With the dispensing of drugs by chemists all over the county to patients without doctors advice, the increase in intake of pain killers by the population as a remedy to their different complications as been on the rise .
Diclofenac the drug currently under warning is used to relieve pain, swelling or inflammation and joint stiffness caused by arthritis. It is widely accepted for being a perfect pain killer.
However, in a shocking revelation by a statement by a statement from the pharmacy and poisons board (PPB) released on Friday warned that consuming the drug for a long period of time and on regular basis to manage pain causes stroke and heart attack.
In the same statement as signed by Chief executive officer of the board Dr Siyoi sounded a stern warning that the drug causes increased risk of blood clots especially in patients with underlying heart conditions or certain cardio vascular risk factors which can lead to heart attack.
The board futher advised Kenyan citizens that the drug should be released on prescription only . Smokers or people with high blood pressure and diabetes have been urged to seek medical consultations. Similarly, those on long -term Diclofenac treatment will get their treatment reviewed by the health care professionals.
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