Fosbøl, Emil L2; Olsen, Anne-Marie Schjerning2; Olesen, Jonas Bjerring2; Andersson, Charlotte2; Kober, Lars4; Torp-Pedersen, Christian5; Gislason, Gunnar H4
1 Department of Clinical Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet2 unknown3 Section of Surgery and Internal Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet4 Department of Clinical Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet5 Section of Surgery and Internal Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Københavns Universitet
BACKGROUND: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can increase bleeding and thrombosis, but little is known about the cerebrovascular safety of these drugs, especially among healthy people. AIMS: The aim of this study was to examine the risk of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke associated with the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in healthy people. METHODS: By individual-level linkage of nationwide administrative registers in Denmark, information on hospital admissions, prescription claims, vital status, and cause of death were obtained. A cohort of healthy people without hospital admissions for five-years and no important prescription claims for two-years was selected. Case crossover and Cox proportional hazard models were used to analyze the relationship between nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug utilization and specific cerebrovascular risk (fatal or non-fatal ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke). RESULTS: We selected 1,028,437 healthy individuals (median age 39 years). At least one nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug was claimed by 44·7% of the study population, and the drugs were generally used for a short period of time and in low doses. High-dose ibuprofen and diclofenac were associated with increased risk of ischemic stroke [hazard ratio 2·15 (95% confidence interval 1·66-2·79) and 2·37 (confidence interval 1·99-2·81), respectively]. Diclofenac was also associated with increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke and so was naproxen [hazard ratio 2·15 (confidence interval 1·35-3·42)]. CONCLUSIONS: In healthy individuals, use of commonly available nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, and naproxen was associated with increased risk of stroke.
International Journal of Stroke, 2014, Vol 9, Issue 7, p. 943-955