Researchers have found that although the drug Voltaren is commonly used for treating aches and sporting strain, users could be at serious risk of heart attack.
Voltaren's active ingredient, dicolfenac has been the topic of alarm in a study in the journal of the American Medical Association.
AdvertisementOn surveying results for 1.5 million people using this anti-inflammatory drug it was found to increase the relative risk of heart attack and stroke by up to 40%.
Newcastle University spokesperson David Henry said, "We've looked at the effects of causing heart failure, we've also looked at the propensity of dicolfenac to damage liver, and now we're looking at the propensity to cause heart attacks. So from that simple list you realize that they have a lot of side effects."
The researchers have advised those already at risk of heart attack to consider alternative treatments.