|Barked: Fri Oct 25, '13 6:04am PST |
|This is a known side effect of most NSAIDs, including (human) aspirin. All drugs carry the potential for side effects, the FDA makes sure those side effects are either mild, or will effect only a very small portion of the people or animals using the drug. This is why you hear the long and frightening list of side effects after ads from everything from birth control to antidepressants to arthritis meds on television. Most people will not have a heart attack, liver failure, psychosis, etc... But a very small percentage of people in trials did.
It's up to us to decide whether the condition we, or our animals, are in warrants the risk of using a specific drug, and monitor them for signs of a problem. For whatever it's worth, it very often is well worth the risk. I remember, when I was a kid, a certain arthritis drug was pulled from the market because it was found to cause heart problems in too high a percentage of users. But the drug was so effective, and there were no comparable drugs, that a huge number of people protested the FDAs call to halt production. They said they would rather have lived 2 more months on the drug and had a heart attack than lived 2 more years in the pain they were in.
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