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The Complete Ibuprofen / Ibuprophen Lawsuit Page!

 Scientists report that Ibuprofen has health risks similar to those reported for Bextra,
Celebrex and Vioxx. This may lead to removal of OTC status for the drug, as well as one or more class-action lawsuits.

From the Children's Medical Center Dallas:

Ibuprofen lawsuit serves as reminder for parents

A citizen petition filed on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Washington urges the government to require warning labels on ibuprofen products, such as Advil , Motrin and Aleve . The petition claims that ibuprofen can cause two potentially fatal reactions: Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis.

The petition was prompted by a lawsuit filed on Jan. 21 by New Jersey parents on behalf of their daughter who was diagnosed with TEN last year and treated for burns over 70 percent of her body. TEN is a severe skin reaction, often preceded by SJS, which causes mucous lesions and blistering over as much as 30 percent of the body. TEN causes extensive blistering and peeling of the skin, much like that suffered by burn victims.

More about Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

From the Holistic Pediatric Association:

The rare disorder known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) has been recognized as an adverse effect of Motrin (ibuprofen) since the 1980s. At that time Motrin was a prescription only drug and it included a warning of this risk.

From the Globe and Mail, July 8, 2005:

An independent panel that reviewed the safety of cox-2 painkillers for Health Canada is calling for the return of the controversial drug Vioxx -- and sounding an unexpected alarm about the heart risks of an old and popular pain reliever, ibuprofen...Most notably, the panel calls for the over-the-counter pain reliever ibuprofen -- which is sold under names such as Motrin and Advil -- to be moved behind the counter so pharmacists can discuss with customers the risk of cardiovascular side effects before they buy it....

From Consumer Affairs online, July 10, 2005, in an article about the possible resumption of Vioxx sales in Canada:

...The agency [Health Canada, Canada's equivalent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration] said it acknowledges the panel's view that, as a group, selective COX-2 inhibitors are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events, a risk that is similar to those associated with most non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a category that includes other COX-2 drugs as well as ibuprofen and other popular pain relievers. The panel noted that this risk is present for all patients taking anti-inflammatory agents and that it increases with longer-term use and when other risk factors, such as cardiovascular disease, are present.....

Here are links to SwopNet Medical Guides to some common medical ailments. These guides provide practical, helpful, un-biased information for patients.

About the medical recommendations on these pages: Some of the medications listed are prescription drugs (requiring a doctor's prescription). Other low cost drugs listed are over the counter drugs (available as drugs without prescriptions) and do not require you to visit a doctor. In any case, you should consult your local physician before ordering or taking any medications. And in all cases, the advice of a licensed medical practitioner familiar with your particular condition should be sought.