AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION TELLS DOCTORS TO SLOW DOWN ON PRESCRIBING DRUGS
Change the way you prescribe pain relievers! That is the message the American Heart Association is telling many doctors. Dr. Elliott Antman, the lead author of the recent scientific statement says:
“We beleive that some physicians have been prescribing the new COX-2 inhibitors as the first line of treatment. We are turning that around and saying, for chronic pain in patients with known heart disease or who are at risk for heart disease, these drugs should be the last line of treatment.”
The most common COX-2 inhibitors include Celebrex, Vioxx, and Bextra. The American Heart Association advises physicians to start with non-prescriptive drug treatment lime physical therapy. If the non-drug approach is not providing enough pain control, then they recommend a stepped-care approach with it comes to prescribing drugs.
The American Heart Association recommends the consideration of aspirin and acetaminophen (Tylenol) first and even a short-term use of narcotic analgesics as the first step. Only if further relief is needed should physicians guest the least selective COX-2 inhibitors first, moving progressively towards more selective COX-2 inhibitors.
Many of my clients must suffer from chronic pain because of a Florida car accident or work injury. If it not fair that they must suffer through the day because of someone’s carelessness. Many must resort to prescriptive drugs in order to simply perform the demands of their life–whether at home or at work.
If you must take Celebrex, Vioxx, or Bextra for chronic pain, amke sure you talk with your doctor about the risk of heart problems associated with these types of drugs.
If the reason you must take these drugs is because you were injured in a Florida car accident or work injury, you should consult with an attorney to understand your rights. My firm has been representing those injured in automobile accidents and work injuries in Florida for over 52 years. To contact me to discuss your injury, simply click here.