Painkillers Aleve, Celebrex Do Not Prevent Alzheimer’s

May 14, 2008

According to a new government study, common painkillers such as Celebrex and Aleve do not protect elderly from Alzheimer's disease or dementia..New York (ChattahBox) – According to a new government study, common painkillers such as Celebrex and Aleve do not protect elderly from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

It has been believed in the past that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Aleve and Celebrex could help with the prevention of Alzheimer’s.

The hope was that since they reduce inflammation in the brain, they may be able to slow the progression of the degenerative disease.

A study of more than 2,000 people who were around the age of 70 found that this was not the case though, as neither Aleve nor Celebrex helped with the prevention of Alzheimer’s.

Celebrex and Aleve, when used for long periods of time, were also linked to heart risks in elderly such as an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

Due to these negative side effects, it has not been recommended to take these common painkillers to prevent Alzheimer’s.

The study is set to appear in July’s Archives of Neurology.


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