Stroke death risk increased by arthritis pain drugs

COX-2 inhibitors prescribed for arthritis and pain increase the risk of death from ischaemic stroke, according to a study published in the journal Neurology.

It shows people using COX-2 inhibitors are 19% more likely to die after stroke than people who do not take the drugs.

New users of the older COX-2 drugs, such as etodolac, are 42% more likely to die than non-users.