Over the summer, we had barely spoken to each other—or, more accurately, he had barely spoken to me.
Vioxx and Bextra became blockbusters because they avoided this problem, but heart concerns emerged and the drugs were withdrawn.
Some research suggested that Celebrex, the lone drug left in that class, might pose risks at high doses.
WHAT WE DON'T KNOW The study doesn't tell us whether any of these drugs is safer than no drug -- there was no placebo group.
All we can say is that if they raise heart risks, they do so equally.
Elliott Antman, a past president of the Heart Association and a cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
"I remain worried about the patient with known heart disease," and do not feel comfortable about any of these pain drugs for them, he said. Carl "Chip" Lavie of Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, said the results confirm what he has been telling patients: Celebrex seems safer than many alternatives, and can be combined more safely with blood thinners and other medicines many people need. sales of .2 billion, but that fell to around 5 million in 2015, the first full year there was a generic version, which sold 6 million that year, according to Quintiles IMS, a health research company. S., about 8.3 million prescriptions were filled for Celebrex or its generic version, versus 43 million for ibuprofen and nearly 20 million for naproxen.A new study gives some reassurance to arthritis sufferers who want pain relief but are worried about side effects.It finds that Celebrex, a drug similar to ones withdrawn 12 years ago for safety reasons, is no riskier for the heart than some other prescription pain pills that are much tougher on the stomach.No new side effects emerged and Celebrex "seemed safer that way." Results were discussed Sunday at an American Heart Association conference and published by the New England Journal of Medicine.Here are some things to know about the study and options for soothing throbbing joints. Many of the 52 million Americans with arthritis need long-term pain medicines and higher doses than over-the-counter ones, but some can cause serious stomach trouble.This was a surprise: Earlier studies suggested naproxen would be safest.