The brother of my brother in law passed away just the other day after using Aleve for about one week. Aleve is an over the counter Naproxen Naproxen is the same type of medication that the prescribed Vioxx is.
Vioxx was removed from the market owed to several deaths.
Aleve and Vioxx are both anti-inflametory medications. Never take a Naproxen type medication without a doctor's orders. These meds are known to cause heart attacks due to an allergic reaction. .
How sad! My sympathies to you and your extended family.
This is why I avoid medications whenever possible. I used to take lots of meds for depression and even acne. The side effects of meds can be horrid. Even basic stuff like aspirin does a number on my stomach and if I can avoid it I do.
Thank you for sharing your warning regarding this medication, it is always good to know more about what is out there.
All the best
Thanks for your words of comfort. Not all drugs are dangerous but anything anti-inflammatory is. Other medicines for arthritis are also very dangerous and can even cause Lymphoma (cancer of the Lymph glands)
My sister's brother-in-law is who died. He thought it was safe because he bought the Aleve at Walmart. A few people are in the high risk group for Aleve,(Aleve is made for severe headaches and arthritis) which are those who have an allergic reaction. (Naproxen, Vioxx etc)†
My sister's brother-in-law was found in the floor. He wasn't breathing and his whole body was swollen. He was put on life support and the doctor's induced coma so he could heal faster. He died the next day.
Just as a matter of interest - how can you have a brother of a brother in law that is not also a brother in law? Surely he was just your brother in law?
No, he could be her sister's or brother's husband's brother. Wow, that's a mouthful. Anyway, Deborah, I'm so sorry to hear about that. That's the first time I've heard of this, my condolences.
No, if the guy married her sister then his brother is not her brother in law but rather her sisters brother in law.
Time to take some flu medicine and go to bed methinks.
Texan, thanks for explaining it to him.
Always getting off topic trying to be funny.
No it was not my brother in law. It was the brother in law of my sister.
But gee thanks for your sympathy.
Great I just took one of these prescription strength Naproxins about 10 minutes ago.
Sorry to hear that. Thanks for the info. I used to take those. They felt like acid in my stomach. Usually the things that seem to work the best do the most damage.
The number of annual deaths from ASPIRIN is astonishing -- yet it's an easily available, unregulated, OTC medication.
The failure rate of anti-depressants is 60% -- yet they are widely prescribed in spite of their side effects and ineffectiveness.
But other medications, ones with high rates of effectiveness (over 50%) and low to no side effects, are NOT approved by the FDA. Why? Because the pharmaceutical co's can't patent them and/or make enough $$$ from them.
Though I am not a big fan of his, I DO recommend the book called something like "Cures they Dont Want You to Know About" by Kevin Tredeau (sp?). Amazing stuff in there.
So sorry to hear that someone you knew passed from a "safe" medication.
In my old country we had lots of amazing doctors and not enough right medications. People used a lot of natural remedies. And here (in Canada) you can just go and complain about anything and come back with lots of prescribed stuff that can make you really sick and even kill you, sorry, it's a very sad but fact! Who is going to conrol doctors? They are humans, not saints? I do not get it.
Firstly, I would like to offer my sincere condolences for the death of your family member.
Secondly, I would like to thank you for sharing this information. Aleve is normally the medication I turn to for headaches because I've developed a tolerance to most other medications and I actually have a severe sensitivity to Aspirin. I'm going to have to make an appointment with my doctor and ask him about some alternative medications for pain relief.
Gosh, that's sad and disturbing.
I know freak "accidents" do happen.
The swelling sounds like an allergic reaction.
When you get any prescription med the 5 pages of warnings and side effects is enough to make you never, ever want to take it.
But wouldn't logic tell you that if they took the prescription form off the market -- the otc version would likewise be suspect?
Thanks for the warning.
jclason -- will you please check back in with us in a few hours so we know you're ok?
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