A 62-year-old male asked:
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is it bad on a heart with congestive heart failure to prescribe pain medications?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Depends . . .: There are many different kinds of pain medications so you need to be more specific. Acetaminophen (paracetamol outside the states) can be dangerous to the liver in overdose but not the heart. Nsaids like Ibuprofen can cause kidney problems, stomach ulcers & lead to fluid retention which would be bad for heart failure. In fact, nsaids carry a black box warning against cardiovascular risk.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014

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