcotic Painkillers

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Darvon, Darvocet and other narcotic painkillers could be dangerous to elderly patients. A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found that such painkillers – also known as opiods – increase the risk of heart attacks and broken bones in elderly arthritis patients.

The study focused on 12,840 Medicare patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey treated between January 1999 and December 2005. According to The Wall Street Journal, it found that those treated with narcotic painkillers (also known as opiods) faced an 87 percent increased risk of death during the study, compared to NSAIDs like ibuprofen.

Recently, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) asked drug makers to stop sales of one narcotic painkiller, proproxyphene, because of its association with serious and possibly fatal heart rhythm problems. Last month Xanodyne issued a Darvon and Darvocet recall (propoxyphene is the active ingredient in both painkillers).

The study found that people who took opioids were more than twice as likely to have a heart attack compared to those who took NSAIDs. Most surprising, according to CNN, the risk of heart attack seen with narcotic painkillers was higher than that seen COX-2 inhibitors, even Vioxx and Bextra. COX-2 inhibitors have long been the subject of heart safety concerns, and both Vioxx and Bextra were pulled from the market because of their association with heart problems.

The narcotics were also associated with a risk of fractures that was 4.5 times that in patients taking the NSAID drugs. According to a CNN report, the researches found that in a given year, about 1 in 10 older people who take a narcotic painkiller will break a bone, compared with about 1 in 50 people taking COX-2 inhibitors, a more targeted form of NSAID.

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