Clot risk with NSAIDs

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are associated with increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism, according to new research.

The meta-analysis shows a statistically significant increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in users of NSAIDs compared with non-users.

Writing in the journal Rheumatology, the investigators, led by Dr Patompong Ungprasert from New York’s Columbia University, urge caution when prescribing NSAIDs, especially to patients at high baseline risk of VTE.

He told the BMJ it was unclear why NSAIDS may increase the risk of VTE,

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