Follow directions — or die

The over-the-counter painkiller Aleve may kill more than your pain. The FDA (not exactly the most reliable source by now) reports that if you don’t follow the drug directions carefully, it could lead to heart attack or stroke, two things we assume it is not intended to give you.
Aleve’s manufacturer Bayer said, yes, um, you should really be reading the directions and sort of following them pretty closely, that’s why they’re there and shit.
In a study, elderly Alzheimer’s patients taking naproxin, the active ingredient in Aleve, had a 50% greater chance of suffering strokes or heart attacks than those who took a placebo. In a funny coincidence, the same study included a group also taking Celebrex which has recently had a warning attached about also causing heart attacks, but in this study it wasn’t the Celebrex that had the customers greeting St. Peter.

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