MedicineNet Poll Shows Consumers Very Worried About Potential Side Effects of Naproxen (Aleve)

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A MedicineNet consumer poll shows that 26.3% of health care consumers are very worried about potentially dangerous side effects, and 21.2% are not sure of what to believe

With recent disclosures about potentially dangerous side effects of pain medications, 70 million Americans with joint pain must weigh the news against their own persistent pain. MedicineNet, an online health care information resource polled 358 consumers to determine their response to the recent news of a study which has linked long-term use of Naproxen, Aleve, to heart attacks and strokes. 26.3% (94) of the consumers polled are very worried, and 21.2% (76) are not sure what to believe. This poll shows that the withdrawal of Vioxx from the market and recent revelations about side effects of Celebrex, and now Naproxen, are both frightening and confusing consumers.

The relief these controversial drugs provide for chronic joint pain will force many consumers to weigh carefully the potential dangers against their need for relief. 7.3% (26) of polled consumers were willing to live with an increased risk of potential heart attack from Naproxen.

In response to the poll results, Dr. Shiel, Chief Medical Editor of MedicineNet.com stated that "chronic joint pain degrades the quality of life for many patients, and these pain relievers are important for improving function. In light of this recent news, physicians will need to educate their patients on the potential side effects of these medications as well as review with them their risks."

"Online medical resources including MedicineNet provide consumer information about these pain relief medications and their associated side effects. This allows consumers and physicians to make more informed decisions," added David Sorenson, Vice President Marketing at MedicineNet.

MedicineNet, Inc. is an online healthcare publishing company, creating proprietary consumer information that is produced by a network of 75+ U.S. board-certified physicians. Since 1996, it has been the trusted source for easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information via its robust, user-friendly, interactive Web site at http://www.medicinenet.com. The Doctors of MedicineNet are also proud to author the Webster's New World(TM) Medical Dictionary now in its second edition, published by Wiley Publishing, Inc.

MedicineNet Information on Naproxen and Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs):

naproxen, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Anaprox, Aleve (information on this OTC drug) http://www.medicinenet.com/naproxen/article.htm

Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) (information on this class of drug http://www.medicinenet.com/nonsteroidal_antiinflammatory_drugs/article.htm

Chronic Pain (article)

http://www.medicinenet.com/chronic_pain/article.htm

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